Ward meetings are the best kind of grassroots democracy. You’ll hear from fellow Ward members as they describe the roles they’ve played in candidate and issue advocacy, get-out-the-vote efforts, and Democratic Party organizing.
You will get to vote for candidates for Ward and Precinct offices. You will also be able to run for a Ward or Precinct office yourself, or to be an additional member of the County Central Committee (CCC). Ward and Precinct Chairs are automatically members of the CCC. Some precincts, depending on their voting performance, are able to elect additional CCC members. Members of the CCC elect the County Party Chair, the County Vice-Chairs, and members of the State Central Committee (SCC). Those roles in the Democratic Party structure are described in Ward Elections and Overview of Party Roles.
All voters and candidates for Ward and Precinct offices, and for the CCC, must be registered Democrats, and must live in and be registered voters in the ward and precinct in which they plan to vote. They must be registered at least 30 days before their ward election. To know when your ward meets, check:
In order to attend your ward meeting as a voter, complete the form for Registration As Elector (Voter). This form helps us certify you as an eligible Democrat who will vote for Ward/Precinct/CCC candidates in your ward. Upon submitting your registration form, you will be sent a confirmation email that your form has been received. After you are certified as eligible to participate, you will receive another email confirming your certification and giving the information needed to attend the meeting.
If you want to run for Ward Chair, Precinct chair, additional CCC member, or other precinct/ward offices, fill out the Statement of Candidacy.
If you want to run for office, you should recruit Democratic friends in your ward or precinct to attend the meeting and vote for you. If you are at the meeting, you can nominate yourself, even if you did not fill out a Statement of Candidacy (see link provided above). However, the better practice is to fill out that form ahead of time.
If you can’t attend the meeting, someone at the meeting can nominate you. You do not have to be present to be elected. However, to be nominated in absentia, it must be clear you are eligible and that you would accept the position if elected, so you will need to fill out the Statement of Candidacy and indicate the position(s) you are running for.
At the meeting, you will have up to 2 minutes to introduce yourself to ward and precinct members and tell them why you are running and what you intend to do in office, if elected. If you are nominated but are not attending the meeting, the person nominating you will have the same 2 minutes to tell the voters about you.
Only people in attendance at the meeting, who are qualified electors (voters), can vote.
DEADLINE: All Registrations must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm two full days before the scheduled Ward and Precinct meeting.