Become A Precinct Delegate

What’s the difference between a Precinct Delegate and a Precinct Captain?

Precinct Delegate is the easiest job you’ll ever volunteer for. You don’t have to go to meetings or make phone calls or knock on doors. You just need to put your name on a ballot. It’s your chance to make it official: “I’m a Democrat and I’m proud of it.”

Depending on population, some precincts can elect two or three Democrat precinct delegates. We need to register more than 500 precinct delegates by May 7 so we can have the maximum number of Democrat delegates on the ballot in every precinct in Kent County. 

We will have a special Voter Education Session on precinct delegates from 6-7 p.m. April 10 before the next monthly meeting at the Dem headquarters. You can complete the necessary paperwork — an affidavit of identity and receipt of filing — and get that paperwork notarized by Joan Long, who will be available to answer any questions.

If you want to do more in your precinct — organize your neighbors and get the vote out — we will also have a table where Rich Thrush will explain the Precinct Captain’s job and give you an opportunity to sign up for training.  Rich says walking for Democrats increases the vote 8 percent. 

Delegate or captain—your precinct needs you.

Precinct Power: What is a Precinct?

  • A precinct is the basic unit of voters. Your precinct determines your polling place. Everyone who votes at your polling place lives in your precinct. 
  • You can find your precinct number and polling place on your voter registration card or online at 
  • There are 251 precincts in Kent County and we want at least one Democrat Precinct Delegate on the ballot in every one of them. 
  • Every election begins at the precinct. If you want to win the election, you’ve got to win the precincts.

Delegate or captain—your precinct needs you.

Want to be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention? Here’s How.

Ever wonder how we, as a Democratic Party, decide which candidates will run under our banner in the fall?

For many offices, such as Congress, state legislature, and county and township offices, our nominees are chosen in the summer primary election (August 6 this year). Candidates for statewide education boards and Michigan Supreme Court are nominated at a state Democratic convention (this year’s convention will be August 24 in Lansing – mark your calendar!).

But how do we decide our nominee for President?

The Democratic presidential nominating process includes the following steps:

STEP ONE: Presidential primary election. More than 770,000 Michigan voters voted a Democratic ballot in the presidential primary election. President Joe Biden got 81.1% of the vote statewide, including 82% in the 2nd Congressional District and 80.6% in the 3rd Congressional District.

STEP TWO: Delegates are awarded to presidential candidates. Delegate spots are awarded proportionally to candidates who receive more than 15% of the vote in the presidential primary statewide as well as within each congressional district. Because only Joe Biden got over 15% of the vote, he won all statewide delegate spots as well as all delegates for the 2nd and 3rd districts.

STEP THREE: The actual delegates (and alternates) are selected. Michigan will have 140 National Convention delegates this year. These include four from the Second Congressional District; six from the Third Congressional District; 25 at-large delegates; and 15 delegate spots reserved for Party leaders and elected officials. District-level delegates will be elected at Congressional District Conventions on May 11; all other delegates and alternates will be elected by the Michigan Democratic State Central Committee on June 8. To run for DNC Delegate and/or Alternate, you must fill out the Delegate Declaration of Candidacy form and be an MDP member by April 11 (for district-level Delegate candidates) or May 6 (for PLEO and At-Large candidates). Protip: Fill out and send in your Delegate Declaration of Candidacy ASAP – don’t let deadlines sneak up on you!

STEP FOUR: Democratic National Convention. The Convention will take place on August 19-22 in Chicago. Delegates to the Convention will vote to nominate our candidates for President and Vice President and adopt the Democratic Party’s national platform.

Want to be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention? If so, you must do two things by April 12:

District-level delegates will be selected at district conventions on Saturday, May 11.

Get Out The Vote for the 2024 Presidential Primary!

Happy GOTV weekend, everyone! A few reminders:

  • If you haven’t voted yet in the presidential primary, make sure you make your plan to vote! You can vote early in person today, Saturday, or Sunday. If you have an absentee ballot, make sure to turn it in to a drop box or in person (we don’t recommend using the mail at this point!). Polls will be open Tuesday from 7am to 8pm. You can find more information about where you can vote at
  • The MDP Voter Protection Hotline is available in English, Arabic, and Spanish. Call 833MIVOTES (833-648-6837) for any questions about voting, or to report any challenges you run into.
  • We will be canvassing tomorrow (Sat 2/24) at 10am. This is one of the most effective ways to reach out to voters, knocking on doors and having one-on-one conversations. We’ll be leaving from the Kent Dems office, and you can sign up here:
  • Also tomorrow (Sat 2/24) from 2:30pm to 4:30pm, Congresswoman Scholten is hosting a virtual phone bank to call voters, with some other special guests! This will be an online phonebank to reach out to voters (training will be provided!). You can RSVP here:
  • Interested in volunteering as a poll challenger on Election Day? Sign up here to receive training and scheduling information:

Learn more about Volunteering with Kent Dems here.