The COVID-19 pandemic and its related “stay-at-home” restrictions have injected a bit more difficulty and renewed urgency to the Jackson County Democratic Committee’s biennial process of recruiting precinct delegate candidates.
Simply put, you must act fast.
With the 4 p.m. May 5 filing deadline rapidly approaching, it is crucial that anyone interested in running for precinct delegate in the Aug. 4 primary election file their Affidavit of Identity with the Jackson County Clerk as soon as possible. Please note that current precinct delegates MUST FILE to run again if they wish to continue serving.
Precinct delegates are elected during the August primary of each even-numbered year. The number of available delegate positions varies with each election, but in most cases there are more available positions than candidates to fill them, so please consider filing to run.
Petition signatures are not required to run for precinct delegate, but the required Affidavit of Identity must be signed in the presence of a notary public. While e-notary certifications are being accepted under Executive Order 2020-41, the process for obtaining e-notarization and electronic submission to the clerk is unclear. Therefore, it may be best to obtain notarization in person.
Jackson County Elections Director Jenny Crews suggests candidates make an appointment with their local clerk or with a financial institution (i.e. bank or credit union) for notary services. She also strongly urges that, once they are notarized, Affidavits of Identity be submitted by First Class mail. If you do so, be sure to mail it no later than Friday, May 1, to ensure it arrives by the May 5 deadline.
Original versions of notarized Affidavits of Identity should be sent to:
Jackson County Courthouse
312 S. Jackson St.
Jackson, MI 49201
Candidates who wish to submit their notarized Affidavits of Identity in person can do so BY APPOINTMENT on Thursdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or on April 21 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 517-768-6759 or email JCrews@mijackson.org for an appointment.