Call to Action: Precinct delegate candidates must file by May 5

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.

>>> Learn more about the role of Democratic precinct delegates in Jackson County

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.

>>> Download and print a PDF copy of the Affidavit of Identity

Original versions of notarized Affidavits of Identity should be sent to:

Jackson County Courthouse
Elections Director
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 for an appointment.

>>> Learn more about precinct delegate filing requirements

Location PO Box 2000, Jackson, MI 49204-2000 Phone (517) 783-6247 E-mail Hours Paid for with regulated funds by the Jackson County Democratic Committee
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