Precinct Conventions are held biannually to elect and coordinate action at the community level. There are thirty-one precincts throughout Payne County. Below are some FAQs about Precinct Convention.
The Payne County Democratic Party will hold its organizational Precinct Meetings on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions.
Who can participate in the Precinct Meetings?
All registered Democrats are encouraged to attend and participate. This is your chance to have a say in how the party conducts business and handles its affairs.
What happens during these precinct meetings?
We’ll have a short introduction to the rules and then each precinct will separate into separate groups and hold a meeting to elect officers and adopt resolutions.
What should I bring to precinct meetings?
When you arrive, you will sign in and we’ll determine which precinct you are registered to vote in so that you can participate in the correct meeting.
It will save time if you can bring your voter registration card which will have your party affiliation and the precinct in which you are registered to vote.
If you want to propose a resolution to be adopted by your precinct and sent up for consideration at the County Convention on March 31, then try to write it down in advance and bring it the meeting. That will also save time.
What officers are elected at the precinct meeting?
Each Precinct will elect three officers – Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary. These officers will be delegates to the upcoming County Convention on March 31 in Stillwater and help elect county officers.
In addition, two committeemen and two committeewomen may be chosen, but they are not delegates to the county convention. If no precinct meeting is held where officers are elected, then that precinct will not have representation at the county convention.
Who can be a precinct officer?
Any Democrat registered to vote in that precinct may be elected as a precinct officer.
Under the constitution of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, the chair and vice-chair must be of different genders. For example, If you elect a woman as chair, then the vice-chair cannot also be a woman. The secretary may be of any gender.
What do precinct officers do?
Besides the parliamentary duties of running the meetings, precinct officers are expected to:
- Represent the Democrats of the Precinct as delegates to the Payne County Convention,
- Know who the members of the precinct election board are and help the County Central Committee in finding and recruiting replacements,
- Maintain contact with the Democrats of the precinct by holding Precinct Committee Meetings and workshops and by canvassing them on local races and issues,
- Identify potential candidates for local, county, and state office and help in recruiting them to run for those offices,
- Maintain a list of locations in the precinct where Democratic candidates may post campaign signs,
- Maintain a current list of registered Democrats in the precinct with telephone numbers.
In other words, precinct officers will be our representatives and contacts on the ground in neighborhoods and precincts throughout Payne County. Precinct officers will have support and guidance from the County Officers.
Why should I be a precinct officer?
It’s a good way to meet and stay in contact with people of similar values in your precinct and our county.
It is also a great step in increasing your participation in Democratic politics at the local, county, state, and national levels are limited.
Not to mention, we just need you.
Do I have to be present to be elected as an officer?
A person does not have to be present to be elected, but at least one person has to be present in a precinct to hold a meeting and they must assume the role of Precinct Chair in order to have the authority to appoint any vacancy. This must be done during the precinct meetings.
Where are the meetings being held?
Local regional meetings are being held in Perkins, Cushing, and Stillwater based on the precinct where you are registered to vote:
Cushing, Yale, and the Payne County portions of Drumright, Agra, and Maramec
Convention Meeting Place: Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant, 211 N Cleveland Ave, Cushing, (918) 225-2299
Precincts: 600101, 600102, 600103, 600104, & 600201
Stillwater, Glencoe, and the Payne County portions of Lone Chimney, Orlando, Perry, Morrison, & Mulhal
Convention Meeting Place: Payne County Democratic Headquarters, 1324 S. Main St., Stillwater, (405) 533-5310
Precincts: 600001, 600002, 600003, 600004, 600005, 600006, 600007, 600008, 600009, 600010, 600011, 600012, 600013, 600014, 600015, 600016, 600401, 600402, 600403, 600404, 600406, 600407, & 600408
You must attend the meeting location that includes your precinct.
How will people know about the Precinct Meetings?
The official call for the Precinct Meetings will be sent by postal mail to past officers and interested Democrats in February 2019. In addition, press releases will be distributed to all Payne County news media outlets and advertising will be purchased on social media to promote the meetings. We also hope you will bring your friends and neighbors.
How many precincts are there in Payne County?
Payne County has 31 precincts, each of which may have three officers meaning a maximum of 93 delegates to the Payne County Democratic Convention.
If you have any questions, you can contact Chair Linda Andre via e-mail.
Linda Andre, Chair; Aron York, Vice Chair; André Durham, Secretary
Payne County Democrats