Precinct Meetings are held biannually to elect and coordinate action at the community level. There are thirty-one precincts throughout Payne County. Below are some FAQs written by former chair Deanna Homer for the 2017 Precinct Meeting.
The Payne County Democratic Party will hold its organizational Precinct Meetings on Thursday, March 9, 2017, 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 April 1, 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 Payne County Convention on April 1 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 opposite genders. For example, If you elect a Female Chair, then the Vice-Chair must be Male. The Secretary elected may be either.
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.
Why should I be a precinct officer?
First of all, it’s a good way to meet and stay in contact with people of similar values in your precinct and our county.
Other than voting, your options for participating 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. That must be done during the precinct meeting.
Where are the meetings being held?
Local regional meetings are being held in Cushing, Perkins and Stillwater based on the precinct where you are registered to vote:
- Perkins, Coyle and Ripley | D’Mario’s Pizza, 503 E Hwy 33, Perkins, OK, (405) 547-2456 | Precincts: 600301, 600405 & 600409
- Cushing, Drumright, Agra, Maramec and Yale | Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant, 211 N Cleveland Ave, Cushing, OK, (918) 225-2299 | Precincts: 600101, 600102, 600103, 600104 & 600201
- Stillwater, Glencoe, Lone Chimney, Orlando, Perry & Mulhal | Payne County Democratic Headquarters, 302 N Main St, Stillwater, OK, (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 was sent by postal mail to past officers and interested Democrats on February 27, 2017. In addition, press releases were distributed to all Payne County news media outlets and advertising was 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 me personally via e-mail.
Deanna Homer, Chair
Payne County Democrats