Northampton Township has 18 voting districts. The Northampton Township Democratic Committee is composed of up to two Committee Persons from each district.
The committee persons are elected every four years during the primary. This year we have a new term that starts after the 2018 Primary.
Anybody wanting to be a committee person must get on the ballot for the Primary.
This will require you to complete a petition that requires ten signatures ( a few extra are recommended) from democrats in your district.
The first day to circulate and file petitions is February 13 and the last day to circulate and file petitions is March 7.
I hope that we can fill all thirty six positions this term and have a strong vibrant committee.
Information on becoming a committee person is available in the following document.
How to Run for Democratic Party Person
Why should I become a committee person?
- As committee person you are the Democratic Party’s representative in your neighborhood. This means you have an opportunity to get people involved in Democratic initiatives in your community and you have access to the tools and structure provided by the Democratic party.
- Committee persons vote to decide not only who the Democratic party will support to run for office, but also who will lead the party at the local and state level. If you want a say in who gets to represent your values, become a committee person!
What is my role as a committee person? For a detailed account click here.
- Canvass your precinct. As a committee person you will have to stay in touch with the folks in your neighborhood. You provide information about candidates, help get petitions signed, and register new voters.
- Staff your neighborhood polling place on primary and general election day. All you need are a few friends that are willing to stand out in front of the polls and hand out the sample ballot!
- Serve as a poll watcher. At the end of both the primary and the general election the committee person watches to make sure that the votes are counted correctly and that there are no discrepancies.
How do I run for committee person in my precinct?
Let your local Democratic Committee know that you would like to run for committee person. The local party leaders should be able to guide you through the process. However, if you are having trouble getting the help you need from local party leaders, you can follow these simple steps to becoming a committee person:
- Check your registration: To run for committee person in your precinct, you must be a registered Democrat. To find out your registration status, click here.
- Download the petition: Petitions for the 2018 elections will be available soon. Go to your county’s Board of Elections website to find the petition you need. These documents change from county to county so it is important that you obtain the petition directly from your Board of Elections. If you don’t know the address for your county’s website, you can Google “Board of Elections and the name of your county.” The PA Dems website also has each county’s party website here.
- Get a list of the Democratic voters in your precinct: You can get this information from your local party chair. If you can’t get a list don’t worry. You don’t need it to become a committee person; it just makes getting your signatures easier. Only registered Democrats who live in your precinct will be counted towards the number of signatures you have on your petition. If you aren’t working with a list, try to get your signatures from folks who live in or around your neighborhood. To check their registration use this website.
- Get your petition signed. You may collect signatures on your petition from Feb. 13-March 6th 2018, however, it’s a good idea to finish before the deadline. To run for committee person, you need 10 signatures from registered democrats in your precinct. As a general rule of thumb, you should get 3 times the signatures you need so that no one will contest your petition.That means you should get 30 signatures. Every county petition looks different. Philadelphia, for example, has a slightly different process. Make sure you are meticulously following the rules for filling out your county’s petition:
- Make sure your names are correct and legible. If you can’t read someone’s name, get another signature from different person just to be safe. If you feel comfortable asking the person to rewrite their name, strike a single line through the entire line of the petition and have them write EVERYTHING again on the next line.
- Do not abbreviate addresses or names of cities. This goes for the names of the people signing your petition as well. (i.e. Charles not Chuck)
- Keep the dates in order! If the dates are out of order, your signatures will not be counted.
- Use blue or black ink. No pencil. No marker.
- Get your petition notarized. Most auto-tag places are notaries. It costs about 8 dollars. If you are a notary, DO NOT notarize your own petition.
- Make copies of your petition. Surprise, government agencies lose stuff. It’s always a good idea to have a copy. Also, you should keep the contact information of those folks that signed your petition. Send them a thank you card!
- Turn your petition in to your local Board of Elections. Don’t go on the last day! It’s a mob scene. If possible, try to get there a day or two early. Make sure you get a time-stamped receipt.