Until July 13th, the filing window is open to become a County Committeeperson in your county. These are positions of leadership within your local party which will help determine the direction of the Democratic Party in your state.
What is a County Committeeperson?
As a County Committeeperson, you would be able attend and have voting rights at local, county, district and state party meetings. Committeepeople ensure that people in that area are able to register to vote, are aware of and are able to reach their polling place during elections; they keep voters informed of news and events; and they address voter concerns and convey them back to the party at regular meetings.
Many County Committeeperson spots go unfilled - often leading to low voter turnout and a disconnect between voters and party leadership. It is absolutely critical for democracy to function well to have people on the ground who understand the needs of their community and can express that back to political leadership.
You can run for a seat on the County Committee if you...
Steps to getting elected:
1. Go to the county Board of Elections to pick up a designating petition. They will explain to you there how to collect valid signatures.
2. Collect at least 25 valid signatures BEFORE JULY 10th* from registered Democrats in your region. Aim higher! If you gather 50 signatures, you're much less likely to be disqualified because someone hasn't updated their address, party or name, or has illegible handwriting.
*This can vary from location to location, be sure to ask what the precise number you need is when you collect your petition sheets. They may also be able to give you a list of registered Democrats in your area, or a map of your election district, so you can target your asks.
3. Get your signatures witnessed by another registered member of the New York Democratic Party, or notarized.