It’s January 2018 and that means it’s time to plan for caucuses and the convention! ATMA has compiled this information (thank you to Rick W.!) to share with you how to participate in your caucus and more.
Section 1 – How to find & participate in your caucus.
The caucus is where your town or city Democratic Committee will elect delegates to the MA Democratic Convention (TBD), vote for the Committee’s officers, and select candidates for local positions (only a handful of MA towns have partisan local elections).
Anyone can attend a caucus, but to run for election or vote you must be a registered Democrat. You can register or change your party affiliation here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/
Next, check your caucus date: https://massdems.org/convention/2018-caucus-dates. Your Chairperson, who is listed in that spreadsheet, can answer general questions about your caucus.
Section 2 – How to become a delegate, and what to do once you have.
If you are interested in becoming a delegate I’d recommend you email/call your Committee Chairperson ahead of the caucus and express interest in attending the convention as a delegate. They will be able to offer specific advice on the procedure, but generally you will need to have someone nominate you, then the nomination will need to be seconded and voted on.
Cities/towns are allocated a certain number of delegates and alternates (who substitute if a delegate can’t attend). Allocation of delegates/alternates is published by MassDems and we will share as soon as it is available.
If you are elected as a delegate or alternate please join us in our secret Facebook group to learn more, and to join the ATMA delegate education & coordination effort. You can request to join the group here: https://www.facebook.com/actiontogetherma
FYI – The 2017 fees are listed below. We will confirm the 2018 fees as soon as they are available.
* The delegates and alternates 2017 fee: $75.00.
* The Senior/ Disabled/ Student 2017 fee: $50.00.
If the fee is a financial hardship you can contact Veronica@MassDems.org to ask about a partial waiver.
Official document for delegate selection procedure will be posted here as soon as it is available. You can see the 2017 method at this link.
Section 3 – I can’t find a caucus for my city/town!
Once this date has passed, your options are limited to what is described in Section 4.
The info below was intended to instruct how to contact your District Committee Leadership to arrange a caucus. I’ll leave it for reference.
Follow these steps to find your District Leadership (skip to step 5 if you already know your state senate district):
1. Go to this link: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator
2. Enter your address to find your legislators.
3. Click on your State Senator.
4. Go to the “District” tab on your Senator’s profile page.
5. Then you can look up your district leadership here (scroll down until you see the table): http://massdems.org/index.php/your-party/state-committee
Section 4 – I missed my caucus. Can I still attend the convention?
Delegates and alternates can only be voted on during the caucus. Once the caucus has adjourned the list is final. However there are other ways to attend:
(H/T to Danielle L.K.) If you are or know someone who is a youth, minority, or disabled, you can also apply to be an add-on delegate. These are decided by the state party after the caucuses are over, deadline of early April (TBD). Teens who will be 18 by Sept. 11, 2019 can pre-register to vote and participate in the caucus and convention. We will share the application as soon as it is available.
You can also attend as a guest! You will not be able to vote, but you can still learn about the process, and oftentimes groups will need help collecting signatures, distributing information, etc. FYI – guests must also purchase a ticket to attend the convention.
Disclaimer: while we do our best to make sure all the information is up-to-date and accurate, things may have changed. Please double check all information with your city/town, and if you see something incorrect here please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.