NEWS: Primary Moved to June 9

Due to the coronavirus outbreak and closures of facilities statewide, the Secretary of State’s Office has again postponed the Presidential/Regular Primary and Non-Partisan General Election to June 9. (Source: Georgia Secretary of State)

Early voting by mail has begun (as per AJC), and we ask Democrats to reply to the absentee ballot applications which are currently being sent by mail to registered voters’ addresses. Voters should fill out the application and then either tape up and send the completed applications by mail OR take a picture or scan of the completed form and email the attached image to muscogeeelectionsandregistration@columbusga.gov. When you receive your Democratic primary absentee ballot, please follow the directions on the ballot in order to mail it to the Muscogee Board of Elections and Registration.

Although this is a tragic circumstance for our elections to be postponed, there is a silver lining: This benefits Democrats in Muscogee County and statewide because we will have 1 single primary instead of 2 separate primaries, and there will likely be a higher turnout for our downballot Democratic primary and nonpartisan candidates by June 9.

In addition, we encourage all Democrats to fill out your 2020 Census form online ASAPThe deadline or the 2020 Census is April 1 (unless the Census Bureau changes the date). 

Muscogee Democrats Elect Delegates to the 2018 State Convention

The Muscogee County Democratic Post Committee has elected the following delegates to attend the 2018 Georgia Democratic State Convention:

  • William Viruet – State Committee Delegate (Elected)
  • Ella Lewis – State Committee Delegate (Elected)
  • Juanita Booker – State Committee Delegate (Elected)
  • State Rep. Carolyn Hugley – State Committee Delegate (Elected)
  • Dominick Perkins – State Committee Delegate (Elected)
  • Val Almonord – State Committee Delegate (Elec

2018 Georgia Democratic Party State Convention FAQ

What is the State Convention?

Every four years the Democratic Party of Georgia convenes a state convention to celebrate our statewide ticket, and to conduct important business on behalf of the party. The convention also provides an opportunity for our caucuses and affiliated groups to meet and discuss strategies for turning Georgia blue.

Who attends the state convention?

Attendees come from every corner of Georgia to showcase the rich diversity of our party and our state. Among them will be all of the statewide candidates, DPG Leadership, Party Activists, Delegates, Alternates, Appointees, Ex-Officio Members of the Democratic Party, local candidates, elected officials, members of the media, guests and volunteers.

When & Where is it?

Date: Saturday August 25th.
TIME: TBA – More details on the timing for opening gavel and speaking program will be provided soon.
Where: Omni at CNN Center, 100 CNN Center, Atlanta, GA 30303

How do I become a Delegate, Alternate or Campaign Appointee?

There are several ways an individual can become a delegate or alternate. First, if you are an elected or appointed State Committee Member, you are automatically a delegate. All you need to do is contact the DPG and let them know you plan to attend.

I’m not a member of the DPG State Committee, but I am interested in serving as a Delegate or Alternate. What should I do?

You should consider participating in your local county committee’s elections for delegate and alternate. The process works like this:

• Each County Democratic Committee will elect 2 times the number of State Committee seats they have, and 1 time the number for Alternates, rounding up to a whole number for each.
• Every County Democratic Committee will elect half the delegates and alternates and hold a separate, public Caucus to elect the other half of delegates and alternates.
• There are two opportunities to win!
• The County Party Chair will appoint individuals to any remaining open slots once these elections have taken place.

When & Where are the County Committee Delegate Elections?

The date and location will vary by each County Committee. DPG will post all local county caucuses and delegate selection meetings on the state party website as information is received. Check https://www.georgiademocrat.org/events/ often to find the most up-to-date information.

What do I need to bring to a County Committee election?

You will need to provide proof you are a county resident and a registered voter.

What do Delegates and Alternates do?

Delegates represent their County Committee in all votes and acclamations at the Convention.
Alternates are responsible for serving any time a delegate cannot. The Party will credential alternates. Alternates are encouraged to attend the convention. Often, a regular delegate will step outside during a vote and an alternate will sit as a delegate on a single vote.
What does serving as a Delegate or Alternate cost?
Serving as a Delegate or Alternate requires no mandatory contribution to the DPG. However, all Delegates and Alternates to the Convention are asked to pay a voluntary $50.00 fee to help cover the cost of the facility and food. A link will be provided to all convention delegates and alternates to be able to pay fees in advance.

What’s Going to Happen at Convention?
The 2018 Convention will be an important moment in the history of our party and our country. Our gubernatorial nominee and keynote speaker is former House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams. When we elect Stacey this November, she will become the first African-American woman governor in our nation’s history. Her speech at the convention will be an important moment for Georgia Democrats – a bold expression of who we are as a party, and vision for Georgia.

We’ll also hear speeches from our other terrific statewide candidates, members of our congressional delegation, and special guests. There may even be some surprises in store! You’ll have to come to convention to find out.

NOTICE: General Meeting and Post Committee Elections January 15

NOTICE: General Meeting and Post Committee Elections January 15

Dear Muscogee Democrats,

Are you interested in having a say on the future of the Democratic Party in Columbus? Do you believe that we’re ready for a new, more progressive direction for this city and for Georgia? You have an amazing opportunity to take charge of the future of the Muscogee County Democrats.

On Tuesday January 15 at 5:00pm at the Columbus Public Library Auditorium, in addition to our first general meeting of 2019, we are having our committee member elections for ALL DISTRICTS of Muscogee County.

I repeat: ALL DISTRICTS will be up for election: Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, at-large 9, and at-large 10. We are expanding post seats from three to five seats for Districts 1-8, and from five to seven seats each for at-large Districts 9 and 10. This is a big event, and all Democrats who are registered voters in Columbus-Muscogee County are invited to attend and participate in this election, and run for our post committee.

Duties

  • Promote development of Party organization and activities;
  • Seek and encourage qualified candidates for public office;
  • Support Democratic candidates;
  • Perform election functions as required by law;
  • Maintain appropriate records;
  • Promote and add logistical support to the State Affirmative Action program;
  • Raise funds for the above purposes;
  • Perform other such duties as may be required by the State Committee;
  • Change our Bylaws;
  • Elect delegates to the State Committee and the State Convention

Qualifications

  • You must bring verification of the City Council/School Board District in which you live.
  • Bring proof of voter registration by bringing your voter registration card or print a copy from the Secretary of State My Voter Page.
  • Directions below:
    • Go to sos.ga.gov
    • Click on “Elections” (third tab from left).
    • Click on “Where Do I Vote (MVP)” (middle right).
    • In MVP login box, enter the first initial, last name, county, and date of birth.
    • At bottom, click print/email precinct card.
    • Bring paper copy or show email to committee officers to register.
    • For those without access to either, VoteBuilder will be set up for verification on the spot.
  • We encourage you to bring your printed and signed copies of your Membership Application, Elector Qualifying Affidavit (to vote) and your Candidate Qualifying Affidavit (to stand as a candidate) to the event.

Procedure

  • District meetings will be take place from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Voting will take place at 6:45 p.m.
  • A caucus chair will be appointed for each District. (Appointee cannot be a candidate for a Post seat.).
  • Caucus District Chairs will collect the above forms (of individuals interested in serving on the Post Committee) for verification purposes.
  • Voters residing in each district will vote for the post seats indicated in yellow in this spreadsheet.
  • In a general meeting following the elections, each caucus chair will publicly announce the elected nominees from the district and confirm the election results. They will be subsequently published on social media and our website.
  • All those who are elected will take office effective February 1.

Columbus Library – Auditorium
3000 Macon Road
Columbus, GA 31906
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

If you’re a registered Georgia voter, a resident of Columbus, a Democrat and interested in having a voice on how your county’s Democrats push the county forward, come join us!

Don’t delay in standing to have a voice at the table for Democratic politics in Muscogee County!