The big news this month is Hillary Clinton’s visit to Birmingham on October 17, but there’s plenty of ground action happening across the state as well. Volunteers for the presidential candidates are busy collecting ballot signatures and working to assemble a full slate of delegates in each congressional district.
Have you chosen a candidate yet? Want to get involved by helping to gather signatures or even run as a convention delegate? Keep reading….
Alabama state law requires every presidential primary candidate to collect a minimum of 500 valid signatures. That sounds simple, except for that pesky work “valid.” There are a number of things that go into making a signature valid – most importantly being a registered voter in the state. Other important things to note:
- Registered voter: The signatory must be a registered voter in Alabama.
- Name: The name must match the name on the Alabama voter list.
- Address: The mailing address on the petition must match the address on the Alabama voter list.
- Printed name: This must be legible!
It’s important to look over the information after the person signs because the ADP forms have two lines for each signature. Download the ballot petition forms here (PDF). The information must be filled in correctly and completely. We put together a simple “cheat sheet” (PDF) that you may want to refer to when collecting signatures. Petition forms go to the campaign, not directly to the ADP office or SOS office.
There are three campaigns with volunteers in the state actively soliciting signatures. If you’d like to help out with the effort or find out where/when you can sign a ballot petition, here’s some contact info for you:
- Hillary Clinton: Townsend.Leanne@gmail.com
- Martin O’Malley: BJones@martinomalley.com
- Bernie Sanders: ALforBernie2016@gmail.com
Philadelphis is hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention in July – and it should be a blast. Democrats know how to party! Convention delegates have access to the convention floor and a lot of other parties and events. There’s a catch: you have to pay your own way, but it’s really a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Some delegates get appointed by the state party, but others are elected by primary voters. Here’s an explanation of how the process works and how to get your name on the primary ballot. A few important points:
The “qualifying period” for the Alabama Democratic Party’s March 1, 2016 primary is from September 14, 2015 – November 6, 2015
- At least 18 years of age.
- Registered voter.
- Plan to vote in the Democratic primary (this is on the qualifying form)
- Pay a $50 donation to the state party – although it’s optional.
- Have the form notarized and delivered to the state party no later than 5pm on the closing date. Most people take use certified mail, just in case.
The delegate qualifying forms must be notarized and sent to the Alabama Democratic Party office before the deadline.
With the first Democratic debate scheduled for Tuesday, October 13, a lot of people will hopefully be looking to get involved with a campaign. If anyone has information about or contact information for either the Webb or Chaffee campaigns, please send it in so I can update the post.