Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Information on Tomorrow Night's Andover Democratic Caucus

The Convention:
Massachusetts State Democratic Party Convention
Saturday, June 3, 2017 beginning at 10AM
Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell, MA 01852
The purpose of this convention is to adopt a new Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform.
Delegates and Alternates to the convention are asked to pay a fee of $75.00. Seniors, persons with disabilities, and students are eligible for a reduced fee of $50.00.

Any Delegate or Alternate in need may apply for a fee waiver through the following link: i

The Caucus:
Andover Democratic Town Committee 2017 Caucus
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7PM
Memorial Hall Library (Memorial Hall on top floor)
2 North Main Street, Andover, MA 01810

Delegate Selection:
At Thursday night’s caucus, we will elect 8 male Delegates, 8 female Delegates, 2 male Alternates, and 2 female Alternates to represent Andover at the State Convention.
If you wish to run for a Delegate or Alternate position but cannot attend the caucus, you must inform me no later than 5PM on Thursday, March 2. All caucus attendees will be given priority for Delegate or Alternate positions; however, in the case that we are unable to fill any of these positions with candidates present, we will proceed to nominate those who expressed interest to me prior to the caucus and could not attend the meeting.

In addition, the Massachusetts State Democratic Party Convention also has youth, minority, and disabled add-on delegates. Interested candidates who qualify for these positions must complete and send an add-on application form to the Massachusetts Democratic Party. This form must be received by 5:00PM on April 4, 2017. For more information, please see the 2017 add-on delegate form:

Participation in the Caucus:
While the caucus is a public meeting, only registered and pre-registered democrats will have an opportunity to run for Delegate and Alternate positions and fully participate as voting members of the caucus.

All attendees will be required to sign-in when they arrive at the caucus. Registration will open at 6:45PM and conclude promptly at 7:15PM. You MUST be at the registration table no later than 7:15PM to be eligible to participate in the caucus and run for Delegate or Alternate positions. No absentee or proxy voting is allowed at this caucus.

Sixteen and seventeen year olds who pre-register to vote and who will be age 18 or older by September 11, 2018, may fully participate as voting caucus participants or candidates for Delegate or Alternate.

Any Andover resident may register to vote as a Democrat and participate in the caucus. Any person not shown on the party registration list must either provide proof of Democratic Party registration or preregistration or register/pre-register prior to the close of the caucus registration period. People can either register online or with paper registration forms. We will have paper registration forms available at the caucus.