2023 Spring State Convention

All members of the Michigan Democratic Party are cordially invited to the 2023 Spring State Convention on February 11, 2023 at Huntington Place in Detroit.

At the 2023 Spring State Convention, Michigan Democrats will meet as a party under new congressional districts. Together, we will elect district officers, members, Chair, and Vice-Chairs to the State Central Committee. These party leaders will guide Michigan Democrats to victory in 2023 and beyond.

Convention Rules Report

Voting: Membership, Credentials, and Candidate Filings

MDP Membership Requirements

All delegates to the Spring State Convention must be registered and qualified electors of the State of Michigan. To be eligible to become credentialed and vote at the State Convention, a person must be a member of the Michigan Democratic Party for at least thirty (30) days prior to February 11, 2023, which is January 12, 2023.

Online membership applications are available here.

For questions about MDP membership, email [email protected]

*According to rule 3.2.2 of the MDP bylaws, the thirty (30) day rule does not apply to Precinct delegates, Democratic elected officials, or Democratic nominees to partisan office. Instead, precinct delegates, Democratic elected officials and Democratic nominees to partisan office may become members of the Michigan Democratic Party at any point prior and until February 11, 2023 when they register at the State Convention

Credentialing for Convention

To be eligible to vote at the State Convention, a person must satisfy the membership requirements listed above. That member must also credential through VOATZ, the electronic voting system, in order to sign candidate petitions and vote at the State Convention.

All eligible members will receive instructions from VOATZ via their email on file with the Michigan Democratic Party about how to download the VOATZ app for phone or tablet and become credentialed.

The virtual credentialing window will open for the Spring State Convention at 9:00 AM on Friday, February 3, 2023. The credentialing window will close at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 11, 2023.

MDP Staff will offer virtual training via zoom [sign up] on how to become credentialed on the evenings of Sunday, February 5 and Wednesday, February 8, 2023.

Voting at Convention

To be eligible to vote at the State Convention, a person must satisfy the membership requirements listed above and become credentialed through VOATZ.

Voting on the Convention floor shall be by voice vote or unanimous consent or, when prescribed in the Convention Rules, by an electronic ballot using the VOATZ electronic voting system. If only one person is nominated for a position, the candidate may be elected by unanimous consent.

In the event of a contested election for MDP Chair or Vice-Chair positions, electronic ballots shall be available through the VOATZ electronic voting system to all credentialed delegates as outlined in the Convention Rules.

Credentialed delegates in attendance may cast a ballot through personal device (smartphone or tablet) or with tablets provided in the Convention Hall. Credentialed delegates not in attendance may cast a ballot in a contested election through VOATZ using their personal device (smartphone or tablet).

Voting through the VOATZ app will open at 8:00 AM on Saturday, February 11 and the presiding convention chair shall close voting after providing the conventions with a 10 minute warning.

All voting at the Congressional District caucus meetings will be done in person in the CD room. No proxy voting or remote voting will be available for the Congressional District caucus meetings.

Candidates Seeking Election at Convention

Candidates seeking a high level office at the State Convention must notify the MDP no later than January 12, 2023. High level office includes Chair (1 position) and Vice-Chair (2 positions) of the Democratic State Central Committee as well as Chair and Vice-Chair of a Congressional District.

Complete this form to declare your candidacy to the MDP. Failure to file timely will result in a candidate’s disqualification.

Vendor Information

Application for Tabling

We have space available for individuals and organizations aligned with the values of the Michigan Democratic Party to have a table/booth at the State Convention. 

To sign up, please complete and return this application to Emily Boyer at [email protected] no later than Thursday, February 9, 2023.

Reserve a Hotel Room

Group Rate at the Marriott Renaissance Center

The Michigan Democratic Party has a group rate at the Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit.

Rooms are available for Friday night, Feb 10, and Saturday night, Feb 11.

Standard Double – $218.00

Standard King – $198

Parking is available in the Beaubien Garage, which offers in-and-out privileges to hotel guests for a flat rate of $25 per day, and can be charged to your guest room. Valet parking is also available for $30 daily/$40 overnight.

Visit this link to book your room or call 877-901-6632 and mention the Michigan Democratic Party when making your reservation.

The group rate is valid through January 20, 2023

Pre-Convention Meetings

County and District Conventions in January

County Conventions must be held in all counties within the 1st through 5th and 7th through 10th Districts under Michigan’s 13 Congressional District map. In those counties comprising more than one Congressional District, each portion of the county within one Congressional District shall be considered a “county” and shall hold a convention.

District Conventions shall be held in the 6th, 11th, 12th, and 13th Districts under Michigan’s 13 Congressional District map.

The purpose of the County and District Conventions shall be to elect members and alternates to the State Convention Committees and to consider resolutions to be forwarded to the State Party. Only eligible MDP members may vote at a local convention.

Convention Committees meet pre-convention

Each Congressional District shall be entitled to two delegates (one male and one female or not of the same gender identity) and two alternates (one male and one female or not of the same gender identity) on each of the following convention committees: Rules, Resolutions, and Credentials.

The MDP will provide a breakdown of the committee assignment allocations. Elections will be held at the County and District Conventions in January. Convention Chairs will forward the appointments and the member’s contact information to the MDP.

Delegates and alternates elected to the Rules, Resolutions, and Credentials committee are encouraged to attend the virtual meeting of that committee.

Rules Committee Meeting: Tuesday, January 31, 2023 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Virtual, via Zoom.

Resolutions Committee Meeting: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Virtual, via Zoom.

Credentials Committee Meeting: Saturday, February 4, 2023 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Virtual, via Zoom

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