Facebook, Twitter, and all the rest of the cyberspace tools that the political world has adopted are great ways to engage voters. But sometimes, sharing a link, clicking "Like" or even posting a comment just aren't enough. You have to actually BE there.
One of those times is Saturday, May 5, when Michigan Democrats will officially nominate Barack Obama for a second term as president. Democrats will meet in caucuses all across the state to raise their hands and show their support for the president. No absentee ballots, no clicking "Like," -- you have to be there.
Livingston County Democrats will meet in three caucuses, based on where you live. The sites are:
Village Manor Retirement, 9501 E. Highland Rd., Howell, for residents of the City of Howell and the townships of Cohoctah, Conway, Deerfield, Handy, Hartland, Howell, Oceola, and Tyrone.
Livingston County Democratic Party Headquarters, 10321 Grand River Road, Suite 600 of the Fonda Place Office Park, Brighton, for the residents of the townships of Brighton Charter, Genoa, Green Oak, Iosco, Marion, and the city of Brighton.
Hamburg Public Library, 10411 Merrill Road, Whitmore Lake, for the residents of the townships of Hamburg, Putnam, and Unadilla.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the show-of-hands voting will take place at 11 a.m. In between, we will have speeches from state and local candidates, information about how you can get involved in the 2012 campaign, information about coming events, opportunities to sign up to be precinct delegates, and so on. And we'll have some Obama bumper stickers and pins available for donations so you can make your support visible.
You do not need to be an official member of the Michigan Democratic Party, but you will need to sign a statement that you are participating as a Democrat. You do not even have to be registered to vote to participate. You only have to be 18 and registered to vote by election day. That mean high school students can participate, too! Spread the word among your young friends!
If you have questions about the caucus process, please call party headquarters, 810-229-4212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barack Obama has been there for us so many times in the last four years. Now it's time for us to be there for him.