Michigan Democratic Party hosts convention in Lansing

Posted at 1:03 PM, Aug 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-28 13:03:43-04

The Michigan Democratic Party wants to send out a lot of messages to voters and delegates at the Michigan democratic convention, but none more than to not take this election for granted.

"Don't take it for granted that your vote doesn't count because it does," says Bishop Fletcher Bland, a delegate from Detroit. "If you don't get out and vote, and you don't take people to the polls, and we lose, and they get in. Oh it's really going to be bad."

Some democrats might believe presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has the race in the bag, but the MDP wants to make sure as many people get out to vote because of the importance of the state elections.

"When democratic voters don't turn out in the numbers that we need, we get people like Governor Snyder and the Republican legislature," explains Michigan Democratic Party chair Brandon Dillon. "We are hopeful and confident that people will understand the stakes of this election and turn out in a way that reflects the importance of electing a democratic president."

Former Texas state senator, Wendy Davis, spoke to voters about getting out to the polls and the impact they can have on the election.

"My hope is that people will understand that this election is about so much more than just these two people at the top of the ticket," Davis exclaims, "but they have the opportunity to affect what's happening in their states, and at the congressional level as well."

Whereas the importance to the MDP is more local, according to Dillon:

"I don't think there's any doubt we're going to retake seats here in the state legislature. In a presidential year with the amount of open seats we have a very good opportunity to compete for the majority."

First, the party needs to mobilize voters, and it considers this convention to be the star