You are the foundation of our Party.
Upon your shoulders as a Precinct Committee Officer rests the entire structure of the Democratic Party. If you prefer the traditional term, you are the ultimate grassroots organizing base for all our activities.
We hope that this Handbook will become a resource as you organize your precinct and develop the foundations of a big victory in your area ... which will contribute to a big victory in the state ... which will lead to a big victory at the national level.
It all begins with you.
By stepping forward to organize your precinct, you have given the most important commitment a Democrat can make. You have taken responsibility for delivering each and every Democratic vote in your precinct on Election Day.
Before you can get those votes to the polls, you have a lot of groundwork to lay. You have to get to know your neighbors, determine if they are Democrats, Republicans, or independent. You must educate the undecided or "swing" voters about the Democratic candidates and the Democratic message.
You must register any Democrat in your precinct that is not currently registered to vote, and you must ask all Democrats who do not have a perfect voting record to become an absentee ballot holder.
It is your responsibility to attend meetings, help your Party and candidates raise money and find volunteers. You must remain up to date on current events, especially as they relate to election issues in your area.
There is so much to do, but do it you must for Democrats to win elections in your district.
We've designed this PCO Handbook to show you how to move beyond the basics of being a Precinct Committee Officer, and to make substantial contributions to our main purpose in politics - electing Democrats.
Thank you for your commitment!
State Party Chair