What is a Precinct Committee Officer?
Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) is the ultimate grassroots organizing base for all of our activities. This 2 year term elected position is the first step in an elected Democracy. If your precinct does not have a PCO then you can be appointed to serve out the current term.
If you are a registered voter and live within the 39th Legislative District then you qualify to be a Precinct Committee Officer and represent your precinct in the local Democratic Party.
More about being a Precinct Committee Officer
At the bottom of this page is an excerpt from the Washington State PCO Handbook, giving you more information about being a PCO. Have a look!
Determine your Precinct and/or Legislative District
Any of the following will work:
- follow this link to the Washington Secretary of State website, where you can look up your voter info including precinct and LD:
- You can find your Precinct on your voter registration card
- We are happy to look up your Precinct and Legislative District for you
Become a Precinct Committee Officer
If you are interested in becoming a Precinct Committee Officer, just fill out the form below and we will be in touch.
Excerpt from the Washington State PCO Handbook
From the Washington State PCO Handbook. You may download the entire handbook here.
Being a Precinct Committee Officer
As a PCO, you are the foundation of the Democratic Party. The structure of the Party rests on your shoulders. It is important that you take the job of being a PCO seriously.
PCOs do their job best if they are the peers and neighbors of the people they represent. If you move from the precinct in which you are a PCO, contact the Chair of your legislative district or county organization and submit a letter of resignation so that a resident of the precinct can be appointed to serve as the PCO for that precinct. The new PCO should be someone that you have identifi ed as a potential leader of the Party.
PCOs have the following basic responsibilities:
- Canvass or telephone your precinct in coordination with election strategy at least once a year.
- Coordinate with campaigns in educating voters and generating interest in the election on behalf of candidates and ballot measures.
- Attend the legislative district and county organization meetings. Each legislative district and county organization specifies the duties and responsibilities they expect of you.
The following additional duties and responsibilities are commonly assigned to PCOs:
- Obtain a list of registered voters in your precinct from your legislative district or county organization, called a walking list. Speak to your Chair about obtaining an online Voterfile account (see “The Online Voterfile” on page 13).
- Deliver campaign materials to voters.
- Make sure Democratic voters are registered and that infrequent voters vote.
- Canvass your precinct during elections to make sure that Democratic voters in your precinct have voted.
- Maintain, update and provide a copy of the contact and registration information for registered voters in your precinct. Useful information includes telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, age, ethnicity and issues important to the voter.
- Keep informed on current issues and candidates.
- Have a working knowledge and understanding of the Party Platform. The State Party Platform is available at http://www.wa-democrats.org.
- Chair your precinct caucus (see “The Caucus and Convention Cycle” on page 4).
- Help fill vacancies (see “The Role of the PCO in Filling Legislative Vacancies” on page 3).