So What is a PC? State Statute: The duties of a precinct committeemen shall be to assist his political party in voter registration and to assist the voters of his political party to vote on election days. Additional duties shall be as provided for in the state committee bylaws of the party of which he is a member.
Why be a Precinct Committeeman? (PC) To change things, you have to change the laws. To change the laws, you have to change the people who make them. To be elected, your candidates have to be on the ballot.
Why be a Precinct Committeeman? (PC) To get on the November ballot you must win the primary. To win the Primary, you must get the support of people who make endorsements in the Primary, who reliably vote in the Primary, and who get out the vote of others in the Primary. These are the PCs!
The Mission Deliver the maximum number of Republican votes from your precinct. H ow do we do that?
PC Objectives Precinct Committeeman (PC) build relationships with Republican and Independent voters in your precinct and with your fellow Precinct Committeemen. Get to know your precinct by surveying registered voters about their voting preferences and opinions.
PC Objectives Identify and register non-voters who may vote Republican. Increase Republican worker effectiveness
Influence of the PC Friendly access to neighbors. Respect from elected officials. Your voice counts. You represent and influence many voters within your Precinct.
Direct influence over policies, bylaws, resolutions and selection of candidates. Selection of candidates should an elected official resign or leaves before their term is over. Launching pad for other offices. Influence of the PC
Becoming an Elected PC Any registered voter may file for the office of PC by completing an affidavit and petition by gathering signatures from registered voters of their party within their precinct. Need to collect approximately 10 signatures to get on the ballot. Term is two years - from Primary to Primary.
Elected PCs Must be an elected PC to run for district, county or state leadership. Elect district leadership at organizational meeting. Elect County Executive Committee positions at Statutory Meeting (in odd numbered years).
Vote on District & County bylaws and resolutions. Selection of candidates should there be a legislative vacancy. Eligible to run for State Committeeman. Elected PCs
Appointed PCs Submit a PC application to the district chairman. Approved by the district chairman, county chairman and county board of supervisors.
Elect County Member at Large Officers. Vote on County bylaws and resolutions in off year Mandatory county meetings (even number years). Appointed PCs
Number of PCs per Precinct Each precinct is allotted one PC just because it is a precinct. Then are given one more for every 125 registered voters of our party. SO WHERE DO PCs FIT INTO THE PARTY?
- 12,000 Votes - 10 Votes/Precinct - 2 Votes/PC How important is a PC?
State Party Structure 1 st Vice Chair Chairman 2 nd Vice Chair 3 rd Vice Chair 3 Members at Large per Congressional District (total 27) Secretary Treasurer Sergeant at Arms 2 National Committeemen Executive Director Communications Director Asst. Secretary Asst. Treasurer Asst. Sergeant at Arms Chief of Staff Chairman, 1 st & 2 nd VC of each County (total 24) Legislative District Chairmen Precinct Committeemen
Internal Party Elections PC’s are elected every two years during the primary by the voters of their party in their precinct. Elected PC’s elect their district leadership team and State Committeemen to represent their district.
We elect 1 State Committeeman for every 3 PCs in a district. State Committeeman elect State Leadership in January at either the Statutory (odd years: 2013) or Mandatory (even years: 2014) meeting. Internal Party Elections
State Committeeman Governing body of the State Party. Must be an elected PC to be a State Committeeman. State Committeemen are elected at the County or District (Maricopa and Pima) organizational meeting.
Districts are allotted 1 State Committeeman for every 3 PCs. Elect State Executive Committee. Elect Congressional Members at Large. Vote on State bylaws and resolutions. State Committeeman
January Statutory Meeting All Elected State Committeemen attend. Elections held for the State Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer. Elections held for Congressional District Caucus and elect 3 Members-At-Large.
All Elected State Committeemen attend. Elections held for the State Party’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Vice Chairmen, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer, Sergeant-at-Arms and Assistant Vote on Bylaw changes January Statutory Meeting
An EGC is formed for counties with more than 500,000. The EGC sets the direction of the County party, links to State party, hosts county-wide events, aids in recruitment of PCs, GOTV and more. Executive Guidance Committee (EGC)
*This example is based on Maricopa County. Additional Counties may differ slightly in their positions. 1 st Vice Chair Chairman 2 nd Vice Chair 5 Members at Large Secretary Treasurer Precinct Committeemen 20 Legislative District Chairman
The district lines are drawn by appointees of the State. In AZ, each county of less that 500,000 population is a district. In counties with 500,000 or more, lines are drawn breaking the county into districts. What makes a district?
Each AZ District has 3 state representatives, 2 serve in the house and 1 in the Senate. Each district also includes various City council and school boards.
Legislative Districts Precinct Committeemen Captains Area Coordinators 1 st Vice Chair Chairman 2 nd Vice Chair Treasurer Secretary 3 rd Vice Chair Corresponding Secretary Some districts have these additional positions
What is a Precinct? A geographical area of residents drawn to enable all registered voters to vote at one location in one day. It is your immediate political community and you are the elected representative of the GOP in that community. Total of 1,667 precincts in Arizona.
Created by the County Recorders office- In Arizona, in the past due to population growth, we usually split precincts into new smaller ones, however…. In 2012 with redistricting, precincts were actually consolidated to help reduce the number of polling locations. The number of precincts were actually reduced and went from 1142 to 724 in Maricopa County. What is a Precinct?
Example: District 21 consists of 43 precincts and 396 PCs
ATTEND Precinct, District, and County meetings. EDUCATE inform neighbors, become the go to person for political issues and "how should I vote" questions. REGISTER Republicans to vote. ELECT a Captain who is willing to donate time, energy, and leadership to the Precinct. PC Duties
CANVASS your Precinct periodically and keep track of changes in the neighborhood, making sure all Republicans are registered to vote. RECRUIT additional PCs, Precinct volunteers and assign specific blocks to them for door-to-door and telephone work. ACTIVELY SUPPORT party activities at all levels.
CARRY nominating petitions, distribute election information and candidate literature in your Precinct. PARTICIPATE in GOTV (Get Out The Vote) and Election Day activities by helping at the polls. HOLD your elected officials accountable to their campaign promises. PC Duties
Walking Door to Door Once you have a map and have created a list on GOP Data Center or V14, you can start walking your Precinct. Here are some helpful tips:
Always walk with a partner. Wear a name badge. Introduce yourself. Remember you are an elected official of the party, YOU are their Precinct Committeeman! Ask them about their concerns. Then listen. Do they seem interested? Walking Door to Door
Do they need to get on the PEVL? Know how many PCs are in your precinct and how many are needed. This is a time for possibly recruiting PCs. Invite them to your district meetings. Stay in contact with them. Ask for their email address. Walking Door to Door
You can do surveys. ALWAYS leave something with them that includes your contact information. Have them fill out a PC Application. Carry a candidate or issue petition. Walking Door to Door
- Business Card / Nametag / Pen - Walking list - Voter Registration Forms (PEVL/Early) - Candidate literature / Petitions - PC Applications / Your District information - Surveys What to take with you
Mapping Once you have information on the voters in your Precinct, put it in a visual form like a map. Map out basics like who flies an American Flag, who has patriotic bumper stickers on their car, who uses yard signs, etc. Saving data will help you reconnect with them on other issues and during elections. Basic services like this makes great connection with the voters and builds relationships.
What NOT to do Insert Grassroots video here for a little humor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQCnCaE0pTI
Now what? To become a successful PC you must have knowledge that you can share with the voters in your community! You should be the Go-To person for the voters in your precinct when they have a question. The following are resources that can help you be successful:
Your District Leadership Your District Chairman and leadership team are here to help you. Always contact them first when you have questions or concerns.
Voter Data The AZGOP currently has 2 data programs: 1. V14 - www.victoryaz.comwww.victoryaz.com 2. GOP DATA CENTER- www.gopdatacenter.orgwww.gopdatacenter.org User Guide for Data Center: www.gopdatacenterguide.com www.gopdatacenterguide.com
The State Party gets monthly updates on the voter data and all PCs have access to it. Contact your District Chairman to get access to the Voter Data or set up training. The access forms are also in the attachment file of the class with info on where to submit it. Voter Data
Maps Depending on which county you live in maps of your precinct/legislative district will be located at different locations. Contact your LD or County Chairman for assistance. If you are in Maricopa County: You can obtain maps online at www.recorder.maricopa.gov/electionmaps www.recorder.maricopa.gov/electionmaps
You can also obtain maps in person for a small fee at: Maricopa Elections and Recorders 111 S. Third Ave. Phoenix AZ 85003 Hours: 8am-5pm / Monday-Friday Phone: 602.506.3535 T.D.D. 602.506.2348 Maps
PC Handbook A copy of the State Party PC Handbook is located in the attachment file. It contains: - The purpose and influence the PC has - Ways to connect with the voters - The importance of Voter Registration - What does it take to Qualify to vote - Party Structure - Contact info for all elected officials - The Party Message and Principles - R vs. D… Is there a difference? - Party History - And much more.
Social Media The State Party along with each district and county should have their own website, social media accounts as well as a "SoComm" (social media) team. These are great tools to share with those in your precinct so that they can follow your district and keep up to date on events and news.
Module 5 Voter Registration. Building the Party.
Statewide Voter Registration Numbers January 2013 (1,667 Precincts) April 2013 (1,667 Precincts) Democrats981,998979,171 Green Party5,0665,119 Libertarians23,41223,926 REPUBLICANS 1,147,5431,141,700 Others (I's & PND) 1,062,8561,075,334 Total:3,221,1333,225,517
A Solution: Voter Registration Bounty Valid Voter Registration: $.50 Valid PEVL Registration: $.50 Valid Cell Phone Number: $2.00 Valid Email Address: $2.00 By rewarding our PCs for their hard work through this very generous bounty program it helps to increase our voter registration numbers with those who will vote for Republicans!
Timelines January - December 2013: Assess your precinct. Recruit volunteers and Precinct Committeemen. Register Voters. Canvass your Precinct. Develop your Precinct list. Attend district, county, and state meetings.
January - February 2014: Review work in 2013. Contact your volunteers. Continue to register voters. Recruit additional volunteers. Communicate with your volunteers. Build good working relationships. Attend district, county, and state meetings. Timelines
March - April 2014: Continue volunteer contacts. Replace volunteers no longer available to you. Reconfirm your precinct list and make necessary changes. Continue to register voters. Attend all levels of party meetings. Timelines
May - June 2014: Carry Petitions. Carry your own PC petition and get your affidavit notarized. Continue to register voters. Attend district, county, and state meetings. Timelines
July - September 2014: Maintain contact with your volunteers. Work for candidates of your choice. Continue to register voters. Attend district, county, and state meetings. Timelines
June 2014: Request taken for Primary Early Ballots. July 29, 2014: Voter Registration Deadline for Primary August 15, 2014: Deadline to request early ballot August 26, 2014: PRIMARY ELECTION Timelines
September - November 2014: Get-Out-The-Vote in full swing. Recruit additional volunteers, if necessary. Continue to register voters. Telephone volunteers. Make preliminary calls for voter information (Early ballot, polling site, ride to polls, etc..) Block workers reminded to get out door hangers with election and candidate information. Work for republican nominees. Volunteer at a district Get-Out-The-Vote office. Attend all levels of party meetings. GET-OUT-THE-VOTE (GOTV) Timelines
September 2014: Request taken for Early Ballots. October 8, 2014: Voter Registration Deadline October 24, 2014: Deadline to request Early Ballot. November 4, 2014: GENERAL ELECTION VICTORY 2014! Timelines