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WE NEED PRECINCT COMMITTEE OFFICERS IN OUR COUNTY
As you may know, holding responsibility for conducting party affairs at the county level, the Okanogan County Democratic Central Committee (OCDCC) is comprised of elected and appointed Officers, as well as the Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs); one from each precinct in the County. Currently, there are 226 active precincts in Okanogan County (Ref: Okanogan Auditor’s Office, February 2017); of which current PCOs represent only 10% of the local Democratic need.
PCOs are crucial to our organization for efficient functioning of the OCDCC and, currently, we are in need of Democrats to serve and fill the open positions as PCOs and actively seeking individuals.
BECOME A PRECINCT COMMITTEE OFFICER
Consider running to become a precinct committee officer (PCO), who acts as the Democratic representative right where you live. You can also be appointed as a PCO by our Chair.
PCOs are the building block of the Democratic Party. They are the grassroots organizing base for all of our activities.
What does a PCO do?
PCOs play an important role in electing Democrats. It’s their job to get to know their neighbors, educate undecided or swing voters, and make sure Democrats are registered to vote. Before Election Day, they work to turn out voters.
All this hard work adds up to precinct-by-precinct victories and the election of Democratic candidates. This is what grassroots politics is all about!
PCOs are also a central part of their local Democratic organization. They elect Party leadership, help fill vacancies in elected office, and lead their precinct caucus every two years. Becoming active with your local Democratic organization will make you a more effective PCO.
How to become a PCO?
There are two ways to become a PCO – election by the voters in your precinct, or appointment by your local Democratic Party organization.
PCO by Election
Democratic voters in each precinct will elect PCOs in August Primary. A candidate who runs unopposed will be automatically elected; contested elections will appear on the primary ballot. PCOs elected in August will take office on December 1st. All candidates for PCO must file with the Okanogan County Elections office during the designated filing period each year, and as detailed HERE (FYI – each county has slightly different rules for filing as a PCO, so if you live outside of Okanogan County, please check the county website for where you live).
PCO by Appointment
Local Democratic Party organizations have the right to appoint PCOs to fill any seats left vacant – either because no one filed to run, or because the elected PCO has stepped down. If your precinct is vacant, the Chair of the Okanogan County Democratic Central Committee can appoint you to serve as an “appointed” PCO starting immediately!
If your precinct already has a PCO, the Chair of your local Party organization can appoint you as an “acting” PCO for a precinct that you do not live in. Note that Acting PCOs do not have PCO voting rights.
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Links for More Information
Okanogan County Elections information is detailed through their website at https://wei.sos.wa.gov/county/okanogan/en/elections/Pages/default.aspx
Party Affairs Manager Greg Haffner sent out an email with information about what it means to be a PCO and instructions on how to apply.
IMMEDIATE PROSPECTIVE PCO ATTENTION
If you’d like to QUICKLY learn more about representing your precinct as a PCO, please contact, the 2017/2018 Secretary for the Okanogan County Democrats, Valerie Sarratt via email at: okdemocrats.sec @ gmail. com (remove spaces).