Precinct Committeeman

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What Are The Responsibilities Of a Precinct Committeeman?

A precinct committeeman has many varied responsibilities.

You may be asked to circulate petitions for candidates and/or to walk your precinct with an elected official so that he or she may be introduced to your neighbors. The work you do in your precinct WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS can make the difference in an election!

Every precinct is different. That is why it is so important to have active precinct committeemen working with neighbors to obtain the best results. If you live in rural Arizona, the nature of your work will be quite different from the work to be done in urban areas. There are, however, some basic items that need to be covered no matter where your precinct is located. Elected committee persons (by ballot) are eligible to vote for official party officers at county and/or state functions where official balloting for officers takes place.


  1. Elect a precinct captain to assume overall precinct leadership.

  2. Divide your precinct into geographical areas and assign portions of the precinct to each precinct committeeman.

  3. Recruit precinct volunteers and assign specific blocks (or areas) to them for door-to-door and telephone work.

  4. Have REGISTRATION FORMS available in your precinct. Regularly check for newly moved-in party members and also for families who will have members turning 18 years of age before the next election. 

  5. Maintain up-to-date records of the current residents of your precinct.

  6. Attend precinct meetings. These are called for updating records, planning strategy and other organizational purposes.

  7. Attend district and or county meetings. These will be great places to share information and ideas.

  8. Assist your precinct captain in recruiting election board workers.

  9. Assist your precinct captain in establishing election day GET-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) committees and a Precinct Election Headquarters.

  10. Distribute election information and candidate literature to the voters in your precinct.

Frequent contact with your neighbors is the secret to success in a political campaign. Large media campaigns have a place in the political process, but it is GRASS ROOTS organization that gets the votes in the ballot box!

Precinct Committeeman’s Important Assets

  • Block workers are volunteers who help you by keeping track of a small geographical portion of the precinct, usually their own block of neighbors. Good precinct committeemen find good block workers!

  • Election Board Workers are individuals working as inspectors, judges or clerks at the polls on election day. They are recommended by you or your precinct captain through the district and county chairmen for appointment by the County Division of Elections/Board of Supervisors. The County Boards of Supervisors fix the compensation for these workers.

  • Precinct Committeeman’s Glossary

  • Official Roster This is THE list of registered voters in a precinct as provided by the Voter Registration County Recorder’s Office.

  • Perfect List This is a list of voters in a precinct that has been called or contacted to correct any incorrect information (such as phone numbers, etc) or having moved into or out of the precinct.

  • Walking List This is a list either on computer sheets or on cards that is organized by street numbers. This information is available from District officials.

  • Yellow Sheets This is a copy of the list of all persons who have cast a ballot on election day. This list is available at the polling place with proper identification and is often prepared by the clerk of the election board.

  • Block worker This is a volunteer who is assigned a small geographical area to work in a precinct.

  • Phone Bank This is a group of volunteers or paid workers who make a large number of phone calls into targeted areas, usually to get out the vote, to identify problems or to establish name identification.

  • Precinct Captain A Precinct Committeeman who is chosen to lead the other precinct workers in organizing the work in a precinct.

  • Absentee or Early Ballot This is an election ballot which may be requested by mail and voted by mail. Some voters may need assistance from precinct workers to properly complete the absentee/early voting process. No reason is necessary to vote by absentee/early ballot.

Vicky Polito January 22, 2014 at 03:54 PM
I like this, thanks, Mayhem. I would adjust it to say that Democrats can and should be in the mix, too, though!
Vicki Knight January 22, 2014 at 04:18 PM
Thanks Mayhem for all of this great information. Just a F.Y.I., with the upcoming elections, there are certain precinct's that are running unopposed, in which you may not want that particular person as your precinct captain anymore, there is always a chance for a writer's in campaign. So check your precinct out and if your precinct captain isn't doing his job, you can make the changes at the election and vote.
Mayhem January 22, 2014 at 05:24 PM
Vicki - I post this with the hope that people will do exactly what you are saying and get out there and see for themselves what's going on. To get involved and to get people like Hurtado, Silosky, Steinys, and Peck out of any local governmental office. How are these clowns going to be good, or even half way decent Precinct Committeeman when they don't do the jobs they have already in a proper fashion?
Vicki Knight January 22, 2014 at 06:13 PM
Exactly Mayhem, people need to know that it isn't hopeless for this next election, just because a committeeman has their name on the ballot, doesn't mean they will win it the voters want a change, they can have a write in candidate. So with so many voters not happy with the way things are going, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS NEXT ELECTION-BECOME A WRITE IN CANDIDATE AND VOTE!!!!!!
Mike Keniley January 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM
Vicki (and all)...Unfortunately, the last day to file a Declaration of Intent to be a write-in candidate in the office of the County Clerk was January 16th. Writing in a person's name who has not filed a declaration will not be considered and rejected. The only chance remaining to become a Precinct Committeeperson is to contact your respective local or county party organization requesting to be appointed for the two-year term. The County Chairman of that party has the authority with the County Clerk to appoint (or even reject) an individual. A list of Precinct Committeepersons (both Democrat & Republican) who have filed their petition packets are listed here: http://assets01.aws.connect.clarityelections.com/Assets/Connect/RootPublish/will-il.connect.clarityelections.com/Elections/20140318/2014%20Primary%20Precinct%20Committeemen%20Candidates.pdf There are some declared write in candidates. Here is a link to who they are: http://assets01.aws.connect.clarityelections.com/Assets/Connect/RootPublish/will-il.connect.clarityelections.com/Elections/20140318/20140318GeneralPrimaryWrite-inList.pdf Please note, if by chance you are requesting a respective party ballot, and you have one of the noted declared write in candidates in your precinct, you must print his or her name exactly as the name appears in the declaration filed with the County Clerk. A write in Precinct Committeeperson who is running unopposed needs a minimal of 10 write in votes cast (again, with his or her name printed in the Precinct Committeeperson write in location on the ballot) to become an elected precinct committeeperson. Also, those who previously were appointed as a Precinct Committeeperson for the current term, their appointment ceases once the votes have been made official (21 days after the election). Hope this helps.
Vicki Knight January 23, 2014 at 02:10 PM
Thank you Mike, this information was very informative, I didn't realize there was a cutoff date for write in candidates. So it looks like we are out of luck in certain precincts until the next election in 2 years. That is really disappointing.
Larry Newton January 23, 2014 at 10:09 PM
I spent 10 years as a Precinct Committeeman and I enjoyed every minute of it. What a great privilege to pass out literature and express support for candidates who you support! I always made a point of talking about the judges and those lower on the ballot who don't get much publicity. I only stopped being a committeeman because my party took a hard right turn and there were too many litmus tests that I didn't agree with.


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