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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.
THE BASIC TASKS FOR PRECINCT COMMITTEEMEN
Elect a precinct captain to assume overall precinct leadership.
Divide your precinct into geographical areas and assign portions of the precinct to each precinct committeeman.
Recruit precinct volunteers and assign specific blocks (or areas) to them for door-to-door and telephone work.
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.
Maintain up-to-date records of the current residents of your precinct.
Attend precinct meetings. These are called for updating records, planning strategy and other organizational purposes.
Attend district and or county meetings. These will be great places to share information and ideas.
Assist your precinct captain in recruiting election board workers.
Assist your precinct captain in establishing election day GET-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) committees and a Precinct Election Headquarters.
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.