Precinct Committee Persons are voted on locally and represent precincts of 250 registered voters. But there are additional responsibilities, powers and opportunities vested in these grassroots elected officials.
PCPs are the critical driving force behind registering voters, getting out the word on candidates, and helping Democrats understand the party’s structure, process, and platform. They are the people who go out, walk neighborhoods, and connect with and activate progressive Oregonians, by talking to independent, unaffiliated, and Democratic voters alike. These are completely volunteer positions with time commitment and responsibilities largely set by each PCP individually.
Examples of Elected Democratic PCPs Duties:
- Decide local party leadership
- Have a voice and vote in filling state legislative vacancies
- Help with the operations of local parties
- Propose and vote on county resolutions
- Do outreach at community events
- Help facilitate local Get-Out-The-Vote efforts
- Volunteer recruitment and development
- Represent voters in your community
What is the PCP term of office?
The PCP term of office is approximately two years, running from the date that the Oregon elections office has certified the May primary election results in an even-numbered election year (usually in June) until it has certified the same primary election results of the next even-numbered election year.
How to File and Run for PCP
Filing is now open!
Filing Deadline: March 10th, 2020
Election: May 19th, 2020
Step 1: Ensure your voter registration is up-to-date and active.
Step 2: Download and complete an SEL 105 Form here
You will need your precinct number to complete this form. You can find yours using the search tool below! All you need to do is enter the address where you are registered to vote, and find your address among the results.
If your address isn’t showing up, try abbreviating your street type (i.e. “232 NE 9th Ave” and not “232 NE 9th Avenue” or “Ave.”).
That’s what you’ll need to put on your PCP form to file!
Voter Registration: You must be registered to vote in the county where you are running to serve as a PCP and you must return your filing form to your local county elections office. You must also be a registered Democrat in your precinct for a minimum of 180 days prior to your filing date in order to become a Democratic PCP.