Be a Democratic

Precinct Committee Person

Precinct Committee Persons are the building blocks of the Democratic Party of Oregon. They are elected every two years by Democratic voters in their precinct, and serve for two years.

The filing deadline to appear on the May 17th Primary Election ballot has passed. However, you can still become an elected PCP this May.

You can run a very small write-in campaign, securing at least 3 write-in votes from family or friends in your precinct (your own vote does count towards the 3). In order for any write-in votes to be counted, either the SEL 105D form or SEL 105N Form must have been filed by 8pm on Election Day – May 17th, 2022.

  • You may file to be a write-in candidate for PCP by filling out an SEL 105D filing form and returning it to your county elections department by 8 pm on May 17th, 2022 (Election Day)
  • Any registered Democrat who resides in your county and Oregon House District may nominate you to be counted as a write-in candidate for PCP by filling out an SEL 105N filing form and returning it to your county elections department by 8 pm on May 17th, 2022 (Election Day)  

To locate your county elections office please visit the Oregon Secretary of State’s website here.

If you are interested in being appointed as a PCP, or if you have questions about running a write-in campaign, fill out this form.

Use the tool below to look up your precinct number:

If you live in Clackamas County, click here to find your precinct.
If you live in Multnomah County, click here to find your precinct.

What is a PCP?

Precinct Committee Persons are the building blocks of the Democratic Party of Oregon. They 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:

Details:
Filing Deadline: March 8th, 2022 @ 5:00 pm PT!
Election: May 17th, 2022

Step 1: Ensure your voter registration is up-to-date and active at OregonVotes.gov

Step 2: Use the tool above to look up your precinct number and enter that number on your SEL 105 Form.

Step 3: Go here to fill out a digital SEL 105 form. This will be sent directly to your county elections office. 

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.  

What if I filed already and am unsure if my precinct is correct? You should call your county elections office to confirm. You can find their contact information here. They may ask you to file a Candidate Withdrawal SEL 150 Form prior to filing a new SEL 105 form.