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PC FAQ

Precinct Committeepersons (PCs) are the lifeblood of the Party, and are vital to assuring the successful election of Democrats in our county and state. It is the PC, actively participating in the Democratic Party at the precinct level, who helps candidates win elections and promotes Democratic values and ideals.

Whether you’re interested in becoming a PC, or a new PC with questions, we’re here to help support you.

What is a Precinct Committeeperson?

A Committeeperson represents the Democratic Party on behalf of a specific precinct. For this reason, the Committeeperson is often referred to as a Precinct Committeeperson (PC).

PCs help grow action and awareness in their area. Common examples of PC activities include:

  • Canvassing
  • Phone Banking
  • Registering voters
  • Get out the Vote activities
  • Gathering petition signatures
  • Attending events such as the St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser, Udall Dinner, etc.
  • Attending monthly LD9 Meetings
  • Participating in LD committees
  • Staffing booths, or other event volunteer work
  • Volunteering unique skills and interests to support the community and the party
  • Recruiting and training additional PCs

Why are PCs Important?

The PC’s primary responsibility is to keep his or her neighborhood and precinct Democrats focused on the issues that matter to Americans. As a PC you will know the pulse of your neighborhood. You’ll know the people, the schools, and the community centers. It will be you who best understands the assets and needs of your neighborhood, and who best communicates with voters.

How do I become a PC?

You must be a registered Democrat within Pima County. If you are not currently a registered Democrat, you can update your voter registration online.

There are two ways to become a PC: Elected, and Appointed. Elections happen every even year in August. You will need to gain ten signatures to appear on the ballot. If fewer or equal names are put on the ballot to slots in the Precinct, you will become an Elected PC. Otherwise, there will be a vote.

Appointments are ongoing, assuming there is an available slot in your precinct.

For PC appointments:

Find your precinct on your voter registration card, or online. You can attend and LD9 meeting or contact Susan Bickel (susanbickel@hotmail.com) to ask if there are spots available in your precinct.

If there is a spot available, fill out an application at PCDP headquarters, or print and complete the following application to be turned in at headquarters or at an LD9 monthly meeting.

Once the county processes the paperwork, you will become an Appointed PC.

What is the difference between an Elected and Appointed PC?

  • Elected PCs elect the county committee and county chair
  • Elected PCs are eligible to run for the State Committee and for District, County, and State Party offices at the biennial reorganization meetings. In some cases, appointed PCs may also be eligible.
  • Elected PCs count towards each Legislative District’s quota of State Committee members, one for each three PCs.
  • Elected PCs recommend replacements to the Board of Supervisors for legislators who have vacated their positions in mid-term.
  • Both elected and appointed PCs often get discounts at Party events.
  • Both elected and appointed PCs vote at LD9 meetings

If you are an appointed PC, you can run to be an elected PC in the next voting cycle (2018).

Are there any trainings or resources that I will have access to?

Yes. PCDP offers training workshops throughout the year. LD9, PCDP, and other local democratic groups offer various trainings, workshops, and talks as well. Check the calendar for upcoming PC workshops.

If there isn’t a formal training coming up, new PCs can request information from Susan Bickel (susanbickel@hotmail.com) and the PCDP, or a small group can request a training.

What is the VAN and how do I get access to it?

The VAN is the Voter Activation Network, a database used to track voter information that is then used to target voters. People typically use VAN lists for canvassing and phone banking.

The VAN can be used to create lists for your precinct or neighborhood, and will be specifically targeted to your needs. This may be party affiliation, people most likely to vote on an off year, people who have moved in recently, etc.

To request a list or to gain VAN access, contact the PC Committee.

I want to get involved, but [specific activity] isn’t really my thing…

We want you to get involved in the way YOU feel comfortable. Some people are great at canvassing, others like helping with phones, hosting events, or staffing volunteer and other visibility efforts. If you have a talent and want to get involved, come talk to us at an LD9 meeting, or by sending us an email (ld9dems@gmail.com).

What if my precinct is full?

To check if your precinct still has availability, you can come to an LD9 meeting or contact Susan Bickel (SusanBickel@hotmail.com). If you don’t know your precinct, you can look it up.

Most of our precincts still have vacancies, but some have filled up. We also have multiple precincts with no active PCs (some with up to 13 vacancies). Reaching out to these orphan precincts to bring voting members of the Democratic Party into active participation is a key goal of the county and our LD, as it means greater representation and voting power at the state committee.

PCs will also be up for reelection in the next voting cycle (2018).

If you are unable to become an official PC but still want to contribute, many PC activities are still available to volunteers. We encourage you to get involved!

What if my question wasn't answered here?

First, check the PC Handbook. This is a comprehensive, consistently updated document.

If you still can’t find the answer, come to an LD9 meeting to ask us in person, or email us at ld9dems@gmail.com.