Becoming a Precinct Committeeman Step-by-Step

The office of precinct committeeman (“PC”) has been has been called “the most powerful office in the world” because the PC is the closest structured political officeholder to the registered voter. A registered voter has no vote in internal Party policy; a precinct committeeman does. A PC elects district, county and state party officers, delegates to the Presidential convention and RNC members. PCs sent to the Pres. Convention vote on what policies the party platform will be advocated in the next two years. Through a monthly meeting, PCs interact with their elected Party officials to influence legislation.

Here’s the point: the Party does have good conservatives in it who are willing to take positions of Party leadership, but they won’t get elected into those positions unless the Party has a solid majority of conservatives in the PC ranks. As a PC, you can devote as much or as little time to other PC tasks such as helping to get out the vote on election day and informing the voters in your precinct about the best candidates, how best to vote on initiatives, etc. Politics matter. Look at the outcome of the last election. But to be able to vote for the Party leadership, a conservative registered Republican voter must be a PC. It’s that simple.

Step-by-step instructions for finding your local Republican Party legislative district organization.

Do you have a Voter ID card? Some states issue them. It may tell you what precinct you reside in, which congressional district you live in, which state legislative district you live in, and which school district you live.

Your main goal will be find out where your Republican Party legislative district organization meets and then contact the chairman of that organization to let them know that you want to become a precinct committeeman as soon as possible. If you are good at searching on the internet, you’ll probably be able to do this by using the following search terms: Republican Party county chairman [name of your county] [name of your state].

If that does not work, then “start at the top and drill down.” Go to the www.gop.com web site. Then click on the “ourGOP” drop down menu and click on “States.” Find yours. Click on the link. The state Party Contact Information area will have phone numbers listed and a web site for the state Party web site. Click on the web site address. When you get to your state Party web site, look for Local GOP or Contacts, etc. Every state is unique, so the web sites will vary. Just keep trying to find your county and your congressional district and legislative district. Then start calling and e-mailing the elected Party leaders “closest” to you and tell them you want to volunteer to become an interim, appointed precinct committeeman as soon as possible and that you eventually want to become an elected precinct committeeman when the primary season rolls around. If necessary, look in the phone book and find the number and address of your local Republican Party office. Call them. If they don’t call back, get in your car and go to the office and bang on the door until someone answers and tell them you want to know how you, as a registered Republican voter, can become a VOTING MEMBER of the Republican Party.

For example, the Republican Party of Maricopa County, Arizona has a very good web site with tools for Maricopa County voters to find their legislative district. And a very good summary defining the precinct committeeman office and what a precinct committeeman can accomplish on behalf of one’s self and the Party (place your cursor over the Precinct Committeeman button when you get there and then click on the How To Become A Precinct Committeeman button on the drop-down menu):

http://www.maricopagop.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15&Itemid=44

If none of the above works for you, call the office of any elected Republican officeholder in your state that you know of. Tell them you want to become a voting member of the Party and you want their help in making that happen. Demand that they help you. They do work for us, after all. They are public servants.

Now get to it!

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36 Responses to Becoming a Precinct Committeeman Step-by-Step

  1. Where there is no vision…

    The people perish. Proverbs 29:18
    Or
    “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might wind up someplace.” Yogi Berra
    The foundation of where we are intending to go must be laid or we are going to wind up someplace.
    As a group of people, as a party and …

  2. TeacherMom says:

    I accidentally fell into your site and have read with interest. I emailed my county GOP headquarters and will take the next step in becoming a precinct committee person. I will also pass your blog info on to my contacts. I hope we can get organized quickly to impact next year’s elections.
    Best regards,
    Bonnie
    Prunedale, CA

  3. Neal C White says:

    I have also been attempting to organize my own Precinct and three contiguous Precincts. I wrote a Handbook for just this situation. We plan on offering to hold training sessions for those interested.

    However, I am running into problems with the local Republican Leadership. They apparently do not see the need to organize our Precincts and have ordered me to abort my plans.

    I am beginning to come to the conclusion that the Precincts should be organized with out Party affiliation. All voters should be invited and recruited. We should make up our minds about a candidate for their character and how sincere they are about our true American Values.

    I am open for further comments.

  4. purplemtnmajesty says:

    I came across your blog and am putting up a post on my blog to get the word out, along with a link back here. I recently signed up to become a PC in Phoenix after hearing about it from a tea party member.

    Yes we will!

    Appreciate your efforts!
    historyofourfuture.wordpress.com

    • theprecinctproject says:

      Thank you for your comments. Who knows, maybe you spoke to me at the Phoenix Tea Party? I will add your blog to my links here.
      Thanks for all of the information you are compiling on your blog.
      And THANK YOU for becoming a precinct committeeman!
      For Liberty,
      Cold Warrior

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  6. The county clerks nation wide are the best resource for new PCP’ names. Please e-mail me for a over view of how each county in this nation wants to reduce the number of PCP write-ins to reduce cost. This list is of all those that did and didn’t get elected. In Oregon it only requires 3 votes in your precinct or in an adjacent one. At the Polk County Republican Party meeting one legislator commented(before my comment), “it would be Christmas-time if we filled all our slots”, later I asked him why he hadn’t used the 172 PCP’ who wanted to be yet didn’t get three votes in his house district. Answer, I didn’t know the County had that info.

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  8. will wohler says:

    EXCELLENT ‘call-to-ACTION’, and 100% sound advice “Cold Warrior”! I know our Ron Paul meetup group in Ft. Worth, Texas even last year identified this process as a key step going forward.

    One other effort which needs action on quite soon: fielding reliable (Constitution-obeying), and hopefully reasonably strong candidates wherever possible for local & regional races (particularly U.S. Congress) next year. Filing procedures & periods for next year (2010) often begin – or even END – in December of THIS year!

  9. denialator says:

    To: “Cold Warrior”

    For a long time, after careful examination of the situation in which we find ourselves in America, it became painfully obvious that many of us in the “conservative” peonage are unhappy with the status quo. WE have been hoodwinked, deceived, swindled, violated and betrayed on a daily basis by the representation on all levels of government, from local to federal, but no solutions forthcoming to effect changes or reform.

    I believe in what you are doing, your methods and your philosophies on being involved at the PC level. It is the answer I’ve been looking for. I am making my personal commitment to join with you and my fellow Americans pursuant to these goals to take the steps you have outlined and assume responsibility for my part in saving America from the pitfalls of tyranny and complete destruction of our beloved republic.

    We will not allow “lawmakers” and this Administration to reshape these beloved United States into a European socialist state. Be confident of this: As sovereign American citizens, we shall maintain the freedom to make these kinds of decisions for ourselves, our posterity and our loved ones, until this nation has recovered from this predicament of despair and on the rise once again, so help us God.

  10. S Henson says:

    I too am getting involved. I have contacted my County Chairman. Waiting for a response. Thank you.

  11. roscopico says:

    Cold Warrior-
    Thank you for your contribution to the conservative ascendancy. I am proud to report I have fired an email to the county GOP chair, and expect to be in “boots on the ground” status in the near future. Your project inspired me to take an active role, and you should expect dividends.

    I shall be proud to wave the flag of bold colors, not pale pastels.

    I wish to thank you for your undertaking, as your endeavor is truly “for the children”.

    Your writings have inspired me to make a positive impact on the present and the future. Your committeeman project (as well as Art Chance’s “revanchism”

    http://www.redstate.com/achance/2009/02/11/revanchist-101-so-you-want-a-counter-revolution/

    are an inspiration which will yield a positive result here in my little part of “the Land of Cheese and Beer”.

    May G-d bless you and your family.

    Best regards,
    Roscopico

    • theprecinctproject says:

      Roscopico,
      Thanks for getting involved. Don’t wait for the return e-mail — it may never come. Just make sure you follow-up by all means necessary.
      Thanks again. If you can write up a short piece about how to “do it” in your state, I can add it to the list.
      Best regards,
      Cold Warrior

  12. Amy says:

    OMGosh, this is what I have been looking for. I have been watching Glenn Beck the past two weeks and feeling more and more like I need to do something real — something more than having a strong opinion and telling it to other people who aren’t doing anything either! I am going to pursue this and let you know how it goes in my state. Nothing beats having a real vote.
    Thank you.

    • theprecinctproject says:

      Amy,
      You’ve hit the nail on the head. For example, I have heard Mark Levin say, on his radio program, “We conservatives must take back the Republican Party.” How? He never says. He said in his book, Liberty and Tyranny, answering the rhetorical question, “So, what can be done?”, “The Conservative must become more engaged in public matters.” (P. 195.) Anything about how to become engaged or what “engaged in public matters” means? Nope. He then goes on to state, “More conservatives than before will need to seek elective and appointed office, fill the ranks of the administrative state, hold teaching positions in public schools and universites and find positions in Hollywood and the media where they can make a difference in infinite ways.” (P. 195.) All good advice, but nothing about where real POLITICAL POWER resides — in the internal voting ranks of the political parties — the office of precinct committeeman.

      Sen. Jim DeMint (R. S.C.) has written a book, Saving Freedom. His concluding chapter is “Citizenship 101: How You Can Make a Difference.” This how specific he gets — he has two paragraphs under the heading “Support Political Candidates.” Not a word about becoming a precinct committeeman in the Republican Party. Next, two shorter paragraphs under the heading “Be a Candidate.” Again, not a word about how one might first become a precinct committeeman to learn he lay of the land in the Party. No explanation of how a political party actually works. Citizenship 101, indeed.

      I call these books part of the “Conservative Grievance Industry.” Lots of complaints, but no specific solutions.

      The first step in achieving a political solution to our political ills, changing the outcomes of our elections, is by changing our political parties. We do achieve that by becoming voting members of them. By becoming precinct committeemen. Conservatives need to unite and stand together within the Republican Party. We can take it over. If we ACT.

      Thank you.
      Cold Warrior

  13. caroljm36 says:

    The PC strategy has one obvious weakness. At least in my neck of the woods, there can be only two precinct people, one male and one female, per precinct. So people have shown up to our cencom only to find out their PC spot was already taken.

    Is it different in Maricopa?

  14. caroljm36 says:

    Oh, BTW Cold Warrior, the reason those authors don’t tell you how is because they don’t know themselves. Even DeMint. The pols are both ignorant of and bored by local ward & precinct politics. By all means, get active with the party, but you’ll probably find that the candidates and their funding sources emanate from entirely different quarters.

  15. Lisa says:

    I too have been inspired to get more involved. I recently emailed my state GOP asking for information on becoming a precinct committeeperson. No response.

    I then emailed my local county clerk. She did respond. She told me the position of precinct committeeperson for both parties had been eliminated in 2002 in my county of residence due to the difficulty of both parties in finding people to fill the positions. I then emailed my local GOP chairman in my community. I wanted to know of anything else he could tell me about the PC positions and to start a dialogue regarding possible future possibilities. No response. This was 2 weeks ago.

    Am I stuck? Is there anywhere to go from here? Any advice would be appreciated.

  16. victoria_29 says:

    Got it done….

  17. Nancy says:

    I feel a New Year’s Resolution coming on!

  18. Mary says:

    I just joined this site today, read about the PC project, and immediately did a Google search for my local GOP office. I hit the Contact button, and emailed my interest in becoming a PC. One hour later, I received an email that they will call me tomorrow afternoon.
    Thank you for the way to take back America! I felt so powerless and frustrated before, now I feel empowered.
    God bless, Mary Fabian
    Pennsylvania

    • theprecinctproject says:

      Mary,
      Thanks for getting involved in the fight to take back our country. You are my new hero.
      For Liberty,
      Cold Warrior

  19. I’m interested and sent an email stating this but never heard back. I am in the 14th Congressional District and would like to help but do not know who further to contact.

  20. Dave Hansen says:

    Right on the head! The precinct strategy is job one and to that end I am building tpatb.com (Tea Party Activists ToolBox). The purpose of the site is to help coordinate the efforts of our different groups, build a knowledge base, provide project management capabilities, and a place where volunteers, activists and candidates can exchange ideas and work together.

    There is much work to be completed, so any help is appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Dave Hansen

  21. Jennifer Miller says:

    Contacted GOP Chairman and he replied promising info but hadn’t come through so checked out County GOP website and got on the e-mail list. Received events notice and got another e-mail address for an RSVP to a meeting and that precinct president responded. He told me the name of the precinct committee woman and president in my precinct. I know them and am sure they’ve held those positions for years. Both of them are good people. Is there any other way to get involved? Can you be a write-in or interim for a neighboring precinct that has no one elected?

  22. Ellie says:

    Thank you for being so persistent, Cold Warrior, and for providing so much useful information on your site. I learned about this site from your posts at RedState. I just e-mailed my local GOP chair requesting information on the procedure to become a precinct committeeman. You articulated beautifully the need to do more than talk and vote.

  23. Marianne F says:

    I started this process back at the end of October 2009.
    Still being ignored by local GOP!
    I just read the bottom of your post about contacting all state elected party officials….On we go!!
    I won’t give up, but this can get very frustrating!

  24. LeAnn Wilson says:

    I’m curious… is there, on the internet, a list of each States County Precinct Chairpersons? Forgive my ignorance on the subject, but are the County Chairs the same as the Precinct Chairs?

    Thanks, LeAnn

  25. Wow, maybe it’s my ADD or the late hour but the step by step or any instruction or suggestion came WAY too late in the article. In fact I was so sick of reading by the time I found it that I skipped to the end to leave this comment and I’ll bookmark the page to read later. Otherwise great site. (Well you could go ahead and spring $10 for a real domain.) I’m going to link to it from my site but if you get the chance can you break up the long sales pitch to bullet points with optional expansions or links to the rest of the pitch for each point. I found myself yelling at the computer “Yes I get it! I have my keys in hand and am heading to the nearest precinct captain store to buy my precinct captain hat, JUST TELL ME WHAT TO DO NEXT!”

    Ok, sorry for the rant. good site.

  26. robert says:

    we the people,who are the real government,i would like all the information i can get to look into becoming a precinct committeemen here in queens,new york.as this is new to me,i would like a link,or web site etc.to start my journey,thanks for any information

  27. Hi! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest authoring a blog article or vice-versa?
    My blog goes over a lot of the same subjects as yours
    and I think we could greatly benefit from each other. If you’re interested feel free to shoot me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Wonderful blog by the way!

  28. I have just waded in the mud to try and join the Bronx County Committee. Our chairman was arrested a few months ago, taking a bribe to sell the (R) nomination to a Democrat. They subsequently elected a former Democrat as chairman, who has worked for the board of Elections for years. I fully expect to be ignored from this outreach, as I was in 2010 when I switched from NY Conservative Party to Republican, and filled out form to volunteer. They sold my # and email to groups looking for donations and never contacted me.

  29. theprecinctproject says:

    Bravo! Thanks for getting into the real ball game of politics. Please recruit as many other conservatives as you can!
    For Liberty,
    Cold Warrior

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