Election 2020: Instructions for prospective PCPs

September 30, 2019 marks the first day that you can submit yourself or nominate another to run to become a precinct committee person in Multnomah County.

All current PCP terms end 24 days after the May primary in even-numbered years. For current PCPs, terms end on June 11, 2020.

Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs) hold office for 2 years. If you are currently a PCP and want to keep your position you need to run for re-election.

Changes for 2019

The Oregon Legislature has changed the rules for PCP elections, and the most important thing to know is that applications open September 30. In addition, there are no longer separate male and female categories for PCPs.

Multnomah Democrats PCP Information

Not sure what we are talking about? Starting with the very good question “what is a precinct committee person (PCP)? Here are some resources.

What is a PCP? Why should I become a PCP?

Resources for PCPs

There are no longer separate male and female categories, making it now one PCP per 250 Democrats in a district.

Three Ways to Run as a PCP

To run as a PCP and be put on the ballot:

  • Fill out the form SEL 105. The county elections office will accept from September 30 until March 10, 2020.
  • You need to be a registered Democrat since September 11, 2019 in order to be on the ballot.
  • Make sure to include your precinct number (you can look it up here) and to sign your application.
  • Mail it or turn it in by hand to: Multnomah County Elections Division, 1040 SE Morrison, Portland OR 97214.

To nominate yourself as a write-in candidate:

  • Fill out the form SEL 105D and deliver it to the county elections office between September 30 and Election Day (May 19, 2020) by 8:00pm.
  • You need to have been a registered Democrat since November 21, 2019.
  • Votes for write-in candidates will NOT BE TALLIED unless such an application is received by May, 19, 2020 at 8pm.
  • Make sure to include your precinct number (you can look it up here) and to sign your application.
  • Mail it or turn it in by hand to: Multnomah County Elections Division, 1040 SE Morrison, Portland OR 97214.

To nominate someone else as a write in candidate:

  • Fill out form SEL 105N, which are accepted by the county election office between September 30 and Election Day (May 19, 2020) by 8pm.
  • Both nominator and nominee must be of the same party
  • If the nominee is elected they need to fill our an acceptance form. The deadline for that has not yet been determined.
  • Make sure to include your precinct number (you can look it up here) and to sign your application.
  • Mail it or turn it in by hand to: Multnomah County Elections Division, 1040 SE Morrison, Portland OR 97214.

Critical Information

  • A minimum for 3 votes are required to be elected a PCP, but, If there are more candidates than positions in that precinct, it may not be sufficient. This is an election!
  • PCPs also need to fill out an optional form for the Multnomah Democratic Party so that we can reach you and get you engaged.

The Heart of the Party

PCPs are the heart and soul of our party. Participating at this level engages your passion and values to move the party forward. PCPs connect with their neighbors, are invited to serve on committees, and vote on important party issues.