BE A PRECINCT COMMITTEE PERSON
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Precinct Committee Person.
What is a Precinct Committee Person?
All Democratic Party Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs) in Multnomah County belong to the Central Committee (CC), which is the governing body of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County. As a PCP, you have a voice and vote in the party when we make decisions that affect your community.
PCPs are organized by House District and precinct. As a PCP, you are the party’s grassroots, representing your neighbors to the party and the party to your neighbors. There is one PCP for every 250 Democrats in a precinct.
What are the prerequisites for becoming a PCP?
To become a PCP, you must meet two criteria.
Your primary residence must be within Multnomah County. If you are unsure of which county you currently reside in, you can find out using this county lookup map. If you do not reside in Multnomah County, please consider getting involved with the Democratic Party of your local county!
You must be registered as a Democrat at your Multnomah County address. If you are unsure about your voter status or are not currently registered as a Democrat in Multnomah County, look up your voter status and/or register with the Multnomah County Elections Division.
How do I become a PCP?
There are two ways to become a PCP: you can be elected or appointed. There is only one difference between becoming an appointed or elected PCP: elected PCPs may vote for district leaders in the biennial legislative district meetings and Multnomah County Democratic Party officers at the biennial Party reorganization meeting. The only way to become an elected PCP is to run for election in the primary election, which is held May in even-numbered years.
To be appointed as a PCP, first confirm that you meet the above prerequisites and are a registered Democrat in Multnomah County. Once you are registered, please fill out our PCP application form. Applications are due on the 1st of each month in order to be eligible for appointed PCP status at that month's upcoming central committee meeting (Please disregard the deadlines on the form, they will be updated soon).
After you have submitted the form, we will check your Voter Record to confirm that your voter status is “Active” and that you are registered as a Democrat. Once you pass this screening, the Second Vice Chair will want to meet with you to go over some paperwork. Once this is done, the final step is for the Central Committee to approve your appointment to a vacant PCP position. You will be expected to appear at the Central Committee meeting at which you are appointed, unless there are special circumstances that warrant an appointment in absentia.
To be elected a PCP, you need to run for election during the May Primary Election that is held during even-numbered years. The next chance to be an elected PCP will be in May 2024. The next filing deadline will be announced by the Secretary of State's office as that primary election date approaches. Fill out the SOS Online Form.
HOW TO BECOME A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE FOR PCP
1. Check to confirm that your voter registration is correct here - your address must be current and you must be an active voter and a registered Democrat: https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/showVoterSearch.do?lang=eng&source=SOS
2. Find your precinct here: https://multco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=aaa57b297e284cd0be3e133167808be1
3. File to be a write-in in your Precinct using this link - it's OK to do this even after early voters write you in: https://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Pages/write-in-candidate-declaration-sel-105d.aspx
4. Send a copy of your filing receipt to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Ask for at least 3 votes (including yourself) from registered Dems in your own precinct - we suggest giving your name on a piece of paper written exactly as it appears on your voter reg to your voters.
For those who would rather be appointed, you can fill out an application through us and we will make the appointment at the upcoming Central Committee meeting. Please get the application in as soon as possible, in order to give us time to process your paperwork. Read below to learn more!