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The following PCO information comes from the Washington State Democrats Website:
Want to get more involved with the Party? Run to become a precinct committee officer (PCO), the Democratic representative for your precinct! PCOs, or precinct committee officers, are the building block of the Democratic Party. They are the grassroots organizing base for all of our activities.
What does a PCO do?
PCOs play an important role in electing Democrats. It’s their job to get to know their neighbors, educate undecided or swing voters, and make sure Democrats are registered to vote. Before Election Day, they work to turn out voters. All this hard work adds up to precinct-by-precinct victories and the election of Democratic candidates. This is what grassroots politics is all about! PCOs are also a central part of their local Democratic organization. They elect Party leadership, help fill vacancies in elected office, and lead their precinct caucus every two years. Becoming active with your local Democratic organization will make you a more effective PCO.
How to become a PCO
To become a PCO, you must be voted into office during the Primary Election in even-numbered election years. The last election of PCOs was on August 5, 2014. The next opportunity to run is on the 2016 Primary, August 2, 2016. However, there are other ways you can serve as a PCO.
- If there is no PCO for the precinct that you live in, the Chair of your local Democratic Party organization can appoint you to serve as an “appointed” PCO.
- If your precinct already has a PCO, the Chair of your local Party organization can appoint you as an “acting” PCO for a precinct that you do not live in.
Contact your local Party organization to learn about becoming an appointed or acting PCO.