What is a Precinct Committee Person?

A PCP is a Precinct Committee Person

  1. PCPs serve for two years as a Republican Party representative in their own neighborhood. State law specifies in ORS 248.015 (6) The term of office of a precinct committee person is from the 24th day after the date of the primary election until the 24th day after the date of the next following primary election. There are two PCP positions (one man & one woman) for every 500 voters registered in your precinct.

  2. The Republican PCP is the face of the GOP within the precinct.  The Republican Precinct Committeeman’s job is in all about helping to grow the GOP and working to deliver the maximum number of Republican votes from his or her precinct on Election Day. Precinct Committeemen comprise the core of any grassroots effort. In many cases, a Republican Precinct Committeeman might be the only party official a voter ever meets in person.

  3. By becoming a Republican PCP you can take a leadership role in advancing the Republican Platform principles of lower taxes, smaller government, fiscal responsibility, individual freedom, strong national defense, and traditional family values. At state, district, county, the Precinct Committee Person can be very active. They can have a tremendous influence on the adoption of the Party Platform and policies, support of or opposition to issues, and selection of candidates.

  4. PCPs can identify and register voters. This can be done at events or just handing out voter registration cards in your neighborhood. Many voters consider themselves Republicans but are not registered with the Party. By making phone calls or door knocking can be a good way to identify Republican voters.  Or you may obtain a list through a database to determine potential Republican voters who have not yet registered. This information can be entered in a database and used later for special mailings and other projects. 

  5. PCPs help Get Out The Vote or canvass their precinct going door-to-door One of the most important job as a PCP is to be sure voters turn in their ballots by Election Day. This can be accomplished by phone banks and door knocking for those who cannot get their ballot dropped off by Election Day. These efforts are especially urgent in the final days before the ballots are due.

  6. PCPs attend meetings and events for the Columbia County Republican Central Committee. The PCP is encouraged to attend the county party’s organizational meeting (held in November of even-numbered years) to elect party leadership. Other county meetings are also held throughout the year to formulate policy and develop strategies.  PCPs have the opportunity to volunteer at events and/or booths sponsored by the Columbia County GOP.

  7. Your position as a PCP can be a launching pad for other offices. Many Presidents, Senators, Congressmen, and state and local officials started as a Precinct Committee Person. They can still serve in this position even though they hold a higher elected office. That's because they know the power of a Precinct Committee Person.