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A Precinct Committee Officer, or PCO, is the name for an office in the U.S. state of Washingtonmarker that organizes a voting precinct for a political party. The PCO is one of the most grass-roots offices available. The PCO brings to the party organizations the concerns of the voters, and of the neighborhood. Conversely, the PCO provides a link between the voter and the legislative district and county organizations, disseminating information and providing assistance where needed to the voters of the precinct. In other states, this position is often called Precinct Captain.

Eligibility and term

A person wishing to run for PCO must pay a dollar fee, and file his or her declaration of candidacy with their county auditor for a specific party. The candidate must be a registered member of the party he or she is running for, and must live in that precinct. By State law (RCW 29A.80.51) to be declared elected, the separate party candidates for these offices must receive at least 10% of the number of votes cast for the candidate of his/her party that received the greatest number of votes in that precinct. PCOs are elected for two-year terms commensing first day of Decermber following the primary.

Duties

  • Informing their precinct of their party's candidates
  • Registering new voters
  • Identifying party members
  • Recommending poll workers
  • "Get out the vote" campaigns
  • Holding/leading a precinct caucus every spring of a presidential election year
  • Attending legislative district party meetings


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