Becoming a PCO
MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS
The most important day-to-day job of a PCO is talking to your neighbors. The conversations with voters in your neighborhood help you represent them effectively at local party meetings, and give us important information for identifying the key voters in your area and reaching out to them effectively during campaigns.
Your local party organization should be able to provide you with access to VoteBuilder, an online database of all registered voters. This is where we house information so that we know what our voters are most concerned and enthusiastic about. This tool is what allows us to run the smartest, most efficient campaigns, with your important work leading the way.
When you talk to your neighbors, you’ll have conversations about the issues that motivate them to vote for Democrats. And when you find a neighbor who is not registered to vote, you get to talk about what motivates you as a Democrat, and sign them up as a registered voter.
GET OUT THE VOTE
The purpose of the Democratic Party is to advance our shared values by electing good, Democratic candidates up-and-down the ballot. PCOs play an important role in our campaign plan.
As you work your way through your neighborhood, you should get an idea of who the Democratic voters are, and which ones might need a reminder to send in their ballots. Make sure these voters vote every election— the more they vote, the more likely the are to vote in the future.
You may also run into progressive-minded people in your neighborhood who haven’t even registered to vote. Get some voter registration forms—from your PCO coordinator, from your County Elections Department, or from the Secretary of State’s website (www.sos.wa.gov)—and carry them with you as you walk your precinct. You never know when you’ll find a new Democratic voter.
REPRESENT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
As a PCO, you are automatically a member of two organizations— your County and Legislative District (LD) Democratic Parties.
Although most organizational decisions are open to all members, certain key decisions—including election of Chair, nomination of candidates, and elections to fill vacancies—are restricted to PCOs only.
It is important that you connect with your local party organization, attend meetings when possible, and make sure that the voters in your precinct are represented in party matters.