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How will our future look? You have a Voice and a Choice
In this year’s March and June biennial caucuses and conventions, the Benton County Democrats and the Washington State Democratic Party adopted platforms which are public statements of the Party’s beliefs and positions. Now it is time for us to work in our precincts: presenting our positions to our neighbors, asking for their votes for our candidates and ballot measures, and, finally, getting out the Democratic vote. (Links to candidate campaign websites are in the sidebar.) All Democrats are encouraged to participate in the Benton County Democratic Central Committee’s precinct organizing project, starting today.

Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) are responsible for organizing the precinct. However, in many precincts in Benton County the office of Democratic Party PCO is vacant. Volunteers are needed to canvass and get out the vote in those precincts. The primary purpose of this organizing project is to support candidates and measures on the ballot this fall, but a second important purpose is to build our party organization by identifying and recruiting interested, able Democrats to serve as PCO in precincts with vacancies, people who could become Appointed PCOs and get to work now, then run for election to the seat in 2016.

A precinct campaign has two phases: canvassing and Get Out The Vote (GOTV). We would like you to begin canvassing as soon as possible. When you are assigned a precinct, you will be given a list of everyone currently registered to vote in the precinct. (PCOs are often set up to print their own lists.) Contact each household and ask whether everyone who is eligible to vote has registered. (Registrants must be U.S. citizens and 18 years old by the next election.) Identify people who are planning to vote Democratic and try to win the votes of additional, currently undecided, voters. Keep a list that shows which voters are likely to vote Democratic.

The second phase of your precinct campaign, Get Out The Vote, will begin in mid-October, shortly before the ballots are mailed by the Benton County Election Dept. on October 14. The goal of GOTV is to maximize turnout of the Democratic voters who have been identified in the precinct.

John Christenson,  (tel: 783-0282, email: johnchri@charter.net) is coordinating the precinct organizing project. John will provide precinct lists and maps. If you are a new volunteer, he can tell you which precinct you are in and whether that precinct currently has a Democratic Party PCO. John will do his best to answer any questions you may have.