What is a Precinct Chair?

Precinct Chair:

The primary job of a Precinct Chair is to increase the number of people voting Democratic in their precinct. This is the core of grassroots politics; neighbors talking to neighbors to persuade them to vote in elections and choose candidates representing the values and platform of the Democratic Party.

· Recruit neighbors to help contact other neighbors

· Walk your neighborhood to speak with other voters

· Call other voters in your neighborhood

· Speak with other Precinct Chairs

Precinct Chairs are also members of the Executive Committee of the Grimes County Democratic Party.  The Executive Committee meets every quarter and is responsible for reviewing and approving party activities. They also fill vacant Precinct Chair positions.

Candidates for public office, in the Primary or the general election, or even in non-partisan elections such as city councils and school boards, may ask Precinct Chairs for their support and endorsement. Precinct Chairs are free to endorse, as individuals, any Democrats in partisan races, or in the Primary, or any candidate in non-partisan elections, but they need not do so. The endorsement and support of very active Precinct Chairs can greatly help a candidate.

Any registered voter with some time, energy, and commitment to helping elect Democrats to office can become the Precinct Chair in the voting precinct where they live.

The voters in the Democratic Primary elect Precinct Chairs for a two-year term, which starts after the Primary Runoff. Most candidates for Precinct Chair have no opponent in the Primary. You may place your name on the ballot for Precinct Chair in the next Democratic Primary by submitting the official state filing form. Go to the Secretary of State's Election Division for additional resources. There is no fee for filing. The form will need to be notarized.

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