What is a Precinct Committee Officer?

When you hear politicians and pundits talk about “ground game” in elections, they’re referring to the organization at the precinct level. Every legislative district (in our case the 38th) is broken down into a series of precincts, which are small, outlined parcels of voters.

More simply, it’s a neighborhood or part of a neighborhood. Click here to see which precinct you’re in.

What is a PCO?
PCO is shorthand for Precinct Committee Officer. You’ll hear “PCO” a lot at our meetings, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these details.

Have you ever had someone knock on your door to inform you of local politics? That person is likely either a canvasser (working for a local politician/issue) or part of a precinct committee. The leader of a precinct committee is the Precinct Committee Officer, and they are elected or appointed officials of the Democratic party.

Our current PCOs are found here. If you are in a Precinct that does not have a PCO then please fill out the following application and send it it to pco@snocodems.org.

PCO Application Form

What does a PCO do?
Create a committee for their precinct (friends & neighbors)
Talk with and listen to your neighbors (call, doorbell, email)
Act as a liaison between your precinct and your elected officials.
Vote on issues and candidate endorsements within your legislative district.
Organize events for your precinct (picnics, voter registration drives, movie nights, neighborhood clean up, Seahawks parties)
Collect voter data to improve our outreach efforts.

And most importantly – GET OUT THE VOTE

Do I need to be a PCO in order to do all those things?
Nope. You can be on the precinct committee. We currently need people for each and every precinct right now.

Doorbelling sounds scary
You’ll never be asked to doorbell on your own (you can bring a friend, relative, or politician with you).
Face-to-face conversations are the most effective way to communicate about the issues.
You don’t have to argue. Listening is great.

Instead of doorbelling, you can call your neighbors, or send them postcards.
PCOs have access to the Votebuilder database – you could choose to only doorbell Democratic voters.
We’ll supply you with the tools to make you feel safe and confident when reaching out to your neighbors.

I love it – I can’t wait to meet every voter in my city!
Great! You should probably run for office some day! For now, we’ll start with your precinct. If you want to do more, you can help out in other precincts! If you want to talk to a real live breathing person about Precinct Committees, you can send us a message and we’ll get you connected with our Membership and PCO Recruiter.