Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What's Precinct Project 2016 About?

What's Precinct Project 2016 About?

First, this is not my group. It's your group. I'm just using the functionality of Linked In to provide a place to associate.

Anyone who becomes a member of Precinct Project 2016 may call me at 909-274-0813. (In fact, I'd like to talk, at least briefly, with each and every one of you.) If the conservation sounds like it might be of interest to others, I may ask your permission to record it and share it.


Every year since 2009, Project City Hall has brought more and more people (low thousands) into the major party organizations. This is not about voter registration, but about centers of power in the party organizations that control things.

It's also not about policy. Let's just agree that we can't all agree on what's important and how to accomplish it. Before you can get to that discussion, you have to be in a position of power. As an individual voter, or even a small group of voters, you have no power.

Since the 2010 election, the political powers-that-be have known that the people are coming.

In 2014, the empire struck back -- in states like Arizona (McCain), South Carolina (Graham), and Wyoming (Simpson). When a United States Senator does something, it makes the news.

You have to wonder why an imperial senator would stoop to mix it up with regular Americans like you and me. It's pretty simple, really. They recognize where the power comes from and they're out to make sure that they control it. They like the status quo and they're going to do everything in their power to keep it.

That's where you come in.

Early in this effort we started a blog to publish the organizational activities. That's at http://projectcityhall.blogspot.com/

You can use the small search control in the top left corner of the site to type in your state name and see what we've done in your state in prior years.

For example, here's what we did in Florida in 2012.

We've learned a lot since 2009. It's detailed knowledge. It's not easily available anywhere else. And it's not available in a single place.


In 2016, forty (40) states will elect new party leadership, from the precinct level on up. In addition, they will elect delegates to the presidential conventions.

Some states, like California, Florida, and Indiana only hold these elections in presidential election years. The rest hold them every two years, most states in even-numbered years and the balance in odd-numbered years. Every state does it differently.

We don't need millions of people to become the powers-that-be within the government-backed, two-party duopoply. We don't even need hundreds of thousands. We just need enough to become a majority in a majority of precinct, town, city, county, congressional district, and state committees. It's a fraction of a fraction of a fraction, 1/10th of 1%. For those of you who aren't math majors, that's called infinitesimal.

All of these committees have volunteers and followers. Using the Pareto principle, 80% are followers and 20% lead. We need to find the 20% (of the 1/10% of 1% of America) who have the inclination to be that 20%.

When you take back control of the tens of millions of dollars that flow through and at the direction of the party system, you have the power to influence office holders.

When you take back control of the organizations and the tens of thousands of volunteers who actually do the work to elect the candidates from the local to the federal level, you have the power to influence policy.

This movement is not about policy. It's about politics.

State statutes in every one of the 50 states endow the major parties with power and benefits. Working outside the two-party duopoly is quixotic exercise. Even on the off-case that a single candidate, like Jesse Ventura in Minnesota, pulls off an upset, it's not sustainable. The machinery is working against you, day-in and day-out. You're paying for it, to boot.

Only a fraction of a percent of the people in this country can describe how the party system works. People whose only contact with the parties is when they see a D or and R next to someone's name on a ballot don't know how it works.


The suggested goal for 2016 is to ascend to the positions of power within the parties.

These are some of the activities and strategies that support that goal.

  1. Identify the states where regular people can easily become the party.
  2. Compile a directory of who comprises the party organization within the states.
  3. Collect copies of the party rules for all levels. (This is already well underway.)
  4. Identify those who are there for the power or to support the powers-that-be.
  5. Recruit people (the tenth percent) to replace those people.
  6. Learn the rules in order to effectively exercise power.
  7. Gather and disseminate the knowledge of how to become an elector to the electoral college and a delegate to the national convention.

The beauty about the goal is that you can keep doing exactly what you are doing. You can support your favorite candidates. You can promote your favorite policy objectives.

You just need The Slight Edge. Change one habit. While you're doing everything that you're already going to do, become an elected member of your local party. It's simple to do. It's simple not to do. It's the path to power. If you don't take it, someone else will fill the vacuum.


© Copyright 2012-2015, Project City Hall. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Georgia 2015 Precinct Mass Meetings and County Conventions

Georgia 2015 Precinct Mass Meetings and County Conventions

The Georgia county party committees will reorganize on February 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM (Precinct Mass Meetings) and March 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM (County Conventions). These are the preludes to the Congressional District Conventions on April 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM and culminate in the State Convention on May 15-16, 2015.

Georgians will elect precinct committee officers and county committeemen in more than 3,300 precincts across the state at the Georgia Primary Meetings on February 7, 2015 and March 14, 2015.

Well, that's not totally true, because as many as half of those precinct committee positions will remain vacant for lack of interest or lack of awareness. At the Precinct Mass Meetings, you'll also be electing delegates and alternates to the county conventions.

Do you like the way your party is run in your county? In Georgia? Well, you can change that. Do you want to influence the direction of the party? You can do that, too. But you've got to get up off the couch and get yourself to the meeting (with as many like-minded neighbors and supporters as you can wrangle).

This is another opportunity to achieve a center of power. It won't come around again for another two years. The people who are elected at these meetings will be the people who are running the party during the 2016 presidential election year. These are the people who will have a big influence on who gets the party's nomination.

Qualifications

  • Most importantly, you must show up (before the doors close) at your local Precinct Mass Meeting or your County Convention.

  • You must live within the precinct and county boundary.

  • You must be registered to vote (or 18 years old by the general election date in November).

  • You must choose your party affiliation for the party you want to represent. If you are known not to be connected to the party, however, you may be challenged by anyone else at the meeting.

I challenge you. Do you have what it takes to actually accomplish something of lasting effect? Or will you use one of your pat excuses? I've heard them all. (See The Power Is There for the Taking.)

To answer questions so that you can get yourself elected at your meeting and convention, Project City Hall will produce a live teleconference on January 15th (see below) to review the process, discuss strategy, and answer your questions.

Teleconference

* Recording is available shortly after the call ends. Access only for those who have signed-up via form or text as directed below.
What:Georgia Precinct Project 2015 Teleconference
When:Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Where:Your home or mobile telephone
Details:To receive teleconference call details, Sign up or text Georgia PC, {your name}, {your e-mail address} to (973)498-8066

Project City Hall will produce a second call in mid February to address the county conventions which, in addition to holding the remaining precinct meetings, will all occur on March 14th. The strategy to get elected at the county meeting as either an officer or a convention delegate is significantly different.

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone who wants to take their country back.
  • Anyone who values the rule of law.
  • Anyone who values individual freedom and liberty.
  • If you're already a precinct committeeman or officer, attend to encourage others and to relate your own experience.

What You'll Learn

  • The power of the committeeman and delegate.
  • What happens at a meeting.
  • Why you need to connect with like-minded individuals before the meeting.
  • Why you should bring your posse.
  • How to win in a competitive election.

How to Determine Your Meeting Venue

How to Determine Your Precinct

  1. Go to the Georgia My Voter Page.
  2. Enter the required elements in the MVP Login box on the right side of the page.
    For example:
    First Initial: [J]
    Last Name: [SMITH]
    County: [pick from list]
    Date of Birth: [mm/dd/yyyy]
  3. Your precinct appears in the upper right quadrant of your voter page. We've put a red rectangle around it in the image below.
    Click for larger image.
  4. Print the page or write down your precinct and the address of your polling place and bring it with you to your meeting.
    For example:
    Precinct MD01
    MURDOCK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
    2320 MURDOCK RD
    MARIETTA, GA 30062

Precinct and County Convention Rules

Most of the rules for these meetings are dictated by the state party. Project City Hall has put together the relevant Georgia County Re-Organization Rules for your convenience, but don't be afraid to read the complete Rules of the Georgia Republican Party -- it's educational.

While most counties follow the state bylaws and rules, a few may have their own special rules. For those, you'll need to get your local county party rules. Contact your county party (click on the word 'Local' on the top line after landing on the page) to get its bylaws and rules. (Project City Hall is building a library of State and County bylaws and rules, so if you are able to get or create an electronic copy, please share it.)

Commentary
Under Chair Padgett, the Georgia Republican Party spent a lot of money on a fancy web site. The result is that almost everything is crammed on the home page. It uses fancy scripting that makes it impossible to directly link to relevant parts of the site. The on-line version of the party rules is an image scan of a printed document and therefore not word searchable. We give the site a grade of D for usability.

Robert's Rules of Order

On the teleconference, I will discuss Robert's Rules of Order. Here is a link to the Motion Chart which will be the reference for the discussion.

I won't be going over the whole motion chart, but you should print it out and bring it with you to any meeting that you attend. The teleconference will take the view of the minority and show you how to get your officers and delegates elected or at least make sure that you don't get run over. Forewarned is forearmed, as they say.

How the Party Reorganization Process Works in Georgia

Georgia has a command-and-control party structure. The state party exercises a lot of control over all the organizational meetings. This makes it significantly more difficult to change the way the party is run. So, it will take some work, but it is doable as a long-term strategy.

The twenty-nine most heavily populated counties (Bartow, Bibb, Carroll, Chatham, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, Coweta, DeKalb, Dougherty, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Houston, Lowndes, Muscogee, Newton, Paulding, Richmond, Rockdale, Walton, and Whitfield) will have two meetings - a Precinct Mass Meeting and a County Convention. The 130 less populous counties will have a single County Convention where the precinct elections will happen in the morning and the county elections will happen in the afternoon on the same day.

There are about 21 counties (Baker, Brantley, Calhoun, Chattahoochee, Clay, Clinch, Dougherty, Grady, Jenkins, Johnson, Macon, Miller, Mitchell, Quitman, Randolph, Talbot, Taliaferro, Telfair, Terrell, Webster, Wheeler) that are unorganized. This means that they do not have a recognized county party structure. If you are in one of these counties, give us a call to learn how to deal with this situation.

At the Precinct Mass Meetings the attendees elect precinct officers and delegates to the County Convention. The results of these meetings are certified to the county party.

At the less populous County Conventions, the attendees first meet by precinct to elect precinct officers and delegates to the convention. Each precinct meets separately, even though the meetings are held at the same venue.

At the County Conventions the delegates elected at the Precinct Mass Meetings meet to elect county officers and delegates to the Congressional District Conventions and State Convention.

Preparing for the Meeting

When you have a plan, you don't have to guess what to do next. Written plans are always better than winging it. With that in mind, we've put together the Precinct Committee Candidate Checklist to give you a starting point for your plan.

Part of the reason to be prepared is so that you're not surprised. The other part is to make a good impression on the people you meet. Because the reorganization happens in an odd-numbered year, it doesn't get the benefit of high publicity political races. The previous reorganization (two years ago) happened right on the heals of a controversial presidential election year. People have short attention spans. Many will not realize that these meetings set the stage for the 2016 presidential race in Georgia. If attendance is down, then those that do show up will have a better chance of getting elected.

  1. Call your county central committee and ask how many officers and delegates your precinct or county can elect.
  2. Ask for the names of each of the current precinct and county officers along with their contact information (e-mail address and telephone number).
  3. Ask how many people from your precinct and county attended the previous meeting (two years ago). The minutes of those meetings should have all the information.
  4. Join other Georgians on the live teleconference call (see above) where you can get your questions answered.
  5. Prepare printed information about yourself so that you can quickly communicate it with everyone you meet from your precinct and county. (Many copies, depending on expected attendance.)
  6. Prepare printed information about any party platform ideas that you have. (At least three copies to enable discussion.)

At your meeting, you have an opportunity to present planks for your party platform for adoption at the meeting. If you need help writing a plank, submit your plank idea in the comment area (below). We'll use part of the question and answer period to help you refine your plank to increase the likelihood that the meeting will adopt it.

If you're not currently registered, or your registration does not match your current home address, you still have time to get your registration in order. Contact your County Elections Commission. To check your voter registration, see How to Determine Your Precinct (above).

Winning the Election

Winning a precinct or delegate position is a little challenging, unless no one is running against you. You can do it if you prepare in advance and have a plan. Many people are looking for leaders and will accept almost anyone who simply steps up to lead. Just look at your current set of elected officials for proof of that.

In general, assume a positive attitude and you're very likely to have a say in the process. Only the people who show up get to vote. In the more populous counties' Precinct Mass Meetings, your goal is to get elected as a delegate to the county convention. In all counties, your goal is to also get elected as a precinct officer. If your goal does not include election as a goal, then you should attend to help elect like-minded people.

After the Election

  1. Get a current copy of your state party central committee bylaws and of your county party central committee bylaws along with the rules of the convention you are elected to.
  2. Keep in touch, because we'll be producing training teleconferences about all the aspects of being an effective meeting participant.

County Party Information

If you have corrections or additions to this information, please let us know.

Precinct / County Meeting Information

The Precinct Mass Meetings may occur at multiple venues around the county on the same day, although not necessarily at the same time. The County Conventions occur at a single venue within the county on the same day everywhere in Georgia. This is the meeting at which the newly elected members of the county committee first exercise their power.

If you have corrections or additions to this information, please let us know.

You've Got A Friend

If this is your first meeting, it helps to get together with others who may already know the ropes or just to know someone else who will be at the meeting. The party insiders already know the other insiders, so incumbents, as usual, always have an advantage. Here are a list of contacts, by county, who are willing to connect. You may not agree with them on everything, but they are not insiders, so they, like you, are probably in the minority.

All politics is local. You cannot reach your goal alone. You need help. Some of these people are actively recruiting precinct committeemen in your county. If you'd like to recruit or connect with others in your county, add your comment to this article and a way to contact you.

County Rules Analysis

Below you will find an analysis of county organization rules that differ from the norm.


 

© Copyright 2012-2015, Project City Hall. All rights reserved.

Hawaii 2015 Precinct Meetings, District Caucuses, and County Conventions

Hawaii 2015 Precinct Meetings, District Caucuses, and County Conventions

The Hawaiian Republican Party committees will reorganize beginning on January 31, 2015 (Precinct Meetings and District Caucuses). These are the preludes to the County Conventions and culminate in the State Convention.

Hawaiians will elect precinct committee officers in more than 300 precincts across the state at the Precinct Meetings and District Caucuses between January 31 and February 7, 2015.

Well, that's not totally true, because as many as half of those precinct committee positions will remain vacant for lack of interest or lack of awareness. At the District Caucuses, you'll also be electing delegates and alternates to the county conventions.

Do you like the way your party is run in your county? In Hawaii? Well, you can change that. Do you want to influence the direction of the party? You can do that, too. But you've got to get up off the couch and get yourself to the meeting (with as many like-minded neighbors and supporters as you can wrangle).

This is another opportunity to achieve a center of power. It won't come around again for another two years. The people who are elected at these meetings will be the people who are running the party during the 2016 presidential election year. These are the people who will have a big influence on who gets the party's nomination.

Qualifications

  • Most importantly, you must show up (before the doors close) at your local District Caucus.

  • You must live within the precinct and district boundary.

  • You must be registered to vote (or 18 years old by the general election date in November).

  • You must have registered as a Republican with the Hawaii Republican Party at least ten (10) days before the meeting. If not, you may still be elected as a delegate, but will not be able to vote at the meeting.

I challenge you. Do you have what it takes to actually accomplish something of lasting effect? Or will you use one of your pat excuses? I've heard them all. (See The Power Is There for the Taking.)

To answer questions so that you can get yourself elected at your meeting and convention, Project City Hall will produce a live teleconference on January 29th (see below) to review the process, discuss strategy, and answer your questions.

Teleconference

* Recording is available shortly after the call ends. Access only for those who have signed-up via form or text as directed below.
What:Hawaii Precinct Project 2015 Teleconference
When:Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. (Honolulu)
Where:Your home or mobile telephone
Details:To receive teleconference call details, Sign up or text Hawaii PC, {your name}, {your e-mail address} to (973)498-8066

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone who wants to take their country back.
  • Anyone who values the rule of law.
  • Anyone who values individual freedom and liberty.
  • If you're already a precinct committeeman or officer, attend to encourage others and to relate your own experience.

What You'll Learn

  • The power of the committeeman and delegate.
  • What happens at a meeting.
  • Why you need to connect with like-minded individuals before the meeting.
  • Why you should bring your posse.
  • How to win in a competitive election.

How to Determine Your Meeting Venue

How to Determine Your Precinct

  1. Go to the Polling Place Query Form, City and County of Honolulu..
  2. If you live on an island other than Oahu, contact your County Clerk.
  3. Print the page or write down your precinct and the address of your polling place and bring it with you to your meeting.

Precinct and County Convention Rules

Most of the rules for these meetings are dictated by the state party. Project City Hall has put together the relevant Hawaii District and County Re-Organization Rules for your convenience, but don't be afraid to read the complete Hawaii Republican Party State Rules -- it's educational.

While most counties follow the state bylaws and rules, a few may have their own special rules. For those, you'll need to get your local county party rules. Contact your county party to get its bylaws and rules. (Project City Hall is building a library of State and County bylaws and rules, so if you are able to get or create an electronic copy, please share it.)

Robert's Rules of Order

On the teleconference, I will discuss Robert's Rules of Order. Here is a link to the Motion Chart which will be the reference for the discussion.

I won't be going over the whole motion chart, but you should print it out and bring it with you to any meeting that you attend. The teleconference will take the view of the minority and show you how to get your officers and delegates elected or at least make sure that you don't get run over. Forewarned is forearmed, as they say.

How the Party Reorganization Process Works in Hawaii

Hawaii has a command-and-control party structure. The state party exercises a lot of control over all the organizational meetings. This makes it significantly more difficult to change the way the party is run. So, it will take some work, but it is doable as a long-term strategy.

At the Precinct Meetings and District Caucuses the attendees first meet by precinct to elect precinct officers and delegates to the District Caucus. Each precinct meets separately, even though the meetings are held at the same venue. The results of these meetings are certified to the county party.

At the County Conventions the delegates elected at the District Caucuses meet to elect county officers and delegates to the Congressional District Conventions and State Convention.

Preparing for the Meeting

When you have a plan, you don't have to guess what to do next. Written plans are always better than winging it. With that in mind, we've put together the Precinct Committee Candidate Checklist to give you a starting point for your plan.

Part of the reason to be prepared is so that you're not surprised. The other part is to make a good impression on the people you meet. Because the reorganization happens in an odd-numbered year, it doesn't get the benefit of high publicity political races. The previous reorganization (two years ago) happened right on the heals of a controversial presidential election year. People have short attention spans. Many will not realize that these meetings set the stage for the 2016 presidential race in Hawaii. If attendance is down, then those that do show up will have a better chance of getting elected.

  1. Call your county central committee and ask how many officers and delegates your precinct or county can elect.
  2. Ask for the names of each of the current precinct, district, and county officers along with their contact information (e-mail address and telephone number).
  3. Ask how many people from your precinct, district, and county attended the previous meeting (two years ago). The minutes of those meetings should have all the information.
  4. Join other Hawaiians on the live teleconference call (see above) where you can get your questions answered.
  5. Prepare printed information about yourself so that you can quickly communicate it with everyone you meet from your precinct, district, and county. (Many copies, depending on expected attendance.)
  6. Prepare printed information about any party platform ideas that you have. (At least three copies to enable discussion.)

At your meeting, you have an opportunity to present planks for your party platform for adoption at the meeting. If you need help writing a plank, submit your plank idea in the comment area (below). We'll use part of the question and answer period to help you refine your plank to increase the likelihood that the meeting will adopt it.

If you're not currently registered, or your registration does not match your current home address, you still have time to get your registration in order. Contact your County Clerk. To check your voter registration, see How to Determine Your Precinct (above).

Winning the Election

Winning a precinct or delegate position is a little challenging, unless no one is running against you. You can do it if you prepare in advance and have a plan. Many people are looking for leaders and will accept almost anyone who simply steps up to lead. Just look at your current set of elected officials for proof of that.

In general, assume a positive attitude and you're very likely to have a say in the process. Only the people who show up get to vote. In the more populous counties' Precinct Mass Meetings, your goal is to get elected as a delegate to the county convention. In all counties, your goal is to also get elected as a precinct officer. If your goal does not include election as a goal, then you should attend to help elect like-minded people.

After the Election

  1. Get a current copy of your state party central committee bylaws and of your county party central committee bylaws along with the rules of the convention you are elected to.
  2. Keep in touch, because we'll be producing training teleconferences about all the aspects of being an effective meeting participant.

County Party Information

If you have corrections or additions to this information, please let us know.

Precinct Meeting and District Caucus Information

The Precinct Meetings and District Caucuses may occur at multiple venues around the county on the same day, although not necessarily at the same time. The County Conventions occur at a single venue within the county on the same day everywhere in Hawaii. This is the meeting at which the newly elected members of the county committee first exercise their power.

If you have corrections or additions to this information, please let us know.

You've Got A Friend

If this is your first meeting, it helps to get together with others who may already know the ropes or just to know someone else who will be at the meeting. The party insiders already know the other insiders, so incumbents, as usual, always have an advantage. Here are a list of contacts, by county, who are willing to connect. You may not agree with them on everything, but they are not insiders, so they, like you, are probably in the minority.

All politics is local. You cannot reach your goal alone. You need help. Some of these people are actively recruiting precinct committeemen in your county. If you'd like to recruit or connect with others in your county, add your comment to this article and a way to contact you.

County Rules Analysis

Below you will find an analysis of county organization rules that differ from the norm.


 

© Copyright 2014-2015, Project City Hall. All rights reserved.

New Mexico 2015 Precinct and Ward Caucuses and County Conventions

New Mexico 2015 Precinct and Ward Caucuses and County Conventions

New Mexicans will elect precinct committee officers in more than 1400 precincts across the state at the New Mexico Primary Meetings between January 5 and January 31, 2015.

Well, that's not totally true, because as many as half of those precinct committee positions will remain vacant for lack of interest or lack of awareness.

Do you like the way your party is run in your county? In New Mexico? Well, you can change that. But you have to get up off the couch and put yourself to the caucus.

This is another opportunity to achieve a center of power and it won't come around again for another two years.

Qualifications

Most importantly, you have to get on the ballot.

You must live within the precinct boundary.

You must be registered to vote (or 18 years old by the general election in November) and indicate a party affiliation for the party you want to represent. You can change party affiliation at the time you file.

I challenge you. Do you have what it takes to actually accomplish something of lasting effect? Or will you use one of your pat excuses? I've heard them all. (See The Power Is There for the Taking.)

To answer questions so that you can get yourself elected at your primary election, Project City Hall will produce a live teleconference on May 8th (see below) to discuss strategy and answer your questions.

What:New Mexico Precinct Committee Officer Election Teleconference 2014
When:Wednesday, May 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm (PDT)
Where:Your home or mobile telephone
Details:To receive teleconference call details, Sign up or text New Mexico PC, {your name}, {your e-mail address} to (973)498-8066

How to Determine Your Precinct

  1. Go to the My Vote - New Mexico State Voter Information page.

Getting on the Ballot

When you have a plan, you don't have to guess what to do next. Written plans are always better than winging it. With that in mind, we've put together the Precinct Committee Candidate Checklist to give you a starting point for your plan.

For information about running for party positions, see How to Become a Candidate in New Mexico State.

A precinct committee candidate must file a single form, a Precinct Committee Officer Declaration of Candidacy.

The filing period is only one week long beginning on May 12, 2014 and ending on May 16, 2014. Several counties, including those with the most precincts provide for filing on-line. Where this is available, in most cases, the links to on-line filing will only appear on the county elections office web site during the filing period, so no one can file on-line either early or late.

  1. Call your county elections office and ask how many committee positions are available for your precinct.
  2. Ask for the names of each of the current committee officers and their contact information (e-mail address and telephone number).
  3. Ask how many people from the county voted at the previous primary election, and how many votes were cast for each committee officer on the ballot.
  4. Join other New Mexicans on the live teleconference call (see above) where you can ask questions.
  5. Prepare printed information about yourself so that you can quickly communicate the information to everyone you meet from your precinct.

Winning the Election

Winning a precinct committee position is not very challenging, especially if no one is running against you. You can do it if you prepare in advance and have a plan. Many people are looking for leaders and will accept almost anyone who simply steps up to lead. Just look at your current set of elected officials for proof of that.

After the Election

  1. Get a current copy of your state party central committee by-laws and of your county party central committee by-laws along with the rules of the convention you are elected to.
  2. Keep in touch, because we'll be producing training teleconferences about all the aspects of being an effective caucus participant.

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone who wants to take their country back.
  • Anyone who values freedom and liberty.
  • If you're already a precinct committee officer, attend to encourage others and to relate your own experience.

What You'll Learn

  • The power of the convention delegate.
  • What happens at a caucus.
  • Why you need to connect with like-minded individuals before the caucus.
  • Why you should bring your posse.
  • How to win in a competitive election.

Reference Material

County Party Information

If you have corrections or additions to this information, please let us know.

 

County Convention Information

The county convention, where the new chairman and other officers are elected, occurs just a few days after the primary election in September. This is the meeting at which the newly elected members of the county committee first exercise their power.

If you have corrections or additions to this information, please let us know.

 

You've Got A Friend

If this is your first meeting, it helps to get together with others who may be a little more organized. The party insiders already know the other insiders, so incumbents, as usual, always have an advantage. Here are a list of contacts, by county, who are willing to take you under their wing, so to speak. You may not agree with them on everything, but they are not insiders, so they, like you, are probably in the minority.

All politics is local. We cannot reach the goal alone. We need your help. These people are actively recruiting precinct committeemen in their county. If you'd like to recruit for your county, add your comment to this article and a way to contact you.

 

County Rules Analysis

Below you will find an analysis of county organization rules that differ from the norm.

 


 

© Copyright 2014, Project City Hall. All rights reserved.

North Carolina 2015 Precinct Meetings and County Conventions

North Carolina 2015 Precinct Meetings

The North Carolina party will reorganize at Precinct Meetings and County Conventions. These are the preludes to the State Convention on June 5 - 7, 2015.

North Carolinians will elect precinct committee officers in more than 2,900 precincts across the state at the Precinct Meetings in March 2015.

Well, that's not totally true, because as many as half of those precinct committee positions will remain vacant for lack of interest or lack of awareness.

Do you like the way your party is run in your county? In North Carolina? Well, you can change that. Do you want to influence the direction of the party? You can do that, too. But you've got to get up off the couch and get yourself to the meeting (with as many like-minded neighbors and supporters as you can wrangle).

This is another opportunity to achieve a center of power. It won't come around again for another two years. The people who are elected at these meetings will be the people who are running the party during the 2016 presidential election year. These are the people who will have a big influence on who gets the party's nomination.

Qualifications

  • Most importantly, you must show up (before the doors close) at your local Precinct Meeting.

  • You must live within the precinct and county boundary.

  • You must be registered to vote (or 18 years old by the next election date).

  • You must attend the meeting with the party you want to affiliate with.

I challenge you. Do you have what it takes to actually accomplish something of lasting effect? Or will you use one of your pat excuses? I've heard them all. (See The Power Is There for the Taking.)

To answer questions so that you can get yourself elected at your meeting and convention, Project City Hall will produce a live teleconference on March 5th (see below) to review the process, discuss strategy, and answer your questions.

Teleconference

* Recording is available shortly after the call ends. Access only for those who have signed-up via form or text as directed below.
What:North Carolina Precinct Project 2015 Teleconference
When:Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Where:Your home or mobile telephone
Details:To receive teleconference call details, Sign up or text North Carolina PC, {your name}, {your e-mail address} to (973)498-8066

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone who wants to take their country back.
  • Anyone who values the rule of law.
  • Anyone who values individual freedom and liberty.
  • If you're already a precinct committeeman or officer, attend to encourage others and to relate your own experience.

What You'll Learn

  • The power of the committeeman and delegate.
  • What happens at a meeting.
  • Why you need to connect with like-minded individuals before the meeting.
  • Why you should bring your posse.
  • How to win in a competitive election.

How to Determine Your Meeting Venue

How to Determine Your Precinct

  1. Go to the NC Public Voter Search page.
  2. Enter the required elements in the Voter Search form.
    For example:
    Last Name: [McCrory]
    First Name: [Patrick]
    Birth Date: [10/17/1956]
  3. Your precinct appears at the top of th second column on your voter information page.

    NC Public Voter Information

    Voter Details

    PATRICK L MCCRORY
    1963 MARYLAND AVE
    CHARLOTTE, NC 28209

    County: MECKLENBURG
    Status: ACTIVE
    Voter Reg Num: 000000507157
    NCID: CW132723

    Party: REPUBLICAN
    Race: WHITE
    Ethnicity: NOT HISPANIC or NOT LATINO
    Gender: MALE
    Registration Date: 08/01/1978
    NCDMV Customer: Yes

    Polling Place

    MYERS PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - GYM
    2132 RADCLIFFE AVE
    CHARLOTTE, NC 28207

    Jurisdictions

    Precinct: 008
    Muni: CHARLOTTE
    City Council: CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1
    Congress: 09
    Superior Court: 26B
    Judicial: 26
    Nc Senate: 39
    Nc House: 088
    County Commissioner: 5
    School: 5
    Prosecutorial: 26
    Vtd: 008
  4. Print the page or write down your precinct and the address of your polling place and bring it with you to your meeting.
    For example:
    County MECKLENBURG
    Precinct 008
    ...

Precinct and County Convention Rules

Most of the rules for these meetings are dictated by the state party. Project City Hall has put together the relevant North Carolina County Re-Organization Rules for your convenience, but don't be afraid to read the complete North Carolina Republican Party Plan of Organization -- it's educational.

While most counties follow the state bylaws and rules, a few may have their own special rules. For those, you'll need to get your local county party rules. Contact your county party to get its bylaws and rules. (Project City Hall is building a library of State and County bylaws and rules, so if you are able to get or create an electronic copy, please share it.)

Robert's Rules of Order

On the teleconference, I will discuss Robert's Rules of Order. Here is a link to the Motion Chart which will be the reference for the discussion.

I won't be going over the whole motion chart, but you should print it out and bring it with you to any meeting that you attend. The teleconference will take the view of the minority and show you how to get your officers and delegates elected or at least make sure that you don't get run over. Forewarned is forearmed, as they say.

How the Party Reorganization Process Works in North Carolina

North Carolina has a somewhat bottom-up party structure. The state party exercises some control over all the organizational meetings, but the counties have some leeway. This means you have to learn how things work at all levels to change the way the party is run. So, it will take some work, but it is doable as a long-term strategy.

The more heavily populated counties will likely have two meetings - a Precinct Meeting and a County Convention. The less populous counties will have a single County Convention where the precinct meetings will happen first and the county conventions will happen after a short intermission on the same day.

There are some counties that are unorganized. This means that they do not have a recognized county party structure. If you are in one of these counties, give us a call to learn how to deal with this situation.

At the Precinct Meetings the attendees elect precinct officers and delegates to the County Convention. The results of these meetings are certified to the county party.

At the less populous County Conventions, the attendees first meet by precinct to elect precinct officers and delegates to the convention. Each precinct meets separately, even though the meetings are held at the same venue.

At the County Conventions the delegates elected at the Precinct Meetings meet to elect county officers and delegates to the Congressional District Committees and the State Convention.

Preparing for the Meeting

When you have a plan, you don't have to guess what to do next. Written plans are always better than winging it. With that in mind, we've put together the Precinct Committee Candidate Checklist to give you a starting point for your plan.

Part of the reason to be prepared is so that you're not surprised. The other part is to make a good impression on the people you meet. Because the reorganization happens in an odd-numbered year, it doesn't get the benefit of high publicity political races. The previous reorganization (two years ago) happened right on the heals of a controversial presidential election year. People have short attention spans. Many will not realize that these meetings set the stage for the 2016 presidential race in North Carolina. If attendance is down, then those that do show up will have a better chance of getting elected.

  1. Call your county central committee and ask how many officers and delegates your precinct or county can elect.
  2. Ask for the names of each of the current precinct and county officers along with their contact information (e-mail address and telephone number).
  3. Ask how many people from your precinct and county attended the previous meeting (two years ago). The minutes of those meetings should have all the information.
  4. Join other North Carolinians on the live teleconference call (see above) where you can get your questions answered.
  5. Prepare printed information about yourself so that you can quickly communicate it with everyone you meet from your precinct and county. (Many copies, depending on expected attendance.)
  6. Prepare printed information about any party platform ideas that you have. (At least three copies to enable discussion.)

At your meeting, you have an opportunity to present planks for your party platform for adoption at the meeting. If you need help writing a plank, submit your plank idea in the comment area (below). We'll use part of the question and answer period to help you refine your plank to increase the likelihood that the meeting will adopt it.

If you're not currently registered, or your registration does not match your current home address, you still have time to get your registration in order. Contact your County Election Board. To check your voter registration, see How to Determine Your Precinct (above).

Winning the Election

Winning a precinct or delegate position is a little challenging, unless no one is running against you. You can do it if you prepare in advance and have a plan. Many people are looking for leaders and will accept almost anyone who simply steps up to lead. Just look at your current set of elected officials for proof of that.

In general, assume a positive attitude and you're very likely to have a say in the process. Only the people who show up get to vote. In the more populous counties' Precinct Meetings, your goal is to get elected as a delegate to the county convention. In all counties, your goal is to also get elected as a precinct officer. If your goal does not include election as a goal, then you should attend to help elect like-minded people.

After the Election

  1. Get a current copy of your state party central committee bylaws and of your county party central committee bylaws along with the rules of the convention you are elected to.
  2. Keep in touch, because we'll be producing training teleconferences about all the aspects of being an effective meeting participant.

County Party Information

If you have corrections or additions to this information, please let us know.

Precinct / County Meeting Information

The Precinct Meetings may occur at multiple venues around the county on the same day, or on different days, and not necessarily at the same time. The County Conventions occur at a single venue within the county. This is the meeting at which the newly elected members of the county committee first exercise their power.

If you have corrections or additions to this information, please let us know.

You've Got A Friend

If this is your first meeting, it helps to get together with others who may already know the ropes or just to know someone else who will be at the meeting. The party insiders already know the other insiders, so incumbents, as usual, always have an advantage. Here are a list of contacts, by county, who are willing to connect. You may not agree with them on everything, but they are not insiders, so they, like you, are probably in the minority.

All politics is local. You cannot reach your goal alone. You need help. Some of these people are actively recruiting precinct committeemen in your county. If you'd like to recruit or connect with others in your county, add your comment to this article and a way to contact you.

County Rules Analysis

Below you will find an analysis of county organization rules that differ from the norm.


 

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North Dakota 2015 Precinct Caucuses and District Conventions

North Dakota 2015 Precinct Caucuses and District Conventions

North Dakotans will elect precinct committee officers in more than 6,700 precincts across the state at the North Dakota Primary Meetings between January 5 and January 31, 2015.

Well, that's not totally true, because as many as half of those precinct committee positions will remain vacant for lack of interest or lack of awareness.

Do you like the way your party is run in your county? In North Dakota? Well, you can change that. But you have to get up off the couch and put yourself to the caucus.

This is another opportunity to achieve a center of power and it won't come around again for another two years.

Qualifications

Most importantly, you have to get on the ballot.

You must live within the precinct boundary.

You must be registered to vote (or 18 years old by the general election in November) and indicate a party affiliation for the party you want to represent. You can change party affiliation at the time you file.

I challenge you. Do you have what it takes to actually accomplish something of lasting effect? Or will you use one of your pat excuses? I've heard them all. (See The Power Is There for the Taking.)

To answer questions so that you can get yourself elected at your primary election, Project City Hall will produce a live teleconference on May 8th (see below) to discuss strategy and answer your questions.

What:North Dakota Precinct Committee Officer Election Teleconference 2014
When:Wednesday, May 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm (PDT)
Where:Your home or mobile telephone
Details:To receive teleconference call details, Sign up or text North Dakota PC, {your name}, {your e-mail address} to (973)498-8066

How to Determine Your Precinct

  1. Go to the My Vote - North Dakota State Voter Information page.

Getting on the Ballot

When you have a plan, you don't have to guess what to do next. Written plans are always better than winging it. With that in mind, we've put together the Precinct Committee Candidate Checklist to give you a starting point for your plan.

For information about running for party positions, see How to Become a Candidate in North Dakota State.

A precinct committee candidate must file a single form, a Precinct Committee Officer Declaration of Candidacy.

The filing period is only one week long beginning on May 12, 2014 and ending on May 16, 2014. Several counties, including those with the most precincts provide for filing on-line. Where this is available, in most cases, the links to on-line filing will only appear on the county elections office web site during the filing period, so no one can file on-line either early or late.

  1. Call your county elections office and ask how many committee positions are available for your precinct.
  2. Ask for the names of each of the current committee officers and their contact information (e-mail address and telephone number).
  3. Ask how many people from the county voted at the previous primary election, and how many votes were cast for each committee officer on the ballot.
  4. Join other North Dakotans on the live teleconference call (see above) where you can ask questions.
  5. Prepare printed information about yourself so that you can quickly communicate the information to everyone you meet from your precinct.

Winning the Election

Winning a precinct committee position is not very challenging, especially if no one is running against you. You can do it if you prepare in advance and have a plan. Many people are looking for leaders and will accept almost anyone who simply steps up to lead. Just look at your current set of elected officials for proof of that.

After the Election

  1. Get a current copy of your state party central committee by-laws and of your county party central committee by-laws along with the rules of the convention you are elected to.
  2. Keep in touch, because we'll be producing training teleconferences about all the aspects of being an effective caucus participant.

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone who wants to take their country back.
  • Anyone who values freedom and liberty.
  • If you're already a precinct committee officer, attend to encourage others and to relate your own experience.

What You'll Learn

  • The power of the convention delegate.
  • What happens at a caucus.
  • Why you need to connect with like-minded individuals before the caucus.
  • Why you should bring your posse.
  • How to win in a competitive election.

Reference Material

County Party Information

If you have corrections or additions to this information, please let us know.

 

County Convention Information

The county convention, where the new chairman and other officers are elected, occurs just a few days after the primary election in September. This is the meeting at which the newly elected members of the county committee first exercise their power.

If you have corrections or additions to this information, please let us know.

 

You've Got A Friend

If this is your first meeting, it helps to get together with others who may be a little more organized. The party insiders already know the other insiders, so incumbents, as usual, always have an advantage. Here are a list of contacts, by county, who are willing to take you under their wing, so to speak. You may not agree with them on everything, but they are not insiders, so they, like you, are probably in the minority.

All politics is local. We cannot reach the goal alone. We need your help. These people are actively recruiting precinct committeemen in their county. If you'd like to recruit for your county, add your comment to this article and a way to contact you.

 

County Rules Analysis

Below you will find an analysis of county organization rules that differ from the norm.

 


 

© Copyright 2014, Project City Hall. All rights reserved.

Oklahoma 2015 Precinct Meetings and County Conventions

Oklahoma 2015 Precinct Meetings and County Conventions

The Oklahoma county party committees will reorganize precincts at Precinct Meetings between January 4 and January 31, 2015 or at County Conventions in February 2015. These are the preludes to the State Convention on April 11, 2015.

Oklahomans will elect precinct committee officers in more than 2,200 precincts across the state at the Precinct Meetings between January 4 and January 31, 2015 and at combined Precinct Meetings and County Conventions in February 2015.

Well, that's not totally true, because as many as half of those precinct committee positions will remain vacant for lack of interest or lack of awareness.

Do you like the way your party is run in your county? In Oklahoma? Well, you can change that. Do you want to influence the direction of the party? You can do that, too. But you've got to get up off the couch and get yourself to the meeting (with as many like-minded neighbors and supporters as you can wrangle).

This is another opportunity to achieve a center of power. It won't come around again for another two years. The people who are elected at these meetings will be the people who are running the party during the 2016 presidential election year. These are the people who will have a big influence on who gets the party's nomination.

Qualifications

  • Most importantly, you must show up (before the doors close) at your local Precinct Meeting or your County Convention.

  • You must live within the precinct and county boundary.

  • You must be registered to vote (or 18 years old by the next election date) no later than January 31, 2015.

  • You must register with the party you want to affiliate with.

I challenge you. Do you have what it takes to actually accomplish something of lasting effect? Or will you use one of your pat excuses? I've heard them all. (See The Power Is There for the Taking.)

To answer questions so that you can get yourself elected at your meeting and convention, Project City Hall will produce a live teleconference on January 8th (see below) to review the process, discuss strategy, and answer your questions.

Teleconference

* Recording is available shortly after the call ends. Access only for those who have signed-up via form or text as directed below.
What:Oklahoma Precinct Project 2015 Teleconference
When:Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. (Central)
Where:Your home or mobile telephone
Details:To receive teleconference call details, Sign up or text Oklahoma PC, {your name}, {your e-mail address} to (973)498-8066

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone who wants to take their country back.
  • Anyone who values the rule of law.
  • Anyone who values individual freedom and liberty.
  • If you're already a precinct committeeman or officer, attend to encourage others and to relate your own experience.

What You'll Learn

  • The power of the committeeman and delegate.
  • What happens at a meeting.
  • Why you need to connect with like-minded individuals before the meeting.
  • Why you should bring your posse.
  • How to win in a competitive election.

How to Determine Your Meeting Venue

How to Determine Your Precinct

  1. Go to the Oklahoma Voter Search page.
  2. Enter the required elements in the Voter Search form.
    For example:
    First Name: [John]
    Last Name: [Smith]
    Birth Date: Month [pick from list] Day [pick from list] Year [yyyy]
  3. Your precinct appears near the top of the second column on your voter information page.
    Click for larger image.
  4. Print the page or write down your precinct and the address of your polling place and bring it with you to your meeting.
    For example:
    County OKLAHOMA
    Precinct 550241
    ...

Precinct and County Convention Rules

Most of the rules for these meetings are dictated by the state party. Project City Hall has put together the relevant Oklahoma County Re-Organization Rules for your convenience, but don't be afraid to read the complete Rules of the Oklahoma Republican Party -- it's educational.

While most counties follow the state bylaws and rules, a few may have their own special rules. For those, you'll need to get your local county party rules. Contact your county party (click on the word 'Resources' on the top line after landing on the page, then 'Official County Sites', then your county name) to get its bylaws and rules. (Project City Hall is building a library of State and County bylaws and rules, so if you are able to get or create an electronic copy, please share it.)

Robert's Rules of Order

On the teleconference, I will discuss Robert's Rules of Order. Here is a link to the Motion Chart which will be the reference for the discussion.

I won't be going over the whole motion chart, but you should print it out and bring it with you to any meeting that you attend. The teleconference will take the view of the minority and show you how to get your officers and delegates elected or at least make sure that you don't get run over. Forewarned is forearmed, as they say.

How the Party Reorganization Process Works in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has a somewhat bottom-up party structure. The state party exercises some control over all the organizational meetings, but the counties have some leeway. This means you have to learn how things work at all levels to change the way the party is run. So, it will take some work, but it is doable as a long-term strategy.

The more heavily populated counties will likely have two meetings - a Precinct Meeting and a County Convention. The less populous counties will have a single County Convention where the precinct meetings will happen first and the county conventions will happen after a short intermission on the same day.

There are some counties that are unorganized. This means that they do not have a recognized county party structure. If you are in one of these counties, give us a call to learn how to deal with this situation.

At the Precinct Meetings the attendees elect precinct officers and delegates to the County Convention. The results of these meetings are certified to the county party.

At the less populous County Conventions, the attendees first meet by precinct to elect precinct officers and delegates to the convention. Each precinct meets separately, even though the meetings are held at the same venue.

At the County Conventions the delegates elected at the Precinct Meetings meet to elect county officers and delegates to the Congressional District Committees and the State Convention.

Preparing for the Meeting

When you have a plan, you don't have to guess what to do next. Written plans are always better than winging it. With that in mind, we've put together the Precinct Committee Candidate Checklist to give you a starting point for your plan.

Part of the reason to be prepared is so that you're not surprised. The other part is to make a good impression on the people you meet. Because the reorganization happens in an odd-numbered year, it doesn't get the benefit of high publicity political races. The previous reorganization (two years ago) happened right on the heals of a controversial presidential election year. People have short attention spans. Many will not realize that these meetings set the stage for the 2016 presidential race in Oklahoma. If attendance is down, then those that do show up will have a better chance of getting elected.

  1. Call your county central committee and ask how many officers and delegates your precinct or county can elect.
  2. Ask for the names of each of the current precinct and county officers along with their contact information (e-mail address and telephone number).
  3. Ask how many people from your precinct and county attended the previous meeting (two years ago). The minutes of those meetings should have all the information.
  4. Join other Oklahomans on the live teleconference call (see above) where you can get your questions answered.
  5. Prepare printed information about yourself so that you can quickly communicate it with everyone you meet from your precinct and county. (Many copies, depending on expected attendance.)
  6. Prepare printed information about any party platform ideas that you have. (At least three copies to enable discussion.)

At your meeting, you have an opportunity to present planks for your party platform for adoption at the meeting. If you need help writing a plank, submit your plank idea in the comment area (below). We'll use part of the question and answer period to help you refine your plank to increase the likelihood that the meeting will adopt it.

If you're not currently registered, or your registration does not match your current home address, you still have time to get your registration in order. Contact your County Election Board. To check your voter registration, see How to Determine Your Precinct (above).

Winning the Election

Winning a precinct or delegate position is a little challenging, unless no one is running against you. You can do it if you prepare in advance and have a plan. Many people are looking for leaders and will accept almost anyone who simply steps up to lead. Just look at your current set of elected officials for proof of that.

In general, assume a positive attitude and you're very likely to have a say in the process. Only the people who show up get to vote. In the more populous counties' Precinct Meetings, your goal is to get elected as a delegate to the county convention. In all counties, your goal is to also get elected as a precinct officer. If your goal does not include election as a goal, then you should attend to help elect like-minded people.

After the Election

  1. Get a current copy of your state party central committee bylaws and of your county party central committee bylaws along with the rules of the convention you are elected to.
  2. Keep in touch, because we'll be producing training teleconferences about all the aspects of being an effective meeting participant.

County Party Information

If you have corrections or additions to this information, please let us know.

Precinct / County Meeting Information

The Precinct Meetings may occur at multiple venues around the county on the same day, or on different days, and not necessarily at the same time. The County Conventions occur at a single venue within the county. This is the meeting at which the newly elected members of the county committee first exercise their power.

If you have corrections or additions to this information, please let us know.

You've Got A Friend

If this is your first meeting, it helps to get together with others who may already know the ropes or just to know someone else who will be at the meeting. The party insiders already know the other insiders, so incumbents, as usual, always have an advantage. Here are a list of contacts, by county, who are willing to connect. You may not agree with them on everything, but they are not insiders, so they, like you, are probably in the minority.

All politics is local. You cannot reach your goal alone. You need help. Some of these people are actively recruiting precinct committeemen in your county. If you'd like to recruit or connect with others in your county, add your comment to this article and a way to contact you.

County Rules Analysis

Below you will find an analysis of county organization rules that differ from the norm.


 

© Copyright 2014-2015, Project City Hall. All rights reserved.