Indiana Precinct Committee Election
Hoosiers will elect precinct committeemen at the primary election on May 8, 2012. The deadline for candidates to file their declaration of candidacy is noon on February 10, 2012.
This is another opportunity to achieve a center of power and it won't come around again for another four years. That's year, unlike most states, Indiana has a four year cycle so this is doubly important election.
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) and indicate a party affiliation for the party you want to represent.
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 precinct caucus, Project City Hall will produce a live teleconference on February 3rd (see below) to discuss strategy and answer your questions.
How to Determine Your Precinct
Details coming shortly.
- Go to the Lookup Polling Place and enter your county, name, and date of birth. If you have any difficulty as the county clerk or the county party which should be able to provide the precinct name and code based on your residence address.
- Note the Precinct Name and Precinct Code preceding the Caucus Location on the results 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.
- You can download a (CAN-37) DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY FOR PRECINCT COMMITTEEMAN AND STATE CONVENTION DELEGATE or go to your county clerk's office and pick one up there. For additional Candidate Information.
- Call the county clerk and ask for the name, if any, of the current precinct committeeman for your precinct and their contact information (e-mail address and telephone number).
- Ask if a precinct committeeman was elected in the previous election cycle, how many people from the precinct voted in the same party, and how many votes were cast for each precinct committeemen on the ballot or as write-ins.
- Join other Hoosiers on the live teleconference call (see above) where you can ask questions.
- Prepare printed information about yourself so that you can quickly communicate the information to everyone you meet (your neighbors) from your precinct. Also, see How to Present Yourself at a Precinct Caucus
- Prepare printed information about any party platform ideas that you have.
- File your declaration with the county clerk as soon as you can. You must get the declaration notarized. The county clerk may also be able to provide notary services, otherwise many business service store like Kinko's or UPS provide notary services. The best approach is to file person. When you do, you can ask to have your declaration reviewed to make sure that you completed it as the clerk requires.
Winning the Election
Winning a precinct election is easy, even with someone running against you, which is rare. 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
- Get a current copy of your state party executive committee by-laws and of your county party executive committee by-laws.
- Find out from the out-going county party executive committee when the organizational meeting is scheduled to elect new officers.
- Keep in touch, because we'll be producing training teleconferences about all the aspects of being an effective precinct committeeman.
Who Should Attend?
- Anyone who wants to take their country back.
- Anyone who values freedom and liberty.
- If you're already a precinct committeeman, attend to encourage others and to relate your own experience.