Saturday, January 14, 2012

Pennsylvania Precinct Committee Election

Pennsylvania Precinct Committee Election

Pennsylvanians will elect precinct committeemen in about half of the counties in the primary election on April 24, 2012.

This is another opportunity to achieve a center of power and it won't come around again for another two or four years, depending on the county.


Most importantly, you have to get on the ballot.

You must reside within the precinct boundary.

You must be registered to vote (or 18 years old by November 2012) and indicate a party affiliation for the party you want to represent.

And, of course, you must be a breathing human being, except maybe in Philadelphia or Pittsburgh.

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 on the ballot , Project City Hall will produce two live teleconferences on January 18th and January 23rd (see below) to discuss strategy and answer your questions.

What:Pennsylvania Precinct Committee Election Teleconference
When:Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm (Eastern)
* Monday, January 23, 2012 at 8:30 pm (Eastern)
Where:Your home or mobile telephone
Details:To receive teleconference call details, Sign up or text Pennsylvania PC, {your name}, {your e-mail address} to (973)498-8066

Lois Kaneshiki from Blair County will be our special guest on the January 23rd teleconference. Join with Lois and other precinct committeemen from around the state at The (PA) Precinct Project.

How to Determine Your Precinct

  1. Go to the Polling Place search page and enter your county, city, and address.
    For example:
  2. Note the Precinct Name following the Polling Place Address on the results page.
    For example:
    Polling Place Address for ALTOONA WD 10 PCT 4
    405 E. HUDSON AVE
    ALTOONA, PA 16602
  3. Write down the address and print a map if you need to.
    For example:

Getting on the Ballot

  1. Call your county executive committee and ask how many precinct committeemen your precinct can elect. (It will be at least two.)
  2. Ask for the names of each of the current precinct leaders and their contact information (e-mail address and telephone number).
  3. Call your county clerk and ask for the petition forms to get on the ballot for a precinct committeeman.
  4. 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.
  5. Join other Pennsylvanians on the live teleconference call (see below) where you can ask questions.
  6. Prepare printed information about yourself so that you can quickly communicate the information to everyone you meet (your neighbors) from your precinct.
  7. Prepare printed information about any party platform ideas that you have.
  8. Circulate your petitions. Remember to follow exactly the procedure to get the signatures.
  9. When you have all your petitions together get them notarized.
  10. File your petitions with the county clerk as soon as you have the number of signatures along with a buffer for those that may be disqualified.

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

  1. Get a current copy of your state party executive committee by-laws and of your county party executive committee by-laws.
  2. Find out from the out-going county party executive committee when the organizational meeting is scheduled to elect new officers.
  3. 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.

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