Missouri Precinct Committee Election
Missourians will elect precinct committeeman in every one of more than 3500 precincts in every city and town across the state at the Missouri Primary Election on August 7, 2012.
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 Missouri? Well, you can change that. But you have to get up off the couch and put yourself on the ballot.
This is another opportunity to achieve a center of power and it won't come around again for another two years.
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 host a live teleconference on March 21st (see below) to discuss strategy and answer your questions.
How to Determine Your Precinct
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.
- Call your county central committee and ask how many precinct committeemen your precinct can elect.
- Ask for the names of each of the current precinct committeemen and their contact information (e-mail address and telephone number).
- Ask how many people from the county voted at the previous primary election, and how many votes were cast for each precinct committeemen on the ballot.
- Join other Missourians 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 from your precinct.
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 central committee by-laws and of your county party central committee by-laws.
- Find out from the current county party central 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.
What You'll Learn
- The power of the precinct committeeman.
- The best strategies for getting your petition signatures (not every county requires petitions).
- How to win in a competitive election.
If you have corrections or additions to this information, please let us know.
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.
We support the local precinct organization in Missouri called the Missouri Precinct Project (MOPP). Most or all of these contacts participate with MOPP.