Become a Precinct Committee Officer
The 26th District comprises portions of both Kitsap and Pierce counties and is divided into 108 neighborhoods called precincts. Some may be only a few blocks in size, while other rural precincts may cover several square miles. It is the goal of the 26th Legislative District to have an active Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) in each precinct.
To become an Elected PCO you need to apply during filing week (May 2020) at your county auditor. Terms are for 2 years. Elections for PCOs only happen on even years.
At any time you can apply to be an Appointed PCO in your precinct or another precinct if that position is opened. Click the links below to download the application to become an Appointed PCO.
The PCO serves as the political representative for each neighborhood precinct. In general, they are responsible for promoting Democratic candidates and issues in their neighborhoods. PCOs are encouraged to recruit others to join them as Precinct Committee members, so no one person has to do all the work.
At a Minimum:
- They walk or phone their precinct once a year to make sure their neighbors are registered voters, hand out election materials, and remind people to vote.
- They coordinate with campaigns to educate voters and generate interest in elections on behalf of candidates and ballot measures.
- They attend Legislative District and County Central Committee meetings.
- Calling people in your precinct to encourage them to vote (Get-Out-The-Vote, or GOTV)
- Helping to find yard sign locations and putting up and maintaining yard signs.
- Writing a letter to voters in your precinct to share your opinions, ideas and reasons on candidates and issues.
- Writing letters-to-the-editor.
- Attending meetings to obtain information on issues and to meet candidates and elected officials.
PCOs are elected every two years in the September primary election. It is also possible to be appointed a PCO between elections, or to be appointed as an Acting PCO for a precinct in which you do not reside. We also welcome people willing to help the PCOs by serving on a Precinct Committee especially in some of the larger precincts. If you are interested in serving on a precinct committee or becoming a PCO, please contact us.
Next opportunity to file for PCO is May 2020. You can apply to be an appointed PCO now. There are open precincts.
All current PCOs (Precinct Committee Officers) and those of you who would like to be a PCO may need to file to be an Elected PCO during the 2020 Filing Week. Filing to be a PCO is free and you can do it online. We will post the links here when they’re available:
- If you are the PCO in the precinct in which live, you need to file in order to be an Elected PCO.
- If you are an Appointed PCO that has been assigned to a different precinct than the one where you live because your precinct already has a great PCO then you do not need to file.
- If you are in a precinct that has a PCO that is inactive- and you’d like to make a difference – you should file.