Committee Person (PC) opportunities available throughout Kane County
What is a PC?
- Serve as the Precinct representative of the Democratic Party of Illinois, the County Democratic Party and ALL Democratic candidates.
- Develop relationships with the voters in the precinct and learn what will persuade them to vote for Democratic candidates on Election Day.
- Register new voters, update precinct lists, assist Vote by Mail voters and ensure voter registration transfers are completed.
- Assist local candidates in door-to-door activities and supply information to voters that will encourage them to support Democratic candidates.
- Work with residents of the precinct to address the neighborhood’s concerns and needs.
- Help with fundraising initiatives for the Kane County Democrats and our Democratic candidates.
- Elect the County Chairman or woman at the Democratic County Convention every two years, following the Primary Election.
What Are the Duties of a Democratic Precinct Committeeperson?
One of the main duties of a Democratic Precinct Committeeperson is to promote the Democratic Party. This includes supporting events for Democratic candidates at the local and national level. Committee members also work together toward uniting the party to promote the party’s overall goals. You can do this by distributing election information, and arranging events where the public can meet Democratic candidates. Precinct Committeepersons also canvass neighborhoods, watch for new residents and make sure people are registered to vote.
Listen to Public
Another duty of a Precinct Committeeperson is to listen to and work with the public. Electing party leaders who represent their party is one of the duties of a Committeeperson. Precinct committee members also listen to residents’ concerns and take that feedback back to the Democratic Central Committee. They also assist in recruiting volunteers to perform such duties as making phone calls or going door to door.
Get Out the Vote (GOTV)
A very important duty for the Precinct Committeeperson is to attempt to register voters and get them out to vote on Election Day, either by Vote by Mail ballot, early voting or Election Day voting. The Democratic Party encourages voting by Vote by Mail ballot as well as early voting.
Voter Protection / Voter Suppression
The Precinct Committeeperson is the first line of defense to ensuring that votes are not suppressed. Voter suppression is a strategy to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or preventing people from exercising the right to vote. It is distinguished from political campaigning in that campaigning attempts to change likely voting behavior by changing the opinions of potential voters through persuasion and organization. Voter suppression instead attempts to reduce the number of voters who might vote against the candidate or proposition advocated by the suppressors.
Precinct Committeepersons have the task of attending Precinct Committeeperson Meetings (Township Meetings or Kane Dem Meetings). At these meetings, they will be kept up-to-date on various candidates, upcoming events, elections and election strategies. Precinct Committeepersons should make sure that their County Party Chairman is kept up-to-date with your contact information (address, phone numbers, and email address). It’s important for the County Party Chairman to have multiple ways of connecting with you to keep you apprised of important information.
Registering new voters is an important function of the precinct committee person. There are a number of methods to determine if new residents in your precinct are likely to vote Democrat.
What are the Voter Registration requirements?
- Must be a US citizen;
- Must be at least 18 years of age by Election Day; 17 years of age to vote in a General Primary if individual will be 18 as of the following General Election;
- Must have been a resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.