PRECINCT CHAIR INFORMATION
What is a Precinct Chair?
A Precinct Chair plays one of the most important leadership roles in getting Republicans elected to office at all levels of government. Simply put, a Precinct Chair is the central manager for the most basic unit in the Republican Party. Precinct Chairs are boots on the ground that have day to day interaction with the voters in their area. A precinct is an official voting subdivision of a county, generally encompassing bound by one or a few neighborhoods.
Any registered voter that lives in the precinct willing to donate their time, energy, and commitment to helping elect Republicans to office can seek to become Precinct Chair. A person can be elected in the Republican Primary, or appointed by the county party leadership to fill an open spot.
What are the Responsibilities of a Precinct Chair?
The primary job of a Precinct Chair is to support the Republican Party and ticket by turning out the Republican vote in their precinct.
Getting people in your precinct involved
The best way to get people to take action is by their becoming invested in the election. Precinct Chairs encourage their friends and neighbors to get involved in helping with precinct organization and elections. They enlist Block Captains to assist in finding these volunteers.. Many people are willing to help with something small then make a larger commitment as they become more invested..
Get to know voters in the precinct. Be the first to welcome new neighbors with an introduction as their Republican Precinct Chairman—this can be a good way to begin a conversation which might determine their political leanings. Learn who your consistent Republican voters are so you can count on their support. Also become aware of “swing voters” or those who do not usually vote so that information can be provided which would persuade them to vote Republican.
Always be ready to register a Republican to vote by becoming a Deputy Voter Registrar (DVR) and also to get as many DVR volunteers as possible. DVRs take a short training course and an oath from the county Voter Registrar and are then allowed to accept a completed voter registration application card from a new voter and take it to the Voter Registrar.
You need to be the political leader in your neighborhood. Keep in touch with Republicans in your area and let them know of current political events, issues, upcoming elections, and opportunities for involvement with the local party, clubs or campaigns.
All of the steps mentioned above lead to this. Once voters are identified, registered, and and kept politically informed, it’s time to make all of that count - get them to the polls to vote Republican! The most common activities that remind voters to vote are walking door-to-door (“block walking”) and making phone calls (“phone banking”). Assist those needing to vote early by mail (contact your County Clerk for help). Offer to accompany neighbors to their polling place or drive people that need a ride. Efforts to turn out voters are often referred to as “Get-Out-The-Vote” efforts or “GOTV.”