What is a Precinct Committee Person (PCP)?
The organizational unit closest to the grass roots is the county Central Committee, consisting of the county's Precinct Committee People (PCPs)
PCPs are elected by fellow Republicans in their precinct in even numbered years during the May Primary election. PCPs can be appointed at anytime, however appointed PCPs don't get to vote in key party elections.
PCPs are the heart of the Republican Party. They are the grassroots activists who work hard to get Republican candidates elected, to get measures on the ballot, and help pass ballot measures that reflect our Republican values. PCPs get to know candidates and the opportunity to ask them questions face to face.
In odd-numbered years, in late Spring or Summer, the PCPs vote for delegates to the State Convention. This is where the Oregon Republican Party (ORP) Platform is created - it is done directly by the grassroots!
In even-numbered years, after the General Election in November, the elected PCPs vote for county officers and delegates to the next higher organizational unit, the ORP State Central Committee. Each county is represented by its Chair, Vice Chair, and a number of Delegates based on the Registered Republicans in the county. In Washington County, we have 6 Delegates in addition to the Chair and Vice Chair.
Every Presidential year, in the Summer, the elected PCPs in each Congressional District assemble and vote for:
District Officers (four-year terms) - the District Chair and Vice Chair serve on ORP Central Committee and the ORP Executive Committee.
Presidential Electors - these are the seven people who actually cast ballots for President and Vice President when we win the Oregon popular vote.
Delegates to the National Convention - these are the people who represent Oregon at the Republican National Convention and will cast their vote for the Presidential Candidate who will be on the ticket in the General Election.
The ORP Central Committee, generally in January of odd-numbered years, elects the state officers (for two-year terms). The ORP Chairman is one of three members of the ORP's delegation to the Republican National Committee (RNC). At the first meeting in Presidential years, the ORP Central Committee elects the other two, the National Committeeman and the National Committeewoman, for four-year terms.
So why is all this organizational stuff so important?
If you want to affect your county GOP operation, become an elected PCP!
If you want to affect the ORP operation, become an elected PCP!
If you want to affect the RNC operation, become an elected PCP!
If you want to affect the state platform, become an elected PCP!
If you want to affect the national platform, become an elected PCP!
How Do I Become a PCP?
There are only three requirements: 1) You must be at least 18, 2) You must live and be a registered voter in the county you file to become a PCP, and 3) You must be a registered Republican for 180 days or more
Here are the three ways you can become a PCP:
Between September (of an odd numbered year) and March (of an even numbered year) you can file to run as a PCP by filling out the SEL105 and your name will appear on the ballot. Don't worry, you don't have to campaign or spend a dime - there's room for everyone who meets the three requirements. Everybody wins!
If you missed filing by the date for the SEL 105 in March, it's not too late to be elected. Fill out the SEL105D and get it in to the Elections Office before 8pm on Primary Election Day. Get 3 or more people to write your name in on the ballot (just like you wrote it on the SEL105D) and you're in!
All other times of the year, you can ask the County Party Chair to appoint you as a PCP. Each county may have slightly different procedures for appointing new PCP's, but it's likely you will be asked to fill out a form with basic information. If you meet the three requirements above, you'll likely be asked to come to the next Central Committee Meeting to introduce yourself and maybe give a short speech of why you'd like to become a PCP. PCPs who are in attendance will vote yes or no on whether to appoint you. Appointed PCPs are not able to vote on County Party Leadership, but can vote on almost anything else.