Become a precinct chair
About precinct chairs
What is a Precinct Chair?
Precinct Chairs are the backbone of the El Paso County Democratic Party. A precinct chair is the local representative of the Democratic Party and its candidates at the neighborhood and grassroots level in each voting precinct. The primary job of a precinct chair is to increase the number of people voting Democratic in their precinct.
How does a Precinct Chair increase the Democratic vote?
Precinct Chairs have a number of resources available from the El Paso County Democratic Party. We will provide training and lists from or access to our online database of voters. With these tools, precinct chairs can identify other known Democrats in their precinct who may be interested in helping identify other Democrats or persuade neighbors to vote for Democratic candidates. This is the core of grassroots politics; neighbors talking to neighbors to persuade them to vote in elections and choose candidates representing the values and platform of the Democratic Party.
What else does a Precinct Chair get to do?
Precinct chairs are also members of the Executive Committee of the El Paso County Democratic Party. The County Executive Committee (CEC) meets on the second Tuesday of every month and is responsible for reviewing and approving party activities. They also fill vacant Precinct Chair positions. Candidates for public office, in the Primary or the general election, or even in non-partisan elections such as city councils and school boards, may ask precinct chairs for their support and endorsement. Precinct chairs are free to endorse, as individuals, any Democrats in partisan races, or in the Primary, or any candidate in non-partisan elections, but they need not do so. The endorsement and support of very active precinct chairs can greatly help a candidate.
Who can be a Precinct Chair?
Precinct chairs must be registered voters (18+) who reside in that precinct. Applicants must have voted in the Democratic primary election in the year in which he or she is elected precinct chair and they can’t be elected officials or candidates for county, state or federal office.