BECOME A PCO
The 43rd legislative district is divided into 214 precincts and each precinct has its own Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) who serves as the Democratic Party representative for that specific neighborhood.
The primary responsibility of a PCO is to contact their neighbors prior to each election to remind them to vote and provide materials on endorsed candidates. PCOs form the backbone of the 43rd’s Get Out The Vote (GOTV) effort, helping us win local and statewide races.
How Do I Become a PCO
Contact Shua Sanchez, Vice Chair for PCO Recruitment (firstname.lastname@example.org), and we will find you an open precinct (either yours, or a neighboring one) and get you a (short, simple) form to fill out. The members of the 43rd will vote on your appointment as a PCO at the next monthly meeting.
You can use King County Elections’ Find My Districts tool to find what precinct you live in, and you can check the King County Democrats’ PCO database to see which precincts have Elected or Appointed PCOs.
Types of PCOs
There are three types of PCOs:
Elected PCO: During the Primary Election of every even-numbered year, an individual may file with King County Elections to be elected as PCO for the precinct in which they are registered to vote. If more than one person files in a precinct, those names will be placed on the ballot and the Democratic voters in that precinct will choose whom to elect. If only one person files, they are automatically elected. They serve a two-year term beginning December 1st of the year they are elected.
Appointed PCO: An Appointed PCO is appointed by other PCOs to the precinct in which they are registered to vote if there is no Elected PCO. They serve from the date of their appointment until the end of the two-year PCO term (November 30th of each even-numbered year.)
Acting PCO: Someone whose precinct already has a PCO may be appointed as an Acting PCO to a precinct in which they are not registered to vote. They serve their adopted precinct until the end of the two-year PCO term, or until an Appointed PCO is found for their adopted precinct.
Please check out the Washington State Democrats PCO Handbook.