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Precinct Committee Officer Manual
Welcome to the team! Together, we can make a difference!
The Republican Party is truly a grassroots-led organization. As the official voice of conservatives in your precinct, you play a crucial role by guiding the county party, as a member of the Central Committee communicating on political issues with your neighbors help fill vacancies if a Republican official resigns By investing just a few hours each month, you can have a vibrant precinct and help to enhance America’s precious heritage of freedom. You can also become much more knowledgeable about public issues, and experience the pleasure of advancing important causes.
The Party of Rights -- a Brief History of the GOP
Some people think that the Republican Party is against civil rights. The party was actually founded on the core principle of eliminating slavery. After the huge sacrifices of the Civil War, the GOP passed amendments 13 (abolishing slavery), 14 (equal protection for all citizens), 15 (voting rights for all races), and 19 (voting rights for women). For a century, opposition parties fought back with anti-black Jim Crow laws. When Republicans tried to pass a civil rights act in 1957 to end racial segregation and inequality, it was stopped by a Democrat filibuster.
The last 60 years have seen many changes. Democrats have come out in favor of new rights for race, gender, and economic identity groups. Republicans, meanwhile, have focused on protecting traditional individual rights like property and free speech.
It is our privilege to join today’s intense debate on what is best for America. Socialism, regulation, and entitlements? Entrepreneurialism, freedom, and individualism? Or some blend that enhances civil society without compromising the principles of Liberty!
Organization of the Republican Party
(To read the state law governing political parties, visit
-- includes all conservative citizens
-- expresses opinions thru PCO’s, media, caucuses, and voting
-- elects PCO’s (precinct committee officers, 1 per precinct).
PCO’s are elected in even-numbered years for 2-year terms. Any registered voter who lives in a precinct and is willing to support Republican candidates qualifies for election. Between elections, additional PCO’s can be appointed by the County Chair. For a full specification of duties, see
The Okanogan County Republican Party
(OCRP or Central Committee)
-- the assembly of county PCO’s, meets 3-6 times/year
-- sets policy and coordinates action at the county level
-- elects 3 representatives to the WSRP
-- every 4th year, hosts county caucuses & convention to set county platform and choose delegates to state convention
The Washington State Republican Party (WSRP or State Committee)
-- the assembly of 3 representatives from each county,
meeting 4 times per year
-- sets policy & coordinates at the state level
-- elects 3 representatives to the RNC
-- every 4th year, hosts state convention to set
state platform & choose 12 national delegates
-- the platform, officers, bylaws, and other
materials are at https://wsrp.org/
The Republican National Committee (RNC)
-- the assembly of 3 representatives from each state,
meeting 4 times per year
-- sets policy and coordinates action at the national level
-- hosts national convention to set national platform and
choose the Republican presidential & VP candidates
-- official website: https://www.gop.com/
OCRP Operational Details
Draft Goals for 2021
1. Identify at least 20 more PCO’s for unrepresented precincts.
2. Train all PCO’s on tools to build relationships in their precincts.
3. Have a party presence at the County Fair and most of the major events in our communities.
4. Engage in civil conversations on issues like “Medicare for All” to win conservative converts.
5. Utilizing a variety of sources, keep informed, with an emphasis on local and state issues.
William (Isaac) Taylor
You will receive the following OCRP items as email attachments shortly after you are elected or appointed (or by regular mail, if we don’t have your email address):
· List of committees, on which PCO’s may volunteer to serve
· Map of your precinct, including commissioner, legislative, and congressional district information
or go to https://caltopo.com/m/69D3
· Voting history of your precinct, so you can set improvement targets
Please get a ring binder to hold these key documents and your copies of meeting minutes. Bring the binder to each meeting to keep your paperwork organized.
Roberts Rules Of Order
We use Robert’s Rules to provide the basic structure of our meetings. The purpose is to ensure that we stay on track and that everyone has an opportunity to speak. In case you’re not familiar with the procedure, don’t worry -- we are flexible. Here’s a very brief starter version...
· Address all comments to the chair, not to other attendees. For touchy issues, this helps to keep discussions from turning into arguments.
· Always raise your hand and get the recognition of the chair before speaking. Never speak when another attendee is talking. Nobody gets much out of the discussion when 5 people are talking at the same time.
· If you want to make a specific proposal, get the recognition of the chair and then say “I MOVE THAT WE____”, filling in the blank with your proposal. It helps to write down the exact wording first -- you will probably need to repeat it. The person who presents the motion has the right to be first and last speaker on the motion. Time limits may be set as needed.
· After a motion is made, someone else needs to second it before we proceed to discussion. That makes sure that enough people care about the motion in order to justify its consideration.
· Don’t be offended or embarrassed if your motion is amended, doesn’t get a second, or is voted down. A motion is like a first draft, often modified or replaced as we apply our different insights to it. Whether accepted or not, your motion has provided a useful starting point to help others crystallize their ideas.
· The chair is a facilitator, not a boss. Except when making their own report, the chair’s special duty is to help everyone else participate. The chair will seek to remain unbiased, even on hot issues, so that everyone can be confident that their views will be heard. Diversity of opinion is gold. To avoid the appearance of bias, the chair will normally vote only if their vote is critical to create or break a tie.
Questions or Suggestions?
Feel free to contact your chairman or other officers about any questions or suggestions that will help us to elect principled conservatives. Every contact is valued. NO QUESTIONS ARE DUMB!