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A precinct committeeman plan

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GOAL. Strengthen the effectiveness of precinct committeemen.

PROCEEDURE. Train, organize and motivate party members to be effective workers in their precincts.

TRAINING. Hold meetings several times a year to provide training which includes description of duties, powers bestowed on precinct committeeman, and information regarding voting regulations and how to use these regulations to benefit our precinct voters. This includes, but is not limited to, information on how to use absentee ballots, registration of voters and how to get out the vote. Monthly meetings are probably too frequent. Meeting should probably be based on general election dates and primary election dates which means 6 or 8 meetings a year is probably adequate. Meeting months should probably be February, March, July, August, September ,October, November, and December.

ORGANIZE. In the beginning, core members of the meeting will be precinct committeeman and county party officers. Quickly included should be election judges, block captains, and motivated citizens who want to help with elections. This group should offer suggestions on how to fill vacant precincts, block captains, and other work tasks. We can learn from each other on how to make our precincts increase voter turnout.

MOTIVATE. County and state candidates should be speakers who provide the group with their vision of good government and offer encouragement to the group to help reach those goals. Other speakers and special programs can be used as well. County officers can use this contact with precinct committeemen to offer personal encouragement to the precinct committeemen. County office holders should occasionally attend and thank the precinct committeemen for their work and efforts.

The meetings could be started with an evening meal provided by leaders. This would make the meetings more desirable to attend and promote comradery among the precinct committeemen. A meal could be pizza, or maybe cold cut sandwiches with potato salad and drink. This might be done for 3 or 4 dollars per person. Total expenses would be small in the beginning, but would grow if the project is successful. But if the project is successful and we begin to elect county wide offices, the expense would be worth it.

I expect a small group of us would provide the monies to start the project to see if the project is worthwhile.

Respectfully submitted,

Danny Hare, Green 1 Precinct Committeeman, Mercer County

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Greene 1 Precinct Committeeman Wants to Make a Difference

My name is Danny Lee Hare. You elected me to the post of Republican Precinct Committeeman for Greene 1 Precinct. Politics is not an activity that I aspire to. Also I do not have the personality to easily perform this job. I have always been a quiet guy and some would say a wallflower.

So why am I here? It was the summer of 2013 that I decided I had reached a fork in the road. I could continue to live my life quietly as I have done in the past, or I could become active trying to do something that will benefit my world. I chose the latter. I will be 80 years old next August. In the past several years I have contemplated the future of my descendants, and I am not happy with what I see. I see government becoming more intrusive in the daily lives of our citizens. The government is completely out of control with its spending. We have been printing $85 billion every month for many months, and we continue to borrow an additional $1 trillion every year. The people who must pay this bill are my children and my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren. This is grossly unfair to them. I grew up in a nation that allowed individuals to achieve their dreams, and I took advantage of that and tried to be all that I could be and was successful. Government has now changed that and has tended to become a force that picks winners and losers. I believe this intervention is wrong and should be stopped. Locally there are some important issues which you should become aware of, and I will expound on these in future letters. The purpose of this letter is to keep our members informed about politics and events in our community which you may find useful.

I know that we can have little impact on events that happen nationally, however I think we can have a meaningful impact on local government. As I have talked with some of my friends and neighbors during the last several months I have discovered that I am not alone. Many of them are of the opinion that America is heading in the wrong direction. We can correct this by voting for candidates who are dedicated to getting our nation and local governments back on track. So, my job is to help people in my precinct to be informed and vote for candidates who represent our values.

Precinct committeemen have several duties to fulfill. They should help individuals register to vote. We can help individuals obtain absentee ballots and vote early if they choose. We must select our party’s election judges and poll watchers and see that they are trained to do their job. We can help people to get to the polls on election day. I will try to answer questions that anyone has about government. In the coming week I will attend training that will educate me on how to perform these duties. I will be in touch with the voters in my precinct later this summer.

I will send out another letter asking for volunteers to be election judges and poll watchers. Training will follow and our party will provide support required for successful execution of these duties. At the moment, I am in need of someone to volunteer or to work as a paid computer operator to prepare mailing label files. I need someone to enter addresses into a mailing label program which will create mailing labels for my mailings. If you know of someone who would be willing to do this, please contact me.

In the meantime, I encourage you not to give up. I am certain there are many people who think like me and you. If we band together we can accomplish many good things. It is a noble endeavor that we try to make a better world for our children and grandchildren. Let’s do it together.

Danny L. Hare
Greene 1 Precinct Committeeman