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.
Danny Hare, Green 1 Precinct Committeeman, Mercer County