What is a Precinct Committee Person?

A Libertarian Party Precinct Committee Person represents the Libertarian voters of his or her precinct at the local level. Beside the Precinct Committeemen and Committeewomen, inside Cook County we also elect Township Committee Persons and inside Chicago, elect Ward Committee Persons. These Committee Persons are the face of our party within the precincts, and, in many cases, might be the only party official a voter ever meets.The Libertarian Committee Person’s job is, in essence, all about helping to spread Libertarian values of Freedom, Peace and Prosperity, and in turn, grow the Libertarian Party and deliver the maximum number of votes from his or her precinct, township or ward on Election Day. These volunteers comprise the core of any grassroots effort and no political campaign can be successful without these frontline Libertarian ambassadors.Many people begin their political involvement as a Committee Person. It’s the perfect place to get started for anyone interested in building a better Libertarian Party and advancing Liberty in our communities, state and country. Simply put, the more of you we have throughout our state, the more elections we will win, and the more Freedom will triumph.

What does a Committee Person do?

The Committee Person’s job is really just an extension of what most people already do–talking to their neighbors. The difference is that our Committeemen and Committeewomen become part of a state–wide team of activists.

With continual support and guidance of our Political Division, our Committee Persons will be given the tools and instructions needed to become a libertarian leader and advance our platform principles of Less Government and More Freedom. A few example of Precinct Committee Person activities are:

  • Identify libertarian–leaning voters
  • Register new voters and encourage them to vote
  • Distribute libertarian and/or campaign literature
  • Participate in state–wide grassroots initiatives
  • Carry out local party activities

If you are ready to get started, follow these simple steps.

Contact our Field Operations Division and ask for your starter kit.

  • The first step allows us to keep track of which precincts are being covered. It also helps the Field Operations Division support your efforts. Email the Field Operations Division to receive your packet. Click here if you need a copy of the Statement of Candidacy.

Fill out the forms provided, optionally including your petition form.

  • There is a Statement of Candidacy, a Libertarian Pledge and a Petition Form, along with instructions. Fill in your name and information. Please do not sign any of your forms until you are in front of a Notary. (you can find a Notary at almost any bank)

Identify your precinct / Statement of Candidacy

  • First you need to identify in which precinct you are registered, and where are the boundaries of that precinct. Resources include the following. Find your precinct by a Registration Lookup on the Board of Elections web site. Next find a map of your precinct using this Look Up Worksheet, or the SBoE List, or contact your election authority (i.e. county clerk). If you have problems you can contact the Field Operations Division or email the State Chair. Then fill out your Statement of Candidacy and Pledge. These are all of the required forms.

Collect 10 signatures from inside your precinct (optional)

  • The best Committee Persons will want to know their neighbors, and let them know about the Libertarian option. There will also be requirements imposed on us by state law in the future that will require us to run for Committee Persons as we would run for County Board, Governor or President. To get used to the process, and to introduce ourselves to our neighbors, we encourage getting 10 signatures on our petitions and submit them to the party. Going door to door is fun and easy. Please consider doing this as a way to get started on long lasting friendships with others in your neighborhood.

Notarize your documents.

  • Once you have filled out the forms, take them to a Notary Public. Sign them there, then package all of the sheets together. (you can find a Notary at almost any bank)

Save and Submit your forms and finished petitions to the Field Operations Director.

  • To speed up the process we recommend you e-mail electronic copies (you will still need to mail the paper copies) to our Field Operations Division Precincts Director.  A member of the Field Operations team will also advise you where to mail your physical copies to.

Once we process your forms you will be provide with resources to make your job easy.

  • You will be put on a mailing list that will include all county and chapter chairs, party officers and all other precinct Committeemen and Committeewomen. You will be mail periodic recommendations for doing effective outreach. You will also get newsletters with information you can use and stories submitted by other Precinct Committee Persons. You are also encouraged to submit stories of your own experience to share. And for Committee Persons who want to make a real difference, we have a manual you can download.

For more information or to begin the application process, contact our Field Operations Division and we will send you everything you need to get started.

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