PC Resources

What is a Precinct Committeeperson?

A Precinct Committeeperson (PC) is the neighborhood representative of the Democratic Party in Addison Township. PCs are critical to ensuring strong, local support for Democratic candidates, issues, and initiatives.

Any registered Democrat is eligible to be an elected or appointed PC! See below for specifics on each.

We are hopeful we have at least 54 people willing to get their signed petitions completed in time for the 2024 June Primaries in order to cover all of Addison Township’s Precincts with an acting leader.

Find out more below. Further questions? Send us a message via the Contact page or dop us a line at info@addisondemocrats.com!

What does a PC do?

In general, elected and appointed PCs are asked to do the following:

  • Circulate provided candidate and election information to voters (e.g., door hangers, flyers, printed material, informational emails or texts, etc.)
  • Circulate petitions for candidates prior to the primary election
  • Attend PC training (In-person or online. We’ll let you know when they’re scheduled.)
  • Learn about your local elected officials, their causes, and their issues (Via WhoAreMyRepresentatives.org , your reps’ websites, or give them a call!)
  • Learn about the ballot propositions, initiatives, and referendums.
  • Pass your knowledge to your voters (Lots of ways to do this if you’re not a fan of knocking on doors)
  • On election day, assist in filling election judge or poll watcher vacancies for the precinct polling locations (There’s training for this, too!)
  • Cast a weighted vote in Democratic Party of DuPage County (DPDC) Executive Committee elections (Elected PCs)

If there is a PC activity that you might have difficulty executing, that’s OK! Let’s talk it through and find out how we can work together to keep DuPage blue.

How to Become a PC

Precinct Committee people may be:

  • Elected, or
  • Appointed by the ATDO Chairperson.

Precinct Committeepeople can be elected only to their own precinct. Appointed PCs are not required to live in the precinct they represent.

If a given precinct does not have an elected or appointed PC, someone from outside that precinct can be can be appointed by the ATDO Chairperson to support that precinct — no election required.

If someone wants to be a PC in a precinct which already has an elected PC, the ATDO Chairperson can appoint that person to support another precinct as a PC.

PC Appointments

Talk with the Chairperson of the PC Committee or the ATDO Chairperson about your interest in becoming an appointed PC.

PC Elections

If you’d like to be an elected PC, you’ll want to get on the primary election ballot. To do that, you’ll need to:

  • Live in the precinct you represent, AND
  • Get an official petition with at least ten (10) valid signatures from democratic voters who live in your precinct. (More signatures is better!)

To run for your own precinct, you’ll need to get a petition signed by a minimum number of residents who reside within your Precinct. Petitions must be signed and submitted by a specific deadline. (The petition window and due dates are currently TBD.)

Petition signatures can be disputed, so it’s always best to get more than the minimum required.

Once your petition has been completed and accepted, your name will be printed on the actual Election Ballot (for your precinct only) as a candidate for the Democratic Precinct Committeeperson to be voted on by the public.

Good news: You only need one vote to win — and that vote can be your own!

If there are two or more eligible Democrats running in a Precinct, then the person with the most votes in the Primary will run in November to get officially elected.

For more information or to talk with someone who is already a PC, send us a message via the Contact page or drop us a line at info@addisondemocrats.com. Someone will contact you shortly.

Thanks for considering becoming a PC!