Linn County Voter Precincts & PCPs
The foundation of the political system in the United States is at the local government level and the local political party. The organization of the major political parties in Oregon is defined by state statue (ORS 248) and is based on a Precinct System at the county level. Based on formulas defined in Oregon statutes and some common sense, each county is divided into geographic divisions called Voting Precincts. Currently, Linn County is divided into 90 voting precincts. The Oregon statues allocated approximately one (1) precinct committee person (PCP) for about every 250 voters within the precinct. Currently there are 380 PCP positions allocated for each major political party in Linn County. In the May 2020 election Republican voters filled 106 of their positions.
PCPs have the opportunity to influence the focus of their political party. They help to identify candidates for public office. PCPs can also run for public office. The PCP is the communication conduit between the political party, elected officials, the local government, and their friends and neighbors.
The Central Committee
The PCPs within a county are all members of the Party's Central Committee. The committee meets once a month and elects officers every two years. They participate in various events and functions in the county as local representatives of the Republican Party. Their functions include fundraisers and support activities for Republican candidates. Each PCP decides on one's level of commitment and participation. In making that decision, the PCP should keep in mind the role of the PCP as the representative of fellow registered Republican voters in one's precinct and Linn County for the Republican Party at the grassroots level.
The basic responsibilities of a PCP are:
- Become knowledgeable about the party and political activities in Linn County and your local community.
- Become the communication link between elected officials and your friends and neighbors.
- Volunteer to assist with the activities and events in which the Linn County Republican Party participates.
- Regularly attend the monthly central committee meeting.
- Volunteer to assist with ballot measures endorsed by the LCRCC and candidate support.
Variety of Activities
The Linn County Republican Party sponsors and participates in a number of activities throughout the year. We encourage every PCP to select at least one significant Linn County Republican Party activity on which they can focus time and attention. These activities include:
- Fund raisers
- Signature collection on initiative petitions
- County & State Fair booths
- Information booths at events such as gun shows
- Meet & Greet events
- Candidate forums
- PCP recruitment
- Get out to vote activities including voter registration
- Candidate support
- Phone call follow-up