"If all else fails, read the instructions." Good advice for both the newbie and the veteran hand. So, here at the top of the list is the Linn County Republican Party PCP Manual. Feel free to download and print so that you can mark it up as you acquire new insights and tricks of the trade. Keep this digital copy handy, though, for the links.
Maps are invaluable for telling us where we are. We all know that precincts provide the lay of the political landscape. The map here shows the portions of the legislative districts reaching into the county intersect. It also assists one to visualize how the precincts align to the legislative districts with the colors; much easier than a monochrome map.
PCPs can download and print these maps as they help:
- Linn County precincts
- Linn County House/Senate districts
- Albany precincts
- Lebanon precincts
- Sweet Home precincts
The Oregon Legislature's web site has an interactive mapping tool that enables the interested user to examine the coverage of House and Senate districts dynamically by providing addresses or simply move the mouse pointer to the desired location on the map:
A core function of the PCP is to help friends, neighbors, and other voters understand the issues that makes one candidate better than another. The Oregon Legislature Information System (OLIS) is an invaluable tool for tracking the legislature whenever it convenes in session. You will find tools to follow the course of legislation through committees and floor sessions, read amendments, and even submit testimony. Devote some time to really learn how to utilize it. Political junkie nirvana.
The Oregon Secretary of State is the chief elections officer for the State of Oregon; the County Clerk has the same role in Linn County (the URL says it all). Both sites provide a wealth of information to assist the voter. Since the clerk holds the records for all voters in the county and is the first point of contact, this site is the go-to location for all things PCP and county election history. But even the county site redirects many voter inquiries to the SoS site, especially to help with voter registration:
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You bet you want to be able to answer all of the questions an interested voter asks. And naturally you would love to be able to win that argument with one who disagrees and "persuade the persuadable". Here are four sites that can keep you busy for at least several months if you avail yourself of everything they offer:
- Oregon Elections Civics Toolkit — Designed for a group/classroom setting, these teacher lesson plans cover Oregon election laws and processes.
- Oregon Citizens Lobby — While the site is focused more on tracking legislation and alerting site followers of pending action in the interest of promoting good lobbying efforts, poking around just might uncover some real gold.
- Hillsdale College online — The Constitution classes alone are worth the price of tuition. There is so much more that will bring you back. Classes covering culture, history, economics, and literature will not only educate, they will inspire.
- Wallbuilders — David Barton has been publishing materials offering Christian perspectives on U.S. History for decades. There are several insightful articles and media, mostly on topics of national scope. You will want to stay current via return visits. Often.