Help Us Build Stronger Communities: As a Precinct Captain.
As a precinct captain, you will organize a team of Democrats from your community to communicate the values, principles, and policies that make us all proud members of the Idaho Democratic Party.
We have a statewide network of grassroots activists that will be there to help you begin to organize your precinct and get its citizens more involved in the issues that affect them. As the team you organize gets bigger and more connected, our statewide Democratic community gets stronger.
Every precinct where we don’t have a captain organizing and leading their community is a gap in our network that hinders our ability to bring a more diverse discussion into Idaho politics.
Be a precinct captain and help us bridge that gap with your leadership, creativity, and innovation.
Let’s work together to build stronger communities in Idaho.
WHAT ARE PRECINCTS?
Precincts are the smallest geographic units in politics. Idaho has 944 precincts varying in size from a few dozen to about 2000 voters.
WHAT IS A PRECINCT CAPTAIN?
HOW ARE PRECINCT CAPTAINS CHOSEN?
WHERE IS MY PRECINCT?
HOW WILL I HELP ELECT DEMOCRATS?
WHAT DOES A PRECINCT CAPTAIN DO?
Support a healthy party organization
Participate in setting and fulfilling your county party’s goals, attend central committee meetings, serve on committees, and invest in your county and state party via their monthly pledge funds.
Meet your neighbors
Visit with people in your precinct and find out what’s important to them. Share your enthusiasm for Democratic Party values. Find out which neighbors are open to voting for Democratic candidates. As precinct captain, you have access to a state-of-the-art database, and you are expected to ensure information about voters in your precinct is updated regularly.
Find supporters for candidates
Candidates rely on you and your team to find and connect them to people who may be willing to invest their time, talents, and money to help their campaigns.
Distribute flyers from your local and the state party (and create your own). Encourage your neighbors to connect to Democratic newsletters, web pages, blogs, and other communications tools. Encourage them to speak out on the radio, in letters-to-the editor and in other ways.
Host neighborhood events
You or others on your precinct team may host informal gatherings to build stronger connections in your neighborhood, share ideas and find new team members. During election season, you may invite undecided voters in your neighborhood to meet Democratic candidates.
Turn out Democratic voters
During the final weeks of the election, you and your team will help ensure that everyone who has agreed to support Democratic candidates cast their votes. Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) activities include delivering reminder flyers, making calls, driving people to the polls and poll watching.
Be a good neighbor
If you are visible as a good neighbor and as a Democrat, you help dispel stereotypes of Democrats that some people in Idaho have. Some precinct captains like to put signs in their yard or window so that when another Democrat moves in, they know they are welcome.