Welcome! You are on this page because you know change is needed.
But…. it’s not a job to tackle alone. Join a team that shares your vision of a better America.
We need folks who can talk, write & represent our goals.
We need canvassers who’ll get out the vote, precinct captains, and candidates for office to create a better future for Canyon County!
Please sign up below! Tell us how you’d like to help for a better 2022!
More about precinct captain duties below the signup form. For available trainings, see our ‘Events’ page.
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WE NEED YOU!
Canvassers (200 would be great)
This is where elections are won!
Sign up and we notify you of times and places you can help.
You get a list (walking or phoning), a suggested script, and an EXPERIENCED PARTNER.
If you can help 3-4 hours a week or a month, you can make a difference!
(Sign up on the volunteer form!)
Precinct captains (64)
A precinct is the geographical area that shares a polling place. Canyon County has 64 precincts. (Enter your address on this site and then check upper right for “precinct.” 26-11 means precinct 26 of district 11.)
Captains network with the Dem voters in their precinct and help orient volunteers. Digital handbook available.
Captains typically spend 10-30 hours a month on party business.
Canyon County Democrats need several more precinct captains. We also have an adopt-a-precinct policy where you can serve as captain of a precinct you don’t live in while working to recruit a captain there.
Contact Rex Hanson for more information.
Responsibilities of a Precinct Captain
The goal of the Democratic Party is to win elections. Regardless of what level of the organization you are involved in you need to repeatedly ask yourself one question, “Is what I’m doing going to help elect more Democrats?” In many communities communication at the grassroots level makes all the difference.
Precinct captains have certain duties that the party depends on them to perform.
- Attend legislative district and/or county central committee meetings. (County meetings are the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7 pm.)
- Elect county and legislative district leadership during the re-organization meeting after the May primary elections in even-numbered years.
- Nominate a replacement if any Democratic elected official should resign in your area.
- Contact the people in your neighborhood at least once a year.
- Volunteer for the Get Out The Vote effort prior to elections.
Effective Precinct Organizers
Know their neighbors: Get acquainted with the people in your precinct. Make sure you know homebound citizens or people in the military who need to vote by mail. Make an effort to welcome all newcomers with a personal visit or note and, if they are Democrats, inform them how they can register to vote. Get young people who will be 18 years old before Election Day registered to vote.
Know their precinct: Your state party or legislative district organization can help you obtain information about your precinct. Get a map of the area and study it. Know the boundaries, the number of houses, apartments, churches, businesses, schools and the location of your polling place. Get to know the economic makeup, number of union members, veterans, students of voting age, total Democratic population, ethnicities represented, and voting history of your precinct.
Know local issues: Read your local paper to learn about major concerns of your county, district and precinct. Know the hot button issues in your community and how the people in your precinct feel about them. Learn about important state issues. Familiarize yourself with Democratic Party values and talking points.
Know where to find answers: You don’t have to have all the answers you just need to know who you can call to find them. Call your county or legislative chair if you need help.
A large part of being an effective precinct organizer requires working with others to walk or phone voters. The following list of items may be obtained from your county or legislative leaders.
• Precinct map.
• Voter registration forms.
• Absentee voter forms.
• Party Affiliation forms.
• Extra copies of literature about Democratic elected officials and candidates in your voting district.
•Walking or calling lists of voters in your precinct (available from Votebuilder, our on-line database).
• Clipboard and pen.
• Determination and a sense of humor!