Precinct Reorganization 2018
Precinct organization is the essence of our democracy: Grassroots leadership, issues bubbling up from neighborhood conversations, presenting voters with information, mobilizing them to register, vote, and to get involved. It is about fulfilling our civic responsibilities to be an informed and active electorate.
This year, the Greenville County Democratic Party embarks on a project to develop a robust grassroots organization that begins at and bubbles up from the neighborhood level.
That begins in January with precinct organization and the election of officers. If you’re looking for ways to get involved, to make a difference, to lead change this November, step up now and participate in your precinct. It’s here – by talking to voters, by pulling people together under the umbrella of values and goals the majority of Americans already agree with – that we will win elections. We’ve proven that organization works: Locally, in the council elections in November 2017, and nationally, by electing a Democrat for the first time in decades to the US Senate from one of the reddest states in the nation.
You can be a part of making this happen. In fact, it can’t happen without you. This is the essence of our democracy.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Involved
Save the Date
The 151 precincts in Greenville County will all meet on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to elect leadership and discuss resolutions (issues). Block off the time in your calendar.
Know your precinct
To participate in precinct meetings, you must be a registered voter. But you can be an observer at any age! You can confirm your voter registration status and find out what precinct you are in at SCvotes.org. If you aren’t registered to vote, you can do that at the County Election Commission at 301 University Ridge, Suite 1900, Greenville, SC 29601. Or online.
Learn about leadership
Each precinct has several leadership positions: President, first-, second-, and third-vice president, secretary, treasurer, and the executive committee representative. Learn more about these positions.
Find your meeting location
Because the county is so large – the most precincts in any county in the state (fun fact!) – we have to use multiple locations to accommodate everyone. View or download a pdf that has all the meeting locations listed by precinct.
Ready to start organizing your neighborhood?
Here’s one way to meet your neighbors: Go knock on their doors. Invite them to come with you to the precinct meeting. If you’re interested in standing for election, tell them why. Or encourage them to run. Get a conversation started. You can also prepare by bringing your ideas for resolutions up for consideration. Download the resolution submission doc in Word or a PDF. For some talking points on why precinct organization is the bedrock of the democratic process, read county chair Kate Franch’s post.