Oklahoma – Tuesday, February 1, 2011 is the date for the upcoming Republican party precinct elections (aka caucuses). These meetings, by state party rules, are to take place in the precinct on the date designated by the state Republican party chairman.*
The precinct, for those who may not know, is the geographical area assigned to vote at a particular voting location; “a subdivision of a county, town, city, or ward for election purposes.” Each precinct is to have a committee, made up of citizens elected by other members of that precinct, to conduct the administrative affairs of the party to which they belong (Republican or Democrat, unless and until a third party gets moving in OK.)
The precinct committee is the supreme authority within the political parties. From the 2010 GOP Rules:
“Rule 5- Precinct Committees
(a) Composition and Election: There shall be a Precinct Committee in each election precinct of the state. The Precinct Committee shall consist of a Precinct Chairman and a Precinct Vice Chairman, not of the same gender, a Precinct Secretary, and a Precinct Treasurer, who may be the same person, and who shall have equal right to vote at Precinct Meetings. They shall be elected at the regular biennial Precinct Meeting of the qualified Republican voters of each precinct called by the County Chairman, or as provided in these rules. The same procedure shall be followed at a regular or special meeting, in the event new precincts are created anywhere in any county of the state.
(b ) Authority and Duties: The Precinct Committee is the supreme Republican Party authority of each precinct, subject to these rules, and the direction and control of official precinct meetings. The Precinct Committee of each precinct is charged with the duty of promoting the welfare and directing the affairs of the Republican Party in its precinct. The Precinct Chairman shall be the executive officer of the precinct delegates to any county convention. The Precinct Chairman is not disqualified to be elected or appointed as a delegate pursuant to these rules. Only the Precinct Committee has the authority to remove any duly elected qualified delegate to the county convention.”
Being the most powerful committee within the political parties, the precinct is the starting place for the election of party officials, delegates to party conventions, both county and state, and the committee that will ultimately decide who the delegates are to the National Convention where the participants vote for President.
These delegates decide who gets to be on the presidential ballot in 2012.
And it all starts by being involved in your local precinct election/meeting in February 1, 2011. (Oklahoma.)
Some of the articles below may help in understanding the power of the precinct and why you should participate.
- The Most Powerful Office in the World is NOT the President of the United States Eagle Forum article:http://www.eagleforum.org/misc/brochures/precinct-committman.shtml
- Other sources: http://bearwitness.info/PRECINCTPROJECT.aspx
Excerpt below from The Precinct Project blog – a good place to start: