♠ Now that the ILLINOIS state convention is over many are wondering what to do next. For those that need a plan, I've made one.Submitted by sovereignjanice on Sun, 06/10/2012 - 18:37
The next step for most of us now that the Illinois State Convention is over can be one of two things:
1) Become a Republican Precinct Committeeman or 2) Help others become Precinct Committeemen (We all have different callings in life, and it's up to each of us to determine what those are. There's nothing wrong about being a person who is the driving force behind getting another Liberty candidate to become a Precinct Committeeman when you can't be one yourself. Be proud of what you CAN do.)
As a Precinct Committeeman/woman you can take a leadership role in advancing and informing others of the principles of Austrian economics, fiscal responsibility, civil liberties, strong national defense (not the military industrial complex), and actually be an “insider” helping others from being shut out.
A Precinct Committeeman represents the Republican Party’s voters of his or her Precinct on the County Central Committee. Precinct Committeemen also elect the Republican County Chairman (in all counties outside of Cook). Were you screwed over by your chairman? Did he or she deny you the opportunity to become a delegate? Well you can one up them by becoming a committeeman or if you think you rubbed him or her the wrong way too much at the convention, you can be the driving force behind getting another Paul person in that seat. PRECINCT COMMITTEEMEN VOTE THEIR CHAIRMEN IN AND OUT!!!!
This is an all-volunteer position. It’s a party post, as opposed to a public one.
A Precinct Committeeman’s job is to deliver the maximum number of Republican votes in his or her Precinct on Election Day. Precinct Committeemen represent the core of any Liberty grassroots effort. In all counties other than Cook, Precinct Committeemen are elected to a two-year term in all even-year Primary Elections.
MEET THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS
1. Must be a United States citizen.
2. Must be at least 18 years of age.
3. Registered voter of the precinct.
a) IF THE SEAT IS VACANT
1. Find out if there is a vacancy here: http://www.elections.il.gov/downloads/electioninformation/pd... (things change all the time, so if you or I find something more updated, please put it in the comments section)
2. The general rule is that if there is a vacant seat at Precinct Committeeman then the chairman has the authority to appoint you automatically until the next election. (This is the easiest way unless you feel your chairman is so anti-Paul that you'll have no chance of getting them to sign anything for you)
3. Find your county contact info here: http://www.weareillinois.org/learn/counties.aspx If your county has a link to it's own website, click on it and see if they have any information on your specific township. For example, Kane county's website: kanegop.com and click on “organizations”, it will list the different townships. Find yours and see what info it has. With Kane County they have the actual form needed for your chairman to sign to appoint you as a committeeman (http://www.kanegop.org/downloads/Committeeman_Appointment.pdf). You will need your chairman to sign of on it.
4. If you can't find what you're looking for, email email@example.com or contact your local county GOP office and ask how to become a Precinct Committeeman. As was the same when trying to become a delegate, don't let on that you support Paul. I won't tell you what to do, but for me personally, I have no trouble lying to those who would disenfranchise me.
b)GET ON THE BALLOT
1. Packets can also be picked up either at the Illinois State Board of Election's Springfield or Chicago office. Your County Clerks Office will also offer packets. Petition Packets are available approximately one month prior to the first day to circulate Petitions. You can also download the Petition Packet from the Illinois State Board of Election's website.
2. Circulate Nominating Petitions.
3. Meet the Signature Requirements. Nominating Petitions must contain the valid signatures of d. minimum of 10 primary electors of the Republican Party. (TIPS: I'm being COMPLETELY serious when saying that bringing your child with you door to door to collect signatures is the way to go. People find it very difficult to say no to a kid.
4. File Nominating Papers:
PETITIONS (precinct),STATEMENT OF CANDIDACY, LOYALTY OATH
The following documents must be completed and filed with the office of the County Clerk. Be sure to find out the deadlines for filing. For your convenience you can view and print these documents by going to the following links.
STATEMENT OF CANDIDACY (http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/pd...)
NOMINATING PETITIONS (http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/pd...)
LOYALTY OATH (http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/pd...)
2012 CANDIDATES GUIDE (http://www.elections.il.gov/DocDisplay.aspx?Doc=Downloads/El...)
STEP THREE: CAMPAIGN
A campaign for Precinct Committeeman often won’t require a great deal of campaigning, at least relative to many public offices encompassing larger districts. However, it’s never too early to start running effective campaigns. While Precinct Committeemen races are small, they offer an excellent way to get started in politics. Many top public officials will tell you they cut their teeth in politics as a Precinct Committeeman. Some even remain Precinct Committeemen as they seek other posts in public office.
The key element to any campaign is to develop a strategy that connects you with as many potential voters as possible.
**Always start with your Paul contacts. Ask around, go to the meetup groups. Find them here: https://www.google.com/#hl=en&safe=off&sclient=psy-ab&q=ron+...
To build loyalties outside of the Liberty community, get a list of registered voters in your precinct. Voter data is available from the Illinois State Board of Elections.
Contact every Republican voter in your precinct and let them know about your commitment to increasing voter registration and turnout in your Precinct, as well as helping Republican candidates running for public office.
Take advantage of community and neighborhood events as a way to reach-out and get to know the voters in your precinct. You will likely find some friends and neighbors who never considered voting Republican before will consider doing so now, thanks to your involvement. That’s what this position is all about.
This kind of stuff is new to all of us. If you have any advice, can offer any help, or want to point out anything I got wrong, PLEASE don't hesitate to contact me through my profile and/or leave a comment below. This is an ongoing thread that will be updated as time goes on. It may be good to bookmark it.
(I did my best to get as many people as possible to become delegates. I'm sorry my results weren't better. However, if you think our convention being over means I'm just waiting until Tampa then you don't know me and you DEFINITELY didn't meet my son at the convention!)
In case you know someone interested, there is a 22nd Ward Committeeman Vacancy
Precinct Committeeman for ARIZONA: WWW.BECOMEAPC.COM