WHAT IS A PRECINCT CAPTAIN?
A precinct is the smallest level of government organization, usually designated by people who are all assigned to vote in the same place on Election Day. There are usually around 500 people, on average, in a precinct. There are over 100 precincts in the six cities of North Fulton County.
A precinct captain is responsible for managing the network of volunteers in his or her precinct.
IF I VOLUNTEER, WHAT WILL I BE ASKED TO DO?
Nothing outside of your comfort level or available time commitment! Here is a range of things that precinct volunteers do. We recommend that you start with one or two tasks, and grow from there, especially as new volunteers and helpers get involved:
- Get to know your precinct: Which institutional or geographical boundaries define your precinct into logical, workable areas? How many people are needed to cover your neighborhood(s)? How much are you able to do?
- Get to know your neighbors: We know which ones are Democrats! You are not alone; you’ll make new friends! We have information to help you determine how people tend to vote. You’ll talk to them and find out what issues matter to them.
- Get people involved: Knock doors and make phone calls to start conversations, write postcards and send emails (for issues, for candidates, for voting reminders) to keep people engaged in the political process.
- Get voters educated: Tell people about upcoming elections, the importance of voting in every election, who is running, what candidate- or party-sponsored events are happening in your area. Host events for candidates or just to introduce neighbors to neighbors!
- Help with voter registration and updates, help with absentee/early voting info, and REMIND PEOPLE TO VOTE.
BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO ANY OF THOSE THINGS. CAN YOU TEACH ME?
YES! SCOPE is organized like a pyramid. The Field Organizer works with city coordinators, who share information and plan events and projects with precinct captains, who organize and activate neighborhood and street captains. And if you ever have a question, there’s someone in the network who has the answer! The important thing to remember is that successful organizing depends on the grassroots. It takes a BIG village of volunteers all doing a part, so many hands make easy work.
We also offer training in voter registrations, door knocking and phone calling (aka canvassing/phone banking), absentee voting, social media use, etc.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT PRECINCT I’M IN?
Log into your My Voter Page and your precinct will be displayed in the top right quadrant. It will consist of two letters (your city) and two numbers (your precinct number). This is also where you’ll see your district representatives for state and federal office.