How to run for
Ohio in 2010
(Below are the rules for how to run for Precinct Committeeman in Ohio in 2010. Go to www.theprecinctproject.wordpress.com and check whether these rules are posted for your state in the right hand column, near the bottom of the home page. If not, you can help the cause of freedom by preparing a guide for how to run for precinct in your state which covers the points explained below. Then send it to firstname.lastname@example.org -- thanks in advance for anyone who can help. You can get this information by calling your secretary of state and/or your county party headquarters. Please double check all information if possible. Some party leaders have been known to give out incomplete or false information, as many incumbents don't want the public to find out about these things, -- for the precinct executives as a body have the power to "hire and fire" the party leaders in each county.)
1. The deadline
for filing for Precinct Executive (or captain or committeeman) is
4 PM, Wednesday, February 18, 2010.
2. You can pick up your filing position for Precinct Executive at your county Board of Elections. If you are leading or educating a number of people on how to run for precinct executive, you are allowed to make copies and pass the copies out to others to use as their filing petition. (There is a front and a back, and it is best to go to Kinkos or another copy place that has TWO-SIDED copying, so you are sure you make an EXACT COPY of the original petition you are given.) In fact, the Board of Election encourages citizens to make copies of these Precinct Executive filing petitions.
3. Get a walking list of your precinct. This may cost two dollars or so. It gives you a list of all the voters in your precinct by street and address. It is made so that you can walk down the right side of the street, and then the left side of the street, and the addresses will be in order as you walk down each side of the street. That is why it is called a walking list. The walking list not only gives you the voters, but whether they are registered Democratic, Republican, or independent. You have to know the affiliation of the voter before you get his or her signature.
4. You need five valid signatures from voters in your precinct – but – note well – in Ohio those voters must be either registered Republicans or registered independents if you are running for precinct executive in the Republican Party. (If you are running for precinct executive in the Democratic party then you would have to get five valid signatures of registered democrats or registered independents; that’s the law in Ohio.) Put another way for emphasis: if you as a Republican precinct candidate get a signature from a person who is shown to be a registered Democrat on your walking list – then that signature is automatically invalid. You must get five VALID signatures, and that means the signatures must be those of registered Republicans or registered independents if you are running in the Republican Party. It is a good idea to get 7 or 8 or 10 valid signatures just to be safe.
5. Be sure to fill out your petition very carefully and exactly according to the instructions. Be sure to sign your petition where it says to sign it. You should sign the petition AFTER you get the signatures – this attests to the fact that you witnessed each voter sign the petition.
6. Turn your precinct petition into your county Board of Elections by 4 PM, Wednesday, February 18, 2010. Do not wait until the last minute – if you are 10 seconds late getting your petition in, then you can be disqualified. Try to turn your petition in at least as early as the day before, or in the morning or EARLY afternoon of the day of the deadline.
7. If you have at least 5 valid signatures on your petition, you are now on the ballot for precinct executive in your neighborhood precinct for the primary election in the May 4th, 2010 Primary in Ohio.
8. You have the option to campaign at your local voting place – which is where you and all the other voters in your precinct vote. This is the only election (the precinct election at the primary) where you can greet every voter if you or one of your supporters stands there all day as the voters enter. Campaigning is optional – but highly encouraged if you are opposed by another candidate. If you are unopposed (and there are no write-in candidates on the ballot) then you can win by simply voting for yourself on election day.
9. If you miss the February 18th deadline, then you have another 30 days to go down to the Board of Elections and sign a “write in” petition. This puts you in the race for precinct executive, but NOT on the ballot. If your precinct is vacant in your party, and no one is on the ballot, then you can become the precinct executive by simply going to vote and using the write-in ballot to write-in your own name on primary election day. If you are running as a write-in candidate against another candidate who is on the ballot, then you can still win if you get more people to write in your name than people who vote for him. There have been cases where the write in candidate defeats the person on the ballot, but it takes effort. Some write in candidates pass out a little pencil to each voter attached to a sheet saying something like, “Ask for the write-in ballot and vote for Sarah Jones.”
10. If you are elected to the precinct executive position in your neighborhood precinct, you now have the right to go to the county party organizational meeting, which will be held about one month later, and vote for the leaders of your county party for the next two years (sometimes four years). This is the reason we are running for precinct executive in the first place, because at the county party organizational meeting you have a chance to influence the future of your county, your state, and your country. The Party has to notify you by mail regarding when and where this county party organizational meeting is held, but it is also a good idea to double check and verify all information about this meeting from other members of your party in your county. In Ohio, the county party organizational meeting must be called within ten days of when the election results are certified in your county.