Become a Precinct Captain
Help us flip Florida Blue!
Maybe you like to organize, or to lead, or to hold house parties. Maybe you want to make a real difference in the next election. This is your opportunity to get to know your Democratic neighbors and visit the homes near you. As a Precinct Captain, you are the person helping to organize volunteers in your neighborhood and bring in the vote. Never done this before? We can train you. You can also do it with a friend or your spouse or with another member of the DEC.
How to become Precinct Captain
Precinct Captains are elected by the County Party and are voting members of the Democratic Executive Committee. They are responsible for the voters in the precinct where they reside and helping to bring in more Democratic votes. One man and one woman each are generally elected to a precinct. Large precincts have multiple captains. To fill a position, the candidate completes an application after attending two consecutive Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) meetings and is elected on the third meeting. Members commit to attend all monthly meetings and work their precincts.
Additional positions are available for at large members if a candidate lives in a precinct that already has a committeeman and woman.
Associate Membership – Block Captains
Block Captains work with the Precinct Captain of their area volunteering in their own neighborhoods. They may also participate in other ways, such as providing a specific expertise to the DEC. Associate members participate in all DEC activities, committees and events but do not have voting privileges and do not have attendance commitments.
Role of Precinct Captains and Associates
1) Be a resource to the Democratic voters in your neighborhood before and during elections
• Know your precinct boundaries
• Know your elected officials
• Know your polling locations, election dates and deadlines
2) Democrat outreach
• Record changes in voter contact information to keep the VAN database up to date
• Support voter registration and Vote by mail (VBM) applications
• Follow up during different stages of an election (return VBM, Early voting, Get out the vote)
3) Work in coordination with the county party and campaigns
• Volunteer to work with the candidate campaigns
• Attend club and DEC meetings
• Participate and support local Democratic events
• Volunteer your time and talents to the DEC operation
• Join committees and take on leadership positions
There are five District Chairs representing each of the five County Commission districts. These positions organize and lead the Precinct Captains in their district. This position serves on the Mobilization Task Team and the Executive Steering Committee.