Elected PCO Candidate Filing Deadline is 4:00 pm Today!

May 20, 2016

Today at 4:00 pm is the filing deadline to declare your candidacy for elected Democratic Precinct Committee Officer (PCO).

Here's how to file, in seven easy steps:

  1. Go to the Online Candidate Filing webpage for Spokane County.
  2. Click on the link “Online filing is currently open.”
  3. Enter your first name, last name, and date of birth, then click “continue.”
  4. Enter your contact information. You may wish to create a new email address if you don't want to mix personal email with political email.  Click “continue.”
  5. On the “Office Information” page, use the pull down menu in “district type” to select "PCO." Under “district” your precinct number should auto-populate. Select it. Then for “office” choose “Precinct Committee Officer – Democratic.” Finally, enter your name the way you’d like to see it on the ballot. If your legal name is "George Smith" but you're known as "Jack", then enter "George (Jack) Smith." Click “continue.”
  6. Follow the rest of the instructions, it's easy from here. 
  7. There’s no filing fee --- and once you’ve declared your candidacy there’s no further paperwork --- no picture or statement for the County Voter’s Guide and there should be no Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) filing.

If you're involved in a contested race (e.g., you have an opponent), you'll be on the August 2 primary ballot! Elected PCO candidates in contested races in the 3rd LD will be provided with voter information about a month before the August primary to help them campaign.

If your race is uncontested, you won't appear on the ballot and you'll be given a certificate of election by the County Elections Office at some point in time.

The term of office for newly elected PCOs starts on or about December 1, 2016 and continues for two years.

Your first official act as an elected PCO will be to participate in reorganization meetings for your legislative district and county party organizations. Those meetings will occur in December 2016 or January 2017 --- you'll be notified by mail or email of the meeting date and time.

In the meantime, you can participate as an appointed PCO if there is not currently a PCO in your precinct.