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Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteering

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How can I get a walk-list?

First, you will need to become a Precinct Committeeperson (PC). To do that, find out which Legislative District you live in and contact the Chair. Tell them you would like to apply to become a PC. Once you become a PC, your Chair (or anyone on the LD Board) can create a walk list for you. If you would like access to the voter file, please speak with your Chair about that application and training process.

I don't like making phone calls or knocking on doors, how else can I get involved?

Check out this page for opportunities.  Donations are always a welcome way to support us.

Political Geography

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What is a Congressional District?

An electoral district which provides its population with representation in the US Congress. Arizona is represented in Congress by nine Congressional Districts. All Congressional representatives are elected every two years.

What is a Legislative District?

An electoral district which provides its population with representation in the Arizona State Legislature. There are thirty Legislative Districts in Arizona. Each district is represented by two State Representatives and one State Senator. All state legislators are elected every two years.

What is a Precinct?

A precinct is the smallest unit into which electoral districts are divided. Also known as a voting district, traditionally a voter’s polling place is found inside their precinct (thought that is no longer the case in counties with different voting systems like vote centers).

What is a County?

A subdivision of the state (Arizona) that provides needed municipal-type services and addresses problems common to the geographic area. The County is run by a Board of Supervisors which, in addition to overseeing the delivery of a host of municipal services (from roads to parks and libraries and law enforcement), is also responsible for approving the county budget and setting the amount of taxes to be levied.

What is a Supervisory District?

An electoral district which provides its population with representation on the County Board of Supervisors. Pima voters are represented on the Board of Supervisors by one of five Supervisors, who are elected to four year terms.

What is a Justice of the Peace Precinct?

A subdivision of the County Justice Court, which is a trial court of limited jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases. There are ten Justice of the Peace (JP) districts in Pima county. Justices of the Peace are elected by voters in their JP district, and serve four-year terms.

What is a City Ward?

The city of Tucson is divided into five wards. Each ward elects a Coucilperson who serves a four-year term.

What is a Schoolboard District?

A county is divided into school boards. Officials elected by voters in the school district to school boards are responsible for guiding the school or district’s budget, approving bills, and establishing spending priorities.

The Role of PCDP

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Does the PCDP take direction from the state or national party?

The PCDP operates separately from the Arizona Democratic Party (ADP). While we sometimes take direction regarding messaging, the PCDP serves as a main hub for political activism in Pima County working to promote the values of the Democratic Party, as outlined in our Platform

How does the PCDP operate?

The Executive Committee (EC) is the governing body of the Pima County Democratic Party. They vote on bylaws, changes to the PCDP platform, and resolutions. It is comprised of the PCDP Board, representatives from the LD Boards, and also PCDP Chair appointees. You can read more about what the EC does here

The PCDP Board is comprised of the Chair, First Vice Chair, Second Vice Chair, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary, and Recording Secretary. They determine PCDP’s strategy, financial oversight, and management of the headquarters office needs. You can read more about each of these roles here

The PCDP Staff, which encompasses building operations, volunteer coordination, social media, the website, data entry, event planning, and fundraiser planning, is managed by the PCDP Director.

When does the PCDP meet?

All Precinct Committeepersons meet at the Pima County Committee Meeting which is held at least once every thirteen months. They may also meet for a Special Session if needed.

The Executive Committe, which is the governing board of the PCDP, meets every first Monday of the month. These meetings are open to the public. Please contact the Chair directly at chair@pimadems.org for more information.

The PCDP Board meets every two weeks. These meetings are not open to the public.

Each Legislative District’s governing body meets monthly on different days and times. Make sure to check out their LD pages for more information!

PCDP Committees meet regularly. If you would like to join a committee, please contact their Chair directly to learn more about how to get involved.

Where does my political donation go when I donate to PCDP?

Unless you are contributing to our capital building fund, 100% of all donations directly goes to support our operations, staff, and voter contact and education programs!

I haven't been getting the PCDP newsletter, how do I sign up for it again?

Please send an email to support@ngpvan.com with the subject line “Resubscribe to Pima County Democrats” In your message, make sure to include your name and say that you want to resubscribe to receive emails from PCDP. If you continue not to receive emails, please email director@pimadems.org.

Can PCDP include content from my organization in their monthly newsletter?

Yes, but only if you submit this form at least one week in advance. Our newsletter goes out on the first Tuesday of every month.

ugh…Spam

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How do these political campaigns get my information like my phone number and name?

Usually campaigns get their information directly from the publically available voter file; when you registered to vote, you likely wrote down your landline or mobile number. However, a campaign may also be targeting you based on data they have purchased from companies that have collected hundreds of data points on you. Unless you use a burner phone and live out in the middle of nowhere and have never subscribed to anything in your life, odds are that campaigns can find your information. We suggest voting early and replying STOP to any unwanted messages you receive.

I'm getting too many phone calls asking for money, how do I make them stop?

The Federal Trade Commission’s National Do Not Call Registry only applies to sales calls, not political calls.

Simply ask the volunteer or staffer on the other end of the line to remove your number, and most campaigns will opt you out of call lists.

I'm getting too many political texts, how do I make them stop?
I'm getting too many political emails, how do I make them stop?

While there’s no federal law prohibiting candidates from sending voters emails, there are ways to opt out of political spam. The next time you receive an email from a politician you don’t remember giving your consent to, try calling the campaign and asking to be removed from its list.

The Pima County Democratic Party can only unsubscribe recipients of Pima County Democratic Party emails. We cannot unsubscribe you from a candidate’s email list, any state or national party list, or any PAC list. Because we did not send it.

Other Groups/Misc

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What is the state coordinated campaign?

A coordinated campaign forms under the umbrella of the state party to elect Democratic candidates up and down the ticket. Candidates will (literally) buy into the coordinated which will help make decisions and run voter turnout efforts for that candidate. By pooling resources, the coordinated campaign can organize a unified strategy, thereby reaching more voters while removing the risk of duplicative efforts. Once bought in, candidates give up complete control of their field program to the coordinated campaign.

The cost to “buy in” to a coordinated campaign varies widely, but in general it is easier for candidates higher up on the ballot to buy in than candidates running for more local offices. The state party relies on larger buy ins in order to pay the staffing costs needed to execute the coordinated program.

This sometimes results in tension between the coordinated campaign and local organizations who do not want to give up their agency regarding strategy for voter outreach, but lack the funds necessary to do the amount of work achieved by the coordinated campaign. Local organizations can feel resentful towards the coordinated campaign, which drains their local resources normally used for local elections, and the coordinated campaign can feel frustrated with local organizations for not immediately jumping on board with their plan to win important elections elsewhere in the state.

In Arizona, the state coordinated campaign is called Mission for Arizona.

I want to get involved!

Here are just some of the groups in Southern Arizona focused on specific aspects of our Democracy.

When can I start putting signs up in my yard?

This is surprisingly complicated, as rules change frequently. Thankfully there is a HOTLINE for questions about political signage, at the Tucson City Planning and Development Dept. 520-791-5550.

I’m a Candidate! (maybe…)

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Can PCDP help me run my campaign?

PCDP CAN send a list of potential volunteers to candidates.

Political parties may not contribute to any candidate other than the party’s nominee. There are no nominees before the primary election in August.
Contributions include in-kind contributions such as material, services, AND coordinating advertising or other communications.
– They do not include independent expenditures—expenditures made to benefit a candidate without the candidate or its committee having input (e.g. A digital ad promoting a candidate with the disclaimer that the ad was not paid for by a candidate or candidate’s committee)
To avoid in-kind contributions committees should either receive payment for the Fair Market Value of an advertisement/communication from the candidate it benefits, or make the expenditure without input from the candidate it benefits.

Contributions do not include volunteering for a committee, nor sending volunteers to a committee.

Contributions do not include posting links on the party’s own social media account, but include paid advertising on social media if coordinated with the candidate.

In addition to the rules concerning contributions—which apply to all candidates prior to the primary—Clean Elections candidate may not pay any money to a political party ever.

What do I need to know?

Try this document to get started.

Call HQ and let them know you are interested in running for office.

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