The old political saw that "all politics is local" (attributed to former Speaker of the U.S. House Thomas "Tip" O'Neill, Jr.) points to the importance of local issues and organization for political success. Political parties that do not have effective local organization risk being cut off from the electorate and losing elections.
The precinct is the smallest administrative political unit, composed of anywhere from 50 to 3000 registered voters. Organizing a precinct involves grassroots, person-to-person, face-to-face contact. Party members working at the precinct level connect the district and state-level party organizations to the membership, and connect the individual members to each other.
The first step to organizing your precinct is contacting and getting to know your precinct chairman. Your county party will have his or her contact information. If you don't have a precinct chairman, you might consider running for this position yourself. Your county party can also tell you how to run for that elected office. This chapter's feature on Organizing Your Precinct provides tips on precinct organizing.