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September 27, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Why hold precinct committee officer elections

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PCO elections give power to neighborhoods

Your editorial calling for elimination of public PCO elections is deeply disturbing. [“Keep PCO races off ballot,” Opinion, Sept. 26.]

PCO elections are the best ways to get neighborhoods involved in the political process. You point out that “In 66 percent of the 13,517 PCO elections statewide (half for Republican offices and half for Democratic), no one filed.” Using that logic, if only 25 percent of citizens vote in a particular election, maybe we should eliminate elections.

The parties need to work harder to involve neighborhoods and recruit PCOs. To answer your charge that PCO elections put a burden on the taxpayer, I would answer that Democracy is not cheap. The Obama campaign and the tea-party movement are examples of grass-roots politics.

To get rid of PCO elections would take power out of the neighborhoods and into the hands of corporations.

— Mike Barer, Maple Valley

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If the parties want the PCOs on the ballot then they should foot the bill for it. I have personally never known or had contact with a PCO of any...  Posted on September 28, 2011 at 1:05 PM by JimmyTheGeek. Jump to comment
Precincts committees might have served a purpose in the days before radio. Today's instant world wide news relegates precincts to an old-boy...  Posted on September 28, 2011 at 5:28 AM by 60sCynic. Jump to comment
This argument would be much more compelling if it could point to a public benefit of such elections. Unfortunately the elections are an integral...  Posted on September 27, 2011 at 5:52 PM by Plato_. Jump to comment

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