Philadelphia Voter Engagement

The intent of this page is to provide a number of documents, web links and guides so as to provide information to citizens, Philadelphia Committeepeople and those interested in voter registration and voter engagement activities.

Rules of the Democratic Party of the City and County of Philadelphia

Prior to being sworn in as a newly elected Philadelphia Democratic Committeeperson in 2018, I requested and obtained an official copy of the Democratic City Committee bylaws from the Board of Elections. (According to law, county committees – Republican and Democrat – are required to furnish their local election board with updated bylaws when adopted.)

The last updated copy of the Democratic bylaws or Rules is dated March 2014. It was time-stamped March 31, 2014 at the City Commissioners office. See attached copy.

Another version of the 2014 rules, without a cover letter, is available online at the PA Election Transparency Project website, associated with former Philadelphia City Commissioner Stephanie Singer. An older version, thirty-four pages, date and source unknown, is posted at

Precinct Committee Person Handbook

Precinct Committee Person Handbook 2017.2.0 is a publication of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party aka PADems. This version was obtained from their Harrisburg headquarters in June 2018, shortly after becoming a Committeeperson myself. It was shared with fellow 22nd Ward Executive Committee members and other “freshmen” Committeepeople in Philadelphia.

A link to this twenty-seven page handbook was previously included in a June 19, 2018 blog article, “From Resister To Philadelphia Democratic Committee Person”.

Websites For Philadelphia Committeepeople

First published online in June 2018, WebsitesForPhiladelphiaCommitteepeople, is a collection of two dozen website links intended for the use of Democratic Committeepeople. It was created because approximately half of all the Democratic Committeepeople elected in the 2018 Primary Election were brand new .

There are links to online voter registration, paper voter registration forms, checking registration status, list of elected officials, ward leaders, elected Committeepeople, Democratic Party organization websites, and a number of community programs.

Send your comments or suggestions for additional links using the Contact Form.

Last updated: September 11, 2021

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