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A precinct is generally the lowest-level minor civil division in the United States. Precincts usually do not have have separate governmental authorities, but for purposes of conducting elections, the next highest-level MCD, such as a county, township, etc., is subdivided into precincts and each address is assigned to a specific precinct. Each precinct has a specific location where its residents go to vote. Sometimes several precincts will use the same polling station.
Political parties often designate individuals, known by various titles such as "precinct captain" or "Precinct Committee Officer", to help them keep track of how the voters in a precinct feel about candidates and issues, and to encourage people to vote.
Precinct data is not widely available. Data on your precinct can be found by contacting your county's election board.
For law enforcement usage, see police station.
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