Regardless of how top-heavy it may seem, the North Carolina Democratic Party is structured from the ground up. Voting precincts are apportioned by population, and there are several thousand scattered across the state. Your precinct is named (and coded) on your voter registration card, and it can also be found by doing a NCSBE Voter Search (Even if you already know this information, you should periodically do the online search, just to make sure your registration is still active).
As referenced in the title, a precinct must have at least five (5) members to be considered "organized." If you have never taken part, that qualification may seem easily achieved. It is not. It takes communication and coordination, and sometimes desperation, just to get that many folks from each precinct to the organization meeting. And it's not uncommon for several precincts in a county to fall short, leaving a whole lot of Democrats with no (official) vote in how the Party operates. From the NCDP Plan Of Organization:
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