TCDP’s June CEC meeting.
Are you ready to take the next step in organizing your neighborhood and help turn your precinct blue? Then you should become a Precinct Chair in your Neighborhood!
WHAT IS A PRECINCT CHAIR?
A precinct is the smallest political subdivision in Texas. Texas counties are divided into individual precincts that share communities of interest and most political districts. It is the responsibility of the Precinct Chair to contact, guide and organize Democratic voters in their precinct. Precinct Chairs also sit on the County Executive Committee, which conducts the local business of the Party. The duties and responsibilities of Precinct Chairs provide fundamental services to party effectiveness.
What is the CEC?
The County Executive Committee is the governing body of the Democratic Party in Travis County and conducts all official party business. The CEC meets on the last Wednesday of every month, currently at the Coordinated Campaign Headquarters on 1910 E. MLK Jr. BLVD. Social hour starts at 5:30PM and the business meeting starts at 6:30PM.
How do you get to be a Precinct Chair?
Qualified candidates are elected every two years to serve a two-year term by voters in their precinct in the Democratic Primary Election. Qualifications are set by the Texas Democratic Party rules. Vacancies can be filled by filling out the application and a majority vote of the CEC.
What are the qualifications needed to be a Precinct Chair?
You must be a Democrat, 18 years of age or older, a registered voter in Travis County, reside in the precinct you wish to represent, and vote in the Democratic Primary election. Precinct Chairs cannot be a candidate for nor holder of elected office of the federal, state or local government.
What do Precinct Chairs do?
In addition to serving as voting member of the CEC, Precinct Chairs are the contact person for the Democratic Party in their neighborhood. They should be familiar with other Democrats in the area and promote Democratic candidates and events whenever possible. Chairs take active roles in campaigns and GOTV, some organize “block walks” in their area (go door to door) to distribute campaign materials and encourage their neighbors to vote in upcoming elections.
If available, Precinct chairs are asked to serve as election judges to conduct the Democratic Primary in their precinct and convene their precinct conventions.
Chairs are responsible for:
- Organizing their precinct
- Motivating and mobilizing voters and get them to the polls
- Registering neighbors and friends to vote
- Bridging the gap between voters and elected officials
- Assisting in recruiting election judges for Primary and General elections
- Plugging volunteers into county-wide efforts and local campaigns
- Organizing and conducting the precinct convention
- Encouraging primary voters to attend precinct conventions
- Serving on the County Executive Committee
- Serving on County Executive Sub-Committees
Check out the list of Precinct Chairs to find the chair in your neighborhood to join their team! If your precinct is vacant and you are interested please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-477-7500 and join us today!