WE NEED PRECINCT CHAIRS
A precinct is the smallest political subdivision in Texas. Precinct chairs are the officials elected to oversee individual precincts – their responsibility is to engage directly with voters in a small, geographic area. Each party elects a precinct chair in their primary every two years. Precinct Chairs also sit on the County Executive Committee, which conducts the local business of the Party.
PRECINCT CHAIRS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR:
- Organizing their precinct
- Mobilize voters and get them to the polls
- Bridging the gap between voters and elected officials
- Finding election judges for 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
INTERESTED IN SERVING AS A PRECINCT CHAIR?
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HOW TO BECOME A PRECINCT CHAIR
Applicants file for a spot on the Democratic primary ballot. If unopposed, the chair’s name does not appear on the ballot. Once elected, chairs serve a two-year term and represent their precinct on the county executive committee (CEC). The CEC is made up of all precinct chairs and the county party elected officers (county chair, secretary, and Senate district officers). The CEC is the voting body of the county party. CEC meets monthly during election years. Attendance is important.
If a precinct has no chair, it’s considered to be “vacant.” A precinct chair may be appointed to an un-expired term throughout the year. Those appointments must be approved by a vote of the CEC. Precinct chairs are typically sworn in at the CEC meeting immediately following the Democratic Primary. Chairs appointed to fill vacancies or un-expired terms. are usually sworn in at the time of their confirmation by the CEC.
Precinct chair qualifications:
- be 18 or older
- be a registered voter
- reside in that precinct
- have voted in the Democratic primary election in the year in which he or she is elected precinct chair
- precinct chairs can’t be elected officials or candidates for county, state or federal office.
You can find all this on the Texas Democratic Party website in the party rules.
Precinct Chairs are political positions. They are volunteers and are not paid.
Precinct chairs are Party “elected officials.” Your contact information will be posted on the TCDP web site. An important part of being a precinct chair is being accessible and visible as a Democrat in your community.
Please alert TCDP of any changes in your address, phone or e-mail. We are required to provide our precinct chair list to the state party, secretary of state, and county clerk’s office. If you resign or move out of the precinct, please let us know as soon as possible and submit a letter of resignation.
Precinct chairs and election judges are not the same thing. Often, but not always, precinct chairs serve as official presiding judge or alternate judge for their precinct. The representative of the party that gets the most votes in the governor’s race will serve as the presiding judge in that precinct. The other will be the alternate judge. If appointed, the election judge/alternate judge run all the elections in their precinct during the year. The county is in charge of all the elections in an area EXCEPT the primary. The parties are each responsible for their primary, although they contract with the county to provide election equipment and training.
Our website www.traviscountydemocrats.org contains lots of useful information. It is a great way to stay informed on party activities. E-mail blasts can alert you to important events and announcements. Please contact the TCDP office any time if you need help or have any questions.