Become a Precinct Chair!
Thank you for your interest in serving the Bexar County Democratic Party. We need volunteers working throughout the county to help get Democrats elected. Among our most important volunteers are precinct chairs and precinct coordinators.

What is a precinct chair?

The precinct chair is a publicly elected party official representing a voting precinct. The precinct chair is elected by the Democratic voters in that precinct in the primary and serves a two-year term. The precinct chair is the "go-to person" for all Democratic precinct activity. An active, effective precinct chair makes an enormous difference in the success of the Party and our candidates.


What are the duties and responsibilities of a precinct chair?
Among the official and unofficial duties and responsibilities of the precinct chair are:
  • Be a standing member of the County Executive Committee
  • Represent the precinct by attending every County Executive Committee meeting
  • Understand the Texas Democratic Party Rules and the Texas Election Code
  • If the county chair fails to call a County Executive Committee meeting, join with other precinct chairs in calling the meeting
  • Organize the precinct and get to know the people in the precinct
  • Bridge the gap between voters and elected officials
  • Help find judges, alternate judges, and election clerks
  • Encourage primary voters to attend the precinct convention
  • Place signs at the primary polling place indicating the location of the precinct convention
  • Organize and conduct the precinct convention
  • Get people to do the following volunteer jobs:
    • Work the precinct polling place on Election Day
    • Pass out literature
    • Report pertinent information back to the Democratic party headquarters and Democratic campaigns
    • Dress the polling place with campaign signs on Election Day
  • Get our voters to the polls
  • Other duties as needed, as this list is not comprehensive
What is a precinct coordinator?
In precincts that do not have a precinct chair, the precinct coordinator is a volunteer who organizes to turn out the vote, as the precinct chair would do. But the precinct coordinator does not serve on the County Executive Committee and does not have an official role in the precinct convention (though the precinct convention may choose him or her to preside over that convention). Many times, precinct coordinators apply to become appointed as precinct chair in vacant precincts. But if you do not wish to serve on the County Executive Committee, the Democratic Party can still use your help as precinct coordinator. Also, you are welcome and encouraged to join standing committees of the Bexar County Democratic Party.
What are the qualifications for a precinct chair?
A precinct chair should be an outgoing, self-motivated person who likes people. To be eligible as precinct chair, you must:
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be registered to vote in Bexar County
  • Currently reside in the precinct
  • Not be an elected official in federal, state, or county government, or a candidate for such office (Local government officials and candidates are eligible.)
  • For late applicants seeking appointment in even-numbered years, you must have voted in the Democratic primary (not including the primary runoff), or else taken an oath of affiliation with the Democratic Party (If you voted in another party's primary or took part in another party's convention, you are ineligible until the next calendar year.)
  • The qualifications listed above are required by the Texas Election Code. It is also desirable that precinct chairs have internet and e-mail capabilities and basic computer skills.

How can I become a precinct chair?

Precinct chairs are elected in the Democratic Primary in even-numbered years.  The filing period ended on December 9, 2013 for the next term, which begins on Monday, June 16, 2014. If no one filed in your precinct, you may apply for the unexpired 2014-2016 term. You can check here to see whether your precinct will have a precinct chair at the beginning of the term:
Precinct Chair Roster  We cannot accept your application if there is no vacancy in your precinct.
 
The application is available online at Application for Precinct Chair for 2014 sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/pol-sub/2-1f.pdf. Your application should indicate that it is for the UNEXPIRED TERM. Please also write “2014-2016” next to “unexpired.”  Notarization of late applications is encouraged but not required. Late applications should be submitted to the Precinct Recruitment and Training Committee (PRTC), either in person at the BCDP headquarters, 3000 West IH-10, or by mail to BCDP, PO Box 12534, SA, TX 78212. - MAP TO PARTY HQ 

Vacancies are filled by the County Executive Committee (CEC, the committee of all precinct chairs) when there is a business quorum, 25% of its membership. 

As specified in the Continuing Rules of the Bexar County Democratic Party, the PRTC reviews applications for statutory eligibility using the criteria listed above. The PRTC also makes recommendations to the CEC as to which applicants the PRTC feels should be appointed to fill vacancies. The criteria for recommendation include voting history in the most recent Democratic primary election, willingness to work in the precinct, willingness to attend CEC meetings, and for those who previously served as precinct chair, actual attendance at CEC meetings during their period of service. Applicants are encouraged to submit a questionnaire to the PRTC. View & Print the questionnairehttp://bexardemocrats.org/webdocs/precinct-chair-applicant-questionnaire.pdf The questionnaire can be turned in at, or mailed to, the party office, or scanned and sent by e-mail to the committee co-chair at txpianoforte@yahoo.com

Please note that there are no right or wrong answers to questions posed in the questionnaire, and that the PRTC does not have any authority as to who becomes a precinct chair. Whether you become a precinct chair is determined by the CEC if you seek appointment during an unexpired term. 

If you have not yet received or do not seek the recommendation of the PRTC, you will still have the opportunity to be appointed by the CEC, provided that you are eligible. After the vote on recommended applicants, the PRTC will present a list of all remaining eligible applicants, and give each an opportunity to introduce themselves to the CEC prior to a vote on their appointment. In this case it is important that you be present at the CEC meeting.
If your precinct is also vacant in the current 2012-2014 term, you may apply to fill the vacancy using the same application form and questionnaire.  Write “2012-2014” next to “unexpired.”  If you are applying for both terms, a second questionnaire is not needed.

 

 

 
 
How can I become a precinct coordinator?
Precinct coordinators can be appointed by the County Executive Committee or by the Precinct Recruitment and Training Committee. "Precinct coordinator" is not an office specified by the Rules of the Texas Democratic Party or the Texas Election Code, but it is nevertheless an important responsibility. Our Democratic candidates depend on having a large network of volunteers working to turn out the vote, whether or not they are precinct chairs.
How can I get more information?
Please refer questions to Mark Camann, co-chair of the Precinct Recruitment and Training Committee,
512-698-5477, txpianoforte@yahoo.com.
 



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