Oct 08 2011
Filing Deadline for 2014-16 Precinct Chairs – TBA
Basic duties and obligations of precinct chairs
- Organize the precinct to turn out the maximum number of Democratic voters
- As a voting member, attend meetings of the County Executive Committee, usually held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Democratic Party Headquarters, 2809A 74th Street, Lubbock from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- Participate in standing committees of the County Executive Committee
Term of Office and Qualifications – from the Texas Democratic Party
“The precinct chair is a publicly elected party official and is elected by voters in their precinct in the Democratic Primary Election (or in the runoff election, if no candidate gets a majority in the first primary). The term of office for a precinct chair is two years, beginning on the 20th day following the Primary runoff election. The County Executive Committee fills vacancies for unexpired terms.
A precinct chair should be an outgoing, self-motivated person who likes people. To be eligible for the office of precinct chair, an individual must meet these requirements:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Be a qualified voter who has voted in the latest Democratic primary (not counting runoffs) in the voting year
- Be a resident of the precinct from which he or she is seeking election
- Not be a candidate for or holder of an elective office of the federal, state, or county government
- (Optional, but highly desirable) have Internet and e-mail capabilities and basic computer skills
How to File
A qualified individual interested in running for precinct chair must do the following:
- Download a filing form, or obtain one from your county chair or county party secretary
- Complete the application
- Sign the application before a notary public
- Have the form notarized
- Submit the application in the period that begins September 13 and ends at 6:00 PM on December 12
- Check the filing deadline when you pick up your application. The completed, signed, and notarized application may be mailed to the county chair, but it must be received by the filing deadline.
Only contested candidates for Precinct chair appear on the Democratic Primary ballot. Write-in votes for precinct chair are permitted in the primary, whether or not there are other candidates on the ballot, but not in a runoff. Write-in candidates must have filed their write-in candidacies.”