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Understanding Precinct and County Political Conventions
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 • Posted February 23, 2010

Are you tired of politics and tired of hearing about politics? Then, you should plan to attend your party’s precinct convention and be a part of the political process rather than only a disgruntled citizen. As I am the Republican County Chair, I can only tell you specifics about Republican meetings; however, I am certain that the notice of the Democrat precinct meetings will be posted at the polls on March, 2nd.

What is a precinct convention? A precinct convention is the beginning of politics. It is a meeting for voters, who voted in a their party’s primary election, to meet and elect delegates and alternates to the county convention and to pass resolutions to begin the process of setting policy for the platform of the Party.

The precinct conventions are usually held at your precinct polling location immediately after the polls have closed. The Republican precinct conventions will be held at 7:00 PM on March 2, 2010 at your polling location after all voters have voted. The precinct chairman (if there is one) is designated Temporary Chairman of the precinct convention.

If there is no precinct chair, any voter may convene the meeting. Then a permanent chair is elected. Only primary voters may participate and vote. The Republican Party provides an agenda for the permanent chair to follow. The precinct convention must follow the Texas election laws, the rules of the Party, and parliamentary procedure as specified in Roberts Rules of Order. The agenda will include the number of delegates and alternates (based on 2006 primary voting) that each precinct can send to the County Convention. Look at your polling location for the precinct convention information sign.

Delegates and alternates not on the list at the close of the Republican precinct conventions cannot be added at a later date. You do not have to attend the Republican precinct convention to have your name placed on the list to be elected as a delegate or alternate.

If you cannot attend the precinct convention, ask someone who will attend to nominate you as a delegate or alternate to the County Convention. Both delegates and alternates attend the convention and alternates replace delegates who are later unable to attend.

What is a County Convention? Blanco County is completely located within one U.S. Senatorial District; therefore, we have a County Convention. County’s that are split between two or more Senatorial Districts have what is called a Senate District Convention. The Blanco County Republican Convention is held to elect 6 delegates and 6 alternates to attend the Texas Republican Convention and to pass resolutions to begin the process of setting policy for the Texas Republican platform that will contribute to the National Republican Party platform.

Both delegates and alternates elected at the precinct conventions will attend the county convention. The Blanco County Republican Convention is Saturday, March 20, 2010 at the Pedernales Electric Coop Auditorium in Johnson City. The convention will begin at 10:00 AM.

The 6 delegates and 6 alternates elected at the county convention will represent Blanco County at the State Convention. The Republican State Convention is Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12 at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

As a delegate or alternate you are responsible for paying all of the costs required to attend the convention, including facility fees, hotel, and meals. It is from this state convention that delegates are selected to attend the Republican National Convention. I encourage each of you whether Republican or Democrat to look for the notice of the precinct convention at your polling location and plan to attend. Become part of the solution to the political problems that you hear and talk about.

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