What is a Precinct Chair?
A precinct is the smallest political subdivision in Texas. Texas counties are divided into individual precincts, and it is the responsibility of the Precinct Chair to contact, guide and organize Democratic voters in their respective 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 are Precinct Chairs responsible for?
- Working with others to mobilize and organize voters and get them to the polls
- Representing their precinct on the County Executive Committee
- Bridging the gap between voters and elected officials
- Serves as the contact person for the Democratic Party in their neighborhood
How do I become 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. Since our next primary election is in 2018, Precinct Chairs will be appointed to fill the positions for the remainder of this election cycle.
What are the qualifications to be a Precinct Chair?
You must be a Democrat, 18 years of age or older, a qualified (registered) voter in Bell 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 is a vacancy appointment?
If a precinct has no Chair, it is considered vacant. A qualified candidate may be nominated to fill the seat for the remainder of the term of office. Nominations must be confirmed by a majority vote of the County Executive Committee.
What do Precinct Chairs do?
In addition to serving as voting member of the County Executive Committee, 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. Some organize “block walks” in their area (go door-to-door) to distribute campaign materials or to 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, immediately after the polls close for the Democratic Primary Election.
Precinct Chairs are political positions. They are volunteers and are not paid.