Attend Your Precinct Convention on March 2, 2010 and Bring a Resolution to “Change the Caucus”

February 13, 2010 by  
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On March 2, 2010, the Texas Democratic Party will hold precinct conventions across Texas in. Your precinct convention will take place at the same place where your precinct votes throughout the day on March 2. Check with your local Democratic Party to find out where your voting location is. The precinct conventions will be held 15 minutes after the polls close on March 2, so at 7:15 PM.

Please take a resolution to your precinct convention calling for a change to the primary/caucus system in future presidential election years so that all pledged delegates are allocated based on the results in the primary, instead of allocating 65 percent on the primary results and 35 percent on the caucus results at the precinct conventions. All voters should count equally in the process to choose the Democratic presidential nominee. Many people are unable to return to attend precinct conventions on election night, but they are able to vote earlier in the day, by mail or during the early voting period.

Help us protect the voting participation rights of Democrats who have a right to have their votes fully counted regardless of whether they are able to return to participate in the caucus system, including many elderly voters who can not drive after dark or have health reasons that prevent them from attending the caucuses, parents with young children who can not arrange child care, people who work late and do not want to ask off, people serving our country in the military, and others, who for reasons beyond their control are unable to return to attend the precinct conventions.

We should not penalize the voters who can not attend a precinct convention by giving them only 2/3s of a vote. ALL Voters should be treated and listened to equally.

We are drafting a resolution that you can take to your precinct conventions and will post it soon. Or you can draft your own. Check back soon to download our resolution.

The Texas Democratic Party is conducting a survey of Democrats in Texas regarding the primary/caucus system. You can fill out the survey on the TDP website by clicking the image above. Some people filled out the survey at the State Convention in June, but you can still fill it out online by going to www.txdemocrats.org/page/s/primsurv.

The survey includes the item, “

The best answer for that question is ‘none”.

Comments

4 Responses to “Attend Your Precinct Convention on March 2, 2010 and Bring a Resolution to “Change the Caucus””

  1. Pam Durham on February 17th, 2010 10:26 pm

    What kind of numbers will it take to get a vote on the floor of the State Convention?

  2. End the Texas Two Step on February 18th, 2010 12:30 am

    The first step is to take a resolution to your precinct convention and try to get it passed there. Then, at the senatorial district convention, you will need to get a majority of the Resolutions Committee to vote for it in order to get it voted on by the whole senatorial district convention.

    At the state convention, there are two ways it could get to the floor for a vote. Resolutions having to do with Party rules, go to the Rules Committee, so if the rules committee approves it, then it will be part of the proposed rule changes that go to the floor for approval. It can also reach the floor through a minority report of the Rules Committee. It requires I think 20 percent of the Rules Committee to vote for a minority report.

    We can also get it to the floor for a vote by getting 30 percent of the total number of delegates to sign a petition for it, like we did in 2008 before it got tabled.

  3. Barbara Rosenberg on February 28th, 2010 5:10 pm

    Here is a draft of a resolution:

    Resolution to Select All National Delegates Based on
    Presidential Primary Results

    Whereas, it is a Democratic Party principle that each Democratic voter’s vote should have equal weight;

    And the presidential selection caucus system makes some Democratic voters’ votes more important than others;

    Whereas, it is a Democratic Party principle that all Democrats should have easy access to the ballot;

    And the presidential caucus is unavailable to many Democratic voters because of the weekday evening hour when they work, have small children, are disabled, are homebound, in the military or out of county;

    Whereas, Democratic voters are allowed to cast their primary vote over several weeks of early voting to accommodate varied working and travel schedules as well as the needs of those over the age of 65 and the disabled;

    And the caucus vote is at only one hour on one day;

    Therefore, be it resolved that the Democrats of precinct ___ in the ____Senatorial District call on the Democratic Party to institute true democracy in the presidential primary process by abolishing the hybrid allocation of presidential delegates by primary and caucus results and instituting a delegate selection process based solely on the presidential primary results.

    Passed by the caucus in Precinct ____Senate District _____ on March 2, 2010.

    _______________________
    Caucus Chair

    _______________________
    Caucus Secretary

  4. Art on February 28th, 2010 6:28 pm

    hey- can u post the pct conv resolution for this tuesday?? u said in the post it is to be posted- well we have like a day now. thanks!
    art in tx

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