Attend the meeting “Reform the TDP Caucus/Primary Process” from 9-11 AM on Friday at the TDP state convention
Are you interested in reforming the Texas Democratic Party’s primary/caucus system? Would you prefer that in future presidential election years all delegates to the national convention are allocated solely based on the results of the popular vote in the primary?
The 2010 Texas Democratic Party State Convention is your chance to change the party rules.
Attend the meeting “Reform the TDP Caucus/Primary Process” from 9-11 AM on Friday at the state convention in Room 225 D-E, American Bank Center.
Under the current Texas Democratic Party primary/caucus system 65 percent of the pledged delegates are apportioned based on the primary results and 35 percent of the pledged delegates are apportioned based on the results of the caucus/convention system.
The current system decreases the voting strength of people who cast a ballot in the primary but who do not or cannot return to caucus at the precinct conventions.
While all eligible voters have an opportunity to vote in the primary by mail or during the early voting period, many people are unable to spend hours on election night attending caucuses to fully support their candidate. People who cannot attend precinct conventions to caucus include members of the U.S. armed forces serving in Afghanistan, Iraq or elsewhere around the world; many people over the age of 65; many parents with young children; many people with disabilities; people who are ill on the day of the precinct convention; anyone traveling away from home on election day, and anyone who must be at work or school at the time of the convention, especially if they are employed in low-wage, jobs without the flexibility to reschedule or unable to afford the missed wages. Other people may just be unaware that to fully support their chosen candidate they have to come back for the caucuses.
A new system with all the pledged delegates allocated based solely on the results of the primary would be fairer and more inclusive.
This proposal for change is coming up from the grassroots of the party because Democrats across the state brought resolutions to their precinct conventions last March proposing changes to the party rules. Many of those resolutions passed precinct conventions and then were approved at multiple senatorial district or county conventions, so they will now be considered by the Rules Committee at the State Convention.
If you are interested in learning more about our proposal to change the primary/caucus system and how you can help us persuade the Party to change the rules, you can attend our issue caucus meeting at the State Convention on Friday, June 25, from 9 -11 AM.
“Reform the TDP Caucus/Primary Process”, Room 225 D-E, American Bank Center, 9-11 AM on Friday at the state convention.
We need volunteers to help us at the State Convention to collect signatures on a petition to change the party rules.
If you can volunteer to help us collect petition signatures, please go to the exhibition hall at the convention center and look for the booth for “Reform the TDP Caucus/Primary Process”. We will have stickers and lots of clipboards, all we need are volunteers to help us collect the signatures.
If you are interested in changing the party rules, we encourage you to run for election to the Rules Committee from your senatorial district. Many reform resolutions were approved at senatorial district or county conventions, so reforming the primary/caucus issue will be considered by the Rules Committee.
If you have questions or you can help us collect signatures on Friday or Saturday, please contact Scott Cobb by email at email@example.com. You can also call Scott at 512 552 4743 or Linda Burgess at 512 529 7235. You can reach them at those cell phone numbers during the convention.
For background information visit our website www.changethecaucus.org.
See you in Corpus Christi!