We are a group of Democrats who are seeking to reform the “Texas Two Step” process of allocating delegates among the candidates for president. We want the Texas Democratic Party to change its rules for future elections, so that all national pledged delegates are awarded to presidential candidates based only on the results of the popular vote in the primary. In 2008, delegates were chosen through a complicated “Texas Two-Step” process that allocated 126 delegates based on the primary and 67 through the caucus system.
At the Texas Democratic State Convention June 6-7, 2008, we collected signatures from more than 30 percent of the number of delegates to the convention on a resolution calling for an end to the “Texas Two-Step”. When the resolution was brought to the floor of the convention, it was tabled without discussion on a motion by Senator West on the grounds that his committee will be looking into the caucus system.
Look for our booth in the exhibition area of the 2010 Texas Democratic Party in Corpus Christi June 25-26, 2010.
The current system is unfair because it dilutes the voting strength of people who vote in the primary but do not return for the caucuses. Many people can not attend caucuses because of reasons beyond their control, such as their age, their health, or they may have young children, or they may work or attend school in the evenings, or they may be in the military and stationed overseas. Others may just be unaware that to fully support their chosen candidate they have to “vote twice”. Almost 2.9 million people voted in the Democratic primary, but only about one-third of the people who voted in the primary returned for the caucuses. So around 2,000,000 people voted in the primary but did not return for the caucuses.
This proposal would first take effect for the 2012 presidential primary.
Our proposal would not end caucuses. In 2012, there would still be a three tier convention system (precinct, senatorial/county and a state convention) through which the 126 pledged senatorial district delegates will be selected based on the primary results in each senatorial district just as they were in 2008.
The only difference would be that instead of the current 42 “at large” delegates and 25 “pledged party and elected official” delegates that in 2008 are being allocated based on the sign-in at the state convention, those two type of delegates would be allocated in 2012 based on the statewide popular vote in the primary.