Friday, February 12, 2010

Democratic Primary Election - March 2010

In the March 2010 primaries Texas voters will choose which candidates will represent their respective political party in the November general elections. Texas is somewhat unique in that the Democratic and Republican political party organizations in each county are in charge of running their own primary elections with funding from the Texas Secretary of State.

State of Texas residents vote in what is known as an open primary. This means that as long as a qualified Texas resident registers to vote at least 30 days prior to the date of the primary election day, that person will be allowed to vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary election. The voter is then affiliated with the party they select for the primary and restricted from participating in events of other political parties for the remainder of the primary year.
Texas does not register by party, rather one becomes “affiliated” with a party by voting in the party’s primary election. That affiliation then lasts for that entire primary year. As an example, if a person voted in the March 2008 Democratic Primary or April 2008 Democratic Primary runoff, that person's affiliation with the Democratic party did not expire until December 31, 2008.
The affiliation means that the person may not vote in another party’s primary or primary runoff, or participate in another party’s precinct, county or state convention or sign a for another party's candidate if the candidate’s position appears on the primary ballot.

A person who votes in the 2010 Republican Primary is disqualified from participating in the Democratic party’s precinct, county and state conventions, and vice versa. The Republican affiliated voter is also restricted from participating in other local and state Democratic Party activities, including being nominated by the Democratic Party to serve as an Election Judge, Alternate Judge or Clerk.
Note: In the November General Election voters may vote for whomever they wish, regardless of how or whether they voted in the primary or runoff primary election. All candidates of all parties appear on the same November General Election ballot.
Democratic Precinct Convention

On the evening of the March 2nd Primary Election Day, after the last voter has voted and the polls close, Democratic primary voters throughout Texas will meet at their respective Election Day Neighborhood Precinct Polling Locations to hold a Precinct Convention to do the following:
  1. Elect delegates and alternates to the Democratic Collin County Convention and from thence to the Democratic State Convention
    2010 Collin County Democratic Convention
    Saturday, March 20th, 10:30 a.m
    Plano Centre (Spring Creek Parkway & Jupiter Rd.)
  2. Adopt resolutions that will be submitted to the Democratic Collin County Convention.
The precinct convention may seem complicated at first, but it is very easy and quick to conduct. Here are some links to find more information about the Democratic Precinct Convention:
If you did not receive a new Blue and White voter registration card during December 2009 or January 2010, it may indicate that you are no longer properly registered to vote. You should call the Registrar's office to ask why you did not receive your new Blue and White 2010-2011 voter registration card. (Check your registration status online here.)
800-687-8546 / 972-547-1990
For more information on the new Blue and White 2010-2011 voter registration cards, click here.

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