Texas Primary - Delegate selection to take place BEFORE May primary in April and Texas delegates now unbound after first ballot!Submitted by mark2277 on Tue, 03/20/2012 - 11:14
This has turned into a long post with a lot of information. The bottom line is this.
1) The Texas GOP recently changed the rules to where delegates are unbound after the first ballot in Tampa.
2) Due to a recent federal court decision, the delegate selection process in Texas will be BEFORE the May 29 primary. (In Texas it is typically the same day and location as the primary)
3) Contact the GOP office in your COUNTY (call or stop by - county websites are not up to date) to get the details pertinent to your county because all counties are doing things differently.
Please read below for more detailed information.
I just wanted to put this out there so that those readers of the DP in Texas were aware of this. The bottom line is that Ron Paul needs delegates if Tampa results in a brokered convention and Texas will be sending 155. (Texas is second for most delegates sent to Tampa)
A new rule was passed that unbound Texas delegates after the first ballot!!! This is a huge thing for us Ron Paul people.
"The first significant amendment to be debated was one proposed by SREC member Tom Washington, and presented by SREC member Jason Moore. This amendment unbound the delegates to the RNC National Convention after the first ballot. This amendment passed overwhelmingly. This will make Texas a much bigger player on the national stage in the event that there is a brokered convention in Tampa, FL this August, as we have the second largest delegation with 155 delegates and all of the delegates will be up for grabs on the second ballot."
A March 1 2012 court order changed the dates of the 2012 Texas Primary to May 29, 2012.
Typically in Texas, the precinct delegate selection process takes place after the primary election, at the election site.
With the date changes, most counties will skip precinct conventions and go strait to county conventions.
The county conventions will still take place before the May 29 Primary.
Please contact your local county GOP leaders for the full details on your county.
A few final things to note!
In Texas, you do not register with a particular political party. Previously, to take part in the GOP convention process, you would vote in the GOP Primary and at that time your voters registration card would be stamped as Republican.
Since the primary will be after the precinct/county conventions, you will have to sign some sort of an oath at your precinct/county convention.
Just make sure you are registered to vote and bring your Texas voters registration card with you. (If you cannot find your voters registration card, you should be able to print a copy of your current registration from the Texas website below. Contact your local GOP office to verify that it will be acceptable.)
You can check your current voter registration status here.
Am I registered to vote.
Voter registration info.
"Notice: As a result of on-going redistricting litigation the mailing of new voter registration certificates is delayed in some counties. All previously issued voter registration certificates expired on December 31, 2011, but only the card expired. The cards will automatically be renewed. Only registered voters who have changed addresses or names need to contact their local voter registrar to update their registration or file a new application. For more information, please visit our press release. Am I already registered?
Your application must be received in the Voter Registrar’s office or postmarked at least 30 days before an election for you to be eligible to vote in that election.
To vote in Texas for the following elections be sure to register by the deadlines listed below."
To vote in Texas for the following elections be sure to register by the deadlines listed below.
May 29, 2012 Primary Election: The deadline to register is April 30, 2012.
July 31, 2012 Primary Runoff: The deadline to register is July 2, 2012.
May 12, 2012 Limited Uniform Election: The deadline to register is April 12, 2012.
November 6, 2012 Uniform Election: The deadline to register is October 9, 2012.
My county convention (Montgomery) will be April 21. Registration should start at 8:00 am and the convention should start at approximately noon. Each individual county is different though so please contact your local GOP county chair/office.
The state convention will be June 7 - 9 in Ft Worth, TX.
Most county websites have an email list and/or snail mail mailing list. I have found that if you get on these lists, up to date information is usually pushed through these channels. (Mostly email)
There is a big delay between info being pushed out on the mailing lists and actually updating the website.
The bottom line is the following.
1) Call/stop by your county GOP office for the correct dates/info.
2) Register to vote.
3) Get "in the loop" with your local GOP office (email mailing list)
4) Figure out who your precinct chair is and touch base with them as well.
5) Plan to take the entire day off on the day of your local convention.
Lastly, please spread the word. Tell whomever you can and also post this wherever else you can. Texas has a hefty amount of delegates and if we just stand by and wait until the primary election as we have in the past, it will be too late.