Thank you for your interest in serving the Bexar County Democratic Party. We need volunteers working throughout the county to help get Democrats elected. Among our most important volunteers are precinct chairs and precinct coordinators.
What is a precinct chair?
The precinct chair is a publicly elected party official representing a voting precinct. The precinct chair is elected by the Democratic voters in that precinct in the primary and serves a two-year term. The precinct chair is the "go-to person" for all Democratic precinct activity. An active, effective precinct chair makes an enormous difference in the success of the Party and our candidates.
What are the duties and responsibilities of a precinct chair?
Among the official and unofficial duties and responsibilities of the precinct chair are:
What is a precinct coordinator?
In precincts that do not have a precinct chair, the precinct coordinator is a volunteer who organizes to turn out the vote, as the precinct chair would do. But the precinct coordinator does not serve on the County Executive Committee. Also, you are welcome and encouraged to join standing committees of the Bexar County Democratic Party.
What are the qualifications for a precinct chair?
A precinct chair should be an outgoing, self-motivated person who likes people. To be eligible as precinct chair, you must:
How can I become a precinct chair?
Precinct chairs are elected in the Democratic Primary in even-numbered years. Filing for the current term ended on December 9, 2013, and the term began on Monday, June 16, 2014.
Filing for a place on the ballot for Precinct Chair for the NEW 2016 term will open on September 15, 2015 and close December 14 of 2015.
Fill out the precinct chair application at the link below, have it notarized, make a copy for your records and submit it at the Bexar County Democratic Office, (map link below) between Sept 15 and Dec 14 of 2015.
Make sure that ALL the items on the application form, Name, Address, Phone number, Precinct applied for, Birth date etc. are filled out and that the application is signed and notarized. Precinct Chairs are public officials, and your address is used to determine your eligibility to serve in your precinct. Birth dates are required to identify you, and an contact number is strongly urged because it is difficult to preform the duties of a precinct chair if you can not be contacted.
Incomplete applications which do not include the legally required information can not be processes.
Office staff may contact candidates to cure incomplete applications as time allows.
If your precinct does not currently have a precinct chair, then the County Chair Executive Committee (CEC, the committee of all precinct chairs) can appoint you to fill the vacancy for the unexpired portion of the current term. The County Chair can appoint you to serve in the interim until the CEC meets and votes on your appointment, but you can not vote on your own appointment. Check here to see whether your precinct has a chair: Precinct Chair List. If there is no vacancy in your precinct, then we cannot accept your application.
Click here for the precinct chair application. If you are filing to fill out the current term your application should indicate that it is for the UNEXPIRED TERM. Notarizing your application for the unexpired term is encouraged but not required.
We also ask that you complete a questionnaire.
to pull up your pricinct replace 1004 in the URL above with your precinct number.
For instance if your precinct is 2015 one would need to modify the URL to look like this:
The PRTC reviews applications for statutory eligibility using the criteria listed above. The PRTC also makes recommendations to the CEC as to which applicants the PRTC feels should be appointed to fill vacancies. The criteria for recommendation include voting history in the most recent Democratic primary election, willingness to work in the precinct, willingness to attend CEC meetings, and for those who previously served as precinct chair, actual attendance at CEC meetings during their period of service.
Please note that there are no right or wrong answers to questions posed in the questionnaire, and that the PRTC does not have any authority as to who becomes a precinct chair. Whether you become a precinct chair is determined by the Democratic primary voters if you file to be on the ballot, or by the CEC if you seek appointment during an unexpired term.
If you have not yet received or do not seek the recommendation of the PRTC, you may still be appointed by the CEC at a CEC meeting which achieves a quorum, provided that you meet the other eligibility requirements. After the vote on recommended applicants, the PRTC will present a list of all remaining eligible applicants, and give each an opportunity to introduce themselves to the CEC prior to a vote on their appointment.
How can I become a precinct coordinator?
Precinct coordinators can be appointed by the County Executive Committee or by the Precinct Recruitment and Training Committee. "Precinct coordinator" is not an office specified by the Rules of the Texas Democratic Party or the Texas Election Code, but it is nevertheless an important responsibility. Our Democratic candidates depend on having a large network of volunteers working to turn out the vote, whether or not they are precinct chairs.
How can I get more information?