Volunteering: Precinct Chair
Becoming a Precinct Chair
The office of "Precinct Chair" is defined in the Texas Election Code which also defines the process for becoming one. The Texas Election Code describes the makeup of the County Party in "SUBCHAPTER B. COUNTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE." In addition, the Bylaws of the DCRP define the County Party's role in the process.
There are two paths for being a Precinct Chair: (1) run for the office; or (2) be appointed to a vacancy.
Office seekers for Republican Precinct Chairs stand for election in the Republican Primary every two years. The process for running for the office of Precinct Chair can be found on the Texas Secretary of State website at https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/candidates/guide/2022/precinct-chair.shtml. The application can be found at https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/forms/pol-sub/2-1f.pdf.
After the Primary Election, for all precincts where a Precinct Chair did not file for office and the office was not filled by the election, the office is open and vacant and seats may then be filled by appointment for the remainder of the current term. Candidates who wish to fill a vacancy to become Precinct Chairs first file an application.
The Precinct Chair Vacancy Committee reviews the applications of those who apply for vacant Precinct Chair positions, who otherwise meet the requirements of the election code, and make recommendations to the County Chair about their qualification for a recommendation for confirmation by the County Executive Committee.
E. PRECINCT CHAIR VACANCY COMMITTEE
1. The Precinct Chair Vacancy Committee shall be composed of no fewer than seven (7) members of the Executive Committee, nominated by the County Chair and subject to confirmation by the Executive Committee.
2. There shall be no chair of the Precinct Chair Vacancy Committee. All work related to the administration of this committee, such as distributing and receiving applications, preliminary vetting of candidates, and scheduling, shall be conducted by the Executive Director or the County Chair’s designee. It shall be the duty of the Precinct Chair Vacancy Committee to review the applications of those who apply for vacant precinct chair positions, who otherwise meet the requirements of the election code, and make recommendations to the County Chair about their qualification for recommendation to the Executive Committee.
3. It shall not be in order for the Executive Committee to consider a nomination from the floor for a vacant precinct chair position which has not been previously considered by the Precinct Chair Vacancy Committee. This bylaw may be suspended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members of the Executive Committee.
a. This section does not apply to precinct chairs who were duly elected during the Republican Primary and have, since that time, relocated to an empty precinct and applied for appointment. Such an individual may be nominated by the County Chair without the committee’s review.