Wednesday, August 1, 2012

How to do the Texas two-step on Mar 4

It's easy.

First step: Vote in the Democratic primary.

Second step: Go to your precinct polling place at 7:15pm Tuesday Mar 4. This is your precinct convention. If you voted early and you're not sure where your polling place is, go here to find out.

Sign in and list your preference for the presidential nominee (for Obama, of course!).

After the meeting is called to order, you can leave if you want to. By signing in, you're "counted" in the math that decides how many of your precincts' delegates for each candidate will go to your county convention.

If you decide to stay, you can vote for the delegates or you can be a delegate yourself. The people who stay at the precinct conventions will elect the actual delegates to the county conventions. Some precincts will have lots of delegates to select - and an equal number of alternates. My precinct gets 41 delegates! So we'll be needing 82 people willing to be delegates.

If you're really dedicated, also take a list of people who would be willing to serve as delegates even if they are not going to be at the precinct convention. Delegates do not need to be at the precinct convention - but they must be elected at it.

To see this bigger (so you can read the fine print) click here.

[Why do we have a "two-step" in Texas? Well, historically, delegates to the national convention from Texas were selected only by caucus at the Texas convention. To make it more democratic - to let more Texans have a say about who the nominee should be - the system was changed to make it so that 2/3 of the delegates would be apportioned based on the regular primary vote.

Those who are involved enough in Democratic party politics to go to their conventions get to vote again at their precinct for how the other 1/3 are apportioned. It's also a very democratic process - anyone who votes in the Democratic primary is welcome at their precinct convention, to "vote twice" for a candidate they feel strongly about. It's complicated, but I think it's overall a good system.

I think those who feel very strongly about a candidate, and those who are willing to work more actively in Democratic party politics, should have a louder voice in who is selected as the Democratic party's nominee.]

[posted on 3/1/08]

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