County Convention FAQ


When is county convention?

The 2018 County Conventions of the Libertarian Party of Texas will be held March 17, 2018 as prescribed by Texas Election Code.

Who can participate in county convention?

Only those people who participated in the precinct conventions within that county or were selected to be delegates by their precinct conventions and who are registered to vote but did not vote in the primary are authorized to vote as delegates at the county convention.

I’ve already gone to precinct convention; do I really need to go to county convention?

That depends on what you want to do. If your goal in participating in the precinct convention was simply to affiliate with the party and help select delegates to go to the county convention, then no. However, if you want to take part in the nomination of local candidates, county leadership, or delegates to district and state convention, then yes.

If I can’t be at county convention, are proxy voting or absentee ballots allowed?

Absentee ballots are not permitted. If you are unable to attend county convention, you can request to be elected as a delegate to district or state convention, but you cannot send your vote with anyone else.

Can someone who isn’t able to attend the county convention become a delegate to the district or state convention?

Yes, but they should be someone who is registered to vote in your county, has not voted in the primary or participated in the convention of another party, and who you believe will be a good representative of the party at those conventions.

How do I know where and when my county convention will be held?

The 2018 county conventions are to be held on March 17. Your county chair will determine the specific location and start time and post notice of such either on the county’s website or state party’s events calendar. If the county party does not have a website, they will also post notice on the county commissioners’ bulletin board. All notice must be posted no less than 10 days in advance of the precinct convention and must remain continuously posted until the date of the convention. Your county party’s website can be found here if they have one.

If my county isn’t affiliated, will there still be a county convention?

If a county isn’t affiliated, there will be no precinct or county conventions held in that county.

What do I do when I get there?

If you were not in attendance at the precinct convention but were selected by your precinct to be a delegate to county convention, you should find a member of county leadership who can work with you to verify your eligibility to participate in the convention and administer to you the Oath of Affiliation. After that point, or if you were a participant at the precinct conventions, sit tight and wait for the convention to get started.

What can I expect the agenda to include?

At county convention, the agenda will include electing county officers (chair, vice chair, treasurer, and secretary, and electing delegates to the district and state conventions. The agenda may include nominating elections for those people who are seeking to run for precinct and county level offices, adoption of or changes to county bylaws or platform.

Who runs county convention?

The county chair is the one who sets the time and location of the county convention and who will call the convention to order. The first order of business will be electing a convention chair, and after one is selected, that is the person who will conduct the remainder of the convention.

How do we elect county chairs?

Your county’s bylaws may have specific methods by which this election happens, but generally speaking, the convention chair will open the floor for nominations at which point delegates may nominate others or themselves for the position. Once nominations are closed, the convention chair will facilitate an election in which each delegate may vote, usually by secret ballot when more than one person has been nominated.

How do we elect delegates to district and state conventions?

Your county’s bylaws may have specific methods by which these elections happen, but generally speaking, the convention chair will open the floor for nominations at which point delegates may nominate others or themselves to be voted on.

Once nominations are closed for district convention delegates, the convention chair will facilitate the election. Though a county could set a limit itself, there is no preset limit for how many delegates can be selected to go to county convention, so often these elections are a yes/no vote for each person.

Once nominations are closed for district convention delegates, the convention chair will facilitate the election. The convention chair should have announced how many delegates and alternates the county has been allocated and will conduct the election to fill those spots. This is usually done so that spots are filled from most votes received to least votes received until there are not more delegate or alternate spots left.

How do we nominate candidates?

Candidates may only be nominated for offices in which a person has indicated they are seeking the nomination during the candidate filing period as prescribed by Texas Election Code. The convention chair will open nominations during which those people may be nominated to be voted on. Once nominations are closed, the convention chair will facilitate the election. The options available for each delegate to vote on will be each person nominated and “none of the above” with the person receiving the most votes and more votes that “none of the above” receiving the party’s nomination, unless other requirements are laid out by the county’s bylaws.

How long does a county convention last?

This largely depends on the size of the county and how many candidates are up for nomination. In many of the more rural counties, the convention will take about an hour, but for some of the more urban counties, it could take 3-5 hours. For an estimate specific to your county, contact your county chair.

Does going to county convention commit me to going to the State or National Convention?

No. If someone nominates you to be a delegate to a convention that you don’t plan to attend, you have the option of turning down the nomination. If you’ve already been selected as a delegate, you are not obligated to go. However, the only time delegates can be elected by the county is during the county convention, so backing out after the fact could mean someone from your county that could have gone won’t be able to, so keep that in mind leading up to delegate selection.


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