Precinct Convention FAQ

When is precinct convention?

The 2018 Precinct Conventions of the Libertarian Party of Texas will be held March 13, 2018 as prescribed by Texas Election Code.

Who can participate in precinct conventions?

Only those people registered to vote in a precinct who have not voted in the primaries or participated in the convention of another party are eligible to participate in that precinct’s convention.

If I voted in the primary but I want to switch to the Libertarian Party, can I do that in time to participate in precinct convention?

If a person votes in the the 2018 primary of another party, they are ineligible to participate in the 2018 conventions of the Libertarian Party per Texas Election Code.

What sort of documentation/credentials do I need to bring?

You need to bring a photo ID and if you can find it you should bring your voter registration card as well.

Can I still participate even if I can’t find my voter registration card?

Yes, but you do need to bring a photo ID.

Does participation in the precinct convention prevent me from being able to do something else?

By participating in the precinct convention of the Libertarian Party, you will not be eligible to vote in the primary, primary run-off, or participate in the convention of another party during 2018.

Does participation in the precinct convention involve any long term commitment from me?

The only long term commitment resulting from your participation in precinct convention is your affiliation with the Libertarian Party which persists until the end of 2018 per Texas Election Code.

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

Absentee ballots are not permitted. If you are unable to attend precinct convention but someone else in your precinct will be there, you can request that they elect you as a delegate to the county convention. If you are unable to attend county convention, you could request to be nominated as a delegate to state convention.

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

The only way a person who isn’t in attendance at the precinct convention can become a delegate to county convention is if there is someone else from their precinct in attendance and they are nominated as a delegate from their precinct. This means if no one from a precinct is in attendance on the day of precinct conventions, that precinct will have no delegates at county convention.

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

All 2018 precinct conventions are to be held on March 13. 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.

I’ve never been to a convention. Where do I start?

The first step is to contact your county chair. Since they will be organizing the time and location for precinct and county conventions, they’ll be your best local resource. After that, if you’ve decided you want to participate in the LP convention process, you need to abstain from voting in the primaries or participating in any other party’s convention and make sure your voter registration is up to date.

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

If a county isn’t affiliated, there will be no precinct or county conventions held in that county. If you would like to affiliate your county in advance of precinct conventions, you can apply here.

What do I do when I get there?

When you arrive at the precinct convention location, you will likely be greeted by an existing member of county leadership who can direct you where to go. Otherwise, find the county chair who will get you started by verifying your eligibility to participate in the convention and administer to you the Oath of Affiliation. After that point, sit tight and wait for the convention to get started.

What can I expect the agenda to include?

At precinct convention, the agenda will include electing a precinct chair (and other officers if there are people present and interested in holding those positions), and electing additional delegates to county convention from your precinct. The agenda may include voting on a proposal made by another member from your precinct for a change to the county bylaws, state Rules, or county or state platform.

Who runs precinct convention?

The county chair is the person who sets the time and location of the precinct conventions, but once a precinct convention convenes, it will either be the existing precinct chair or someone appointed by the county chair who will conduct the convention until a precinct convention chair is elected by those participating.

How do we elect precinct chairs?

Once the convention has started, the temporary precinct chair (either the previously elected precinct chair or someone appointed by the county chair) will open nominations for precinct chair at which point anyone participating in the convention will be able to nominate a person to be voted on. Once nominations have been made, an vote will be conducted and the winner will be decided in accordance with LPTexas’ Rules and county or precinct bylaws.

How long does a precinct convention last?

This really depends on the size of your precinct and county. With just a few people, it can be done in less than half an hour, but as the precinct gets larger and there are more people for party leadership to affiliate before things can get started it may take an hour or more. For a better estimate for your county/precinct contact your county chair.

What is expected of someone participating in precinct convention?

Someone who wishes to participate in their LP precinct convention should be registered to vote and not have voted in the primary or participated in the convention of another party during the same year. Upon arrival and verification of their eligibility to affiliate, the final step will be to take the Oath of Affiliation. At that point, any person affiliated with the party may vote in their precinct convention.

Is there anything I should do to prepare?

If you haven’t already gotten in touch with your county leadership, you should. You may also want to brush up on your county’s bylaws and LPTexas’ Rules, but your county leadership should be able to help you with that as well, so don’t let it overwhelm you.

Does it cost money to be a delegate?

There are no dues or fees required, so the only cost incurred for participating in the precinct convention is the cost to get there and the cost of taking time off work if necessary.

Is there a dress code?

No, but it is advised that people remember these conventions take place in public.

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