What is a Precinct Chair?
A Precinct Chair is the most important leadership role in the Denton County Republican Party. Precinct Chairs are boots on the ground that have day to day interaction with the voters in their area. Each County is divided into precincts; there are currently 145 precincts in Denton County.
What are the responsibilities of a Precinct Chair?
1. Identifying and registering voters in your Precinct
This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors, get to know your precinct and get some great exercise. Most Precincts are easy to walk in a weekend depending on your pace and engagement level. This is also a great opportunity to find a neighbor interested in being a volunteer, block captain, or even your assistant Precinct Chair!
2. Informing voters about Denton GOP events and helping turn out the vote
The Denton County GOP has a plethora of clubs throughout the county that meet monthly. These are events you could invite your neighbors to and is a great way for them to get involved and stay up to speed with what’s going on in politics and Denton County. Turning out the Republican vote is important to every election so that we can offset the Democrat vote in at least a dozen “blue” counties, including Travis County, and the best way to do that is to have an active and engaged Republican Precinct Chair.
3. Attend the monthly County Executive Committee meeting or CEC
As a Republican Precinct Chair you’re entitled to a vote at the Executive Committee meeting that meets the 3rd Thursdays of the month except for November and December (November is our Annual Volunteer Banquet.) You are able to decide on matters that effect your party. These are also great strategy and educational sessions on how to be a great Precinct Chair in your county.
4. Working the polls and/or recruiting poll workers
One of the best ways to meet people in your Precinct is to work the election polls. Your friends and neighbors will have a chance to meet and talk with you. This is also a great way to help ensure integrity at the ballot box by working as a poll watcher or recruiting others to serve as poll watchers.
5. Running the Precinct Convention
Every two years, your Precinct will hold a Precinct Convention. As Precinct Chair you are tasked with running this convention. Precinct Convention is a time where folks from your precinct can submit resolutions to be considered for inclusion in the Republican Party of Texas Platform. This is also a time where delegates will be selected for the County Convention, and that is where delegates to the State Convention are selected. If resolutions are included in the County Conventions, they will go on to be considered for inclusion at the State Convention. Put simply, you can make a difference!
6. Supporting the DCRP Financially
Our local Party gets no funding from either the State or National Parties. So it’s up to us here in Denton County to raise the funds locally. We urge each Precinct Chair to become a member of our Sustaining Supporter for monthly contributions that really help smooth our cash flow. Click here to become a Sustaining Supporter. We also urge Precinct Chairs to help with our largest fundraiser, the annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner by obtaining auction items and attending if possible. Click here to get tickets today!
We’re all in this together
The important thing to remember about being a Precinct Chair is that you are not alone. Information, voting lists, supplies, etc. are available at the Denton County Republican Party Headquarters. Our more experienced Precinct Chairs are always there to assist you. There are also Area Leaders that provide help and leadership.
Precinct Chairs must be a resident of that precinct in order to qualify for a place on the ballot. Precinct Chairs are elected in the Republican Primary: in 2016, the Primary will be held on March 1st. If unopposed, they do not appear on the ballot, but are considered elected that day. If more than one person files for Precinct Chair, the voters of that precinct decide.
The filing period for Precinct Chairs runs from September 12 until December 11th at 6:00 PM. If elected, the Precinct Chair will serve a two-year term commencing June 2018 (20 days after the Primary Run-Off Election as per Texas Election Code).
Want to be a Precinct Chair? Please fill out the application below when the filing period begins to be appointed. If you are appointed, please fill out the second form to be on the ballot in the March 1st Primary! We will post the applications here beginning September 12, 2017.