2734Demo Party Chair, On Voting Twice
- Feb 27, 2008http://newspapertree.com/elections/2138
Demo Party Chair, On Voting Twice
by Danny Anchondo
An explanation of the "Texas Two Step" election
process, from the El Paso County Democratic Party
Posted on February 27, 2008
Recently, there has been a misconception on voting
twice by candidates, the media, and other sources,
however, we wish to correct this misconception. You do
not vote twice, but in reality what voters are doing
are voting at the polls and if they so choose to,
attend their Convention Precinct where you show your
support for a candidate, so voters are not voting a
second time as it has been misinterpreted.
What voters CAN DO is participate in the 2008
Presidential Election and the Presidential Precinct
Conventions. The first step in participating in the
2008 Presidential Primary is by voting early or vote
on March 4th. The second step is participating in the
2008 Presidential Primary is by attending your local
voting precinct convention at 7:15 p.m. on March 4th.
At this convention, you will show your support, or
uncommitted status, for your presidential candidate.
This is where the "voting twice" misconception
Participation in the conventions is not mandatory it
is simply a way to: 1). Show support for your
candidate 2). The start to becoming a delegate to the
county, state and national conventions. All you have
to do is present yourself at 7:15 p.m. at your voting
location to participate. You do not need to sign up
before 7:15 p.m. or have any other documents that you
want to participate.
Texas is allocated 228 delegates to the 2008 National
Convention, and from this, 75% (126 of the total 228
delegates) of the national delegates are allocated to
each Senatorial District which are dependent on the
results on March 4th. A presidential candidate will
have these delegates are allocated to them by their
percentage of votes on this day, however, the
remaining delegates are chosen by convention
participation (or 42 delegates out of the 228).
The convention system is a three part process: from
your voting precinct, county convention, and then the
state convention. Whoever can keep their delegates
participating, when they make it to the state
convention, those 25% of remaining delegates will be
allocated by proportion of presidential preference at
the state level.
To simplify: the convention process is the extra
credit points for the presidential candidates.
With the response of over 21,000 voters in El Paso and
joining other Texas Democrats who keep outnumbering
Republicans in their primary, we are equally
anticipating a similar surge of convention
participation and we are proud for the number of
Democrats who are participating. It is a victory for
the Democratic Party and our candidates. For more
information, please contact the El Paso County
Democratic Party office at 533-2141.
El Paso County Democratic Party