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TDP Precinct Chair Handbook 2010

TDP Precinct Chair Handbook 2010

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2010 version
Texas Democratic Party505 West 12
th
Street, Suite 200Austin, TX 78701(512) 478-9800www.txdemocrats.org 
 
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Texas Democratic Party Precinct Chair HandbookTable of Contents
 
DISCLAIMER/DEDICATION/PURPOSE/ACKNOWLEDGEMENTLETTER FROM THE TDP STATE CHAIRWHAT IT MEANS TO BE A DEMOCRATCHAPTER 1: THE PRECINCT & PRECINCT CHAIR
PARTY STRUCTURE 101VOTING PRECINCTSWHAT’S A PRECINCT CHAIR (PC)?HOW TO BECOME A PRECINCT CHAIR?TERM OF OFFICEFILING FOR OFFICE (PRIMARY)FILLING VACANCIES (BETWEEN PRIMARIES)PRECINCT CHAIR RESPONSIBILITIESSERVING ON THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
CHAPTER 2: ORGANIZING YOUR PRECINCT
TDP VOTER FILE DATABASE (VOTER ACTIVATION NETWORK)PRECINCT GEOGRAPHYKNOW THE PEOPLEKNOW THE PEOPLE (TARGETING)RECRUIT VOLUNTEERSSUGGESTING PRECINCT ORGANIZING STRUCTURERECRUIT VOLUNTEERS (ELECTION WORKERS)PRECINCT CHAIR VS. ELECTION JUDGE (GENERAL ELECTION)GROWING THE BASE (VOTER REGISTRATION & ACTIVATION)BE A RESOURCE IN YOUR COMMUNITYKEEP GOOD RECORDSTHE IDEAL PRECINCT
CHAPTER 3: PRECINCT CONVENTIONS
STEPS TO THE PRECINCT CONVENTIONELECTION PROCEDUREAFTER THE CONVENTION
CHAPTER 4: GOTV (GET OUT THE VOTE) AS A PRECINCT CHAIR
CANVASS THE PRECINCTCANVASSING BASICSCANVASSING (IN-PERSON)CANVASSING (BY PHONE)FLEXIBILITY FOR VOTERS
CONCLUSIONTEXAS MAJORITY BUILDER
 
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DisclaimerDedication
This Precinct Chair Handbook is dedicated to all current and former Precinct Chairs. We appreciate your timeand sacrifice to advance the Texas Democratic Party and your local Party.
Purpose
This Precinct Chair Handbook is designed to help you fulfill the responsibilities of Precinct Chair (PC). As aPC, you represent your designated precinct on behalf of the Texas Democratic Party, as well as your local party.You are the vital link between the local elected officials, the party, and the voters. There are several ways toaccomplish your PC goals. This handbook covers the techniques that have generally shown to be mosteffective. We urge you to consult your local Democratic leaders and the State Democratic Party for additionaltactics. We realize that each county party’s political landscape differs. Some of the strategies in this handbook may not be practical in your area or you may have found other strategies that are effective that are not includedhere. This handbook is simply a proposed guide to a more effective system of organization on a basic level.Increased organization on the precinct level leads to an overall stronger county. As a result, our county andstatewide nominees achieve a higher level of success in elections.
This handbook is intended to be a living document that you will add to as you become an experienced PC and as new tools become available.
Acknowledgement
 
The Texas Democratic Party would especially like to thank Carol Wilder, Precinct Chair from Hays County,Guy Stuart, Precinct Chair & 2008-2010 SD24 Committeeman from Burnet County, and Stephanie Patrick fortheir work on this handbook. TDP would like to thank all of the county parties - especially Harris, Dallas,Travis and Tarrant counties - who submitted a copy of their Precinct Chair manual or handbook to use as aguide for the creation of this one.
 
 
The Texas Democratic Party Precinct Chair Handbook is designedas a
“how-to” guide
to instruct political novices -- and longtimeactivists -- on the elements of a strong, modern campaign.This handbook is a guide. It should
not
be used in place of theofficial
 Rules of the Texas Democratic Party
, the
Texas ElectionCode
, or the rules of the Texas Ethics Commission.
 
Should anyissue arise, consult the
 Rules of the Texas Democratic Party (TDP Rules), Texas Election Code
or the rules and regulations of theTexas Ethics Commission.
 

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