Top Year Two Posts #4

This post garnered a record number of comments for Dallas South.  To yesterday’s point, I would have never thought that this short post would have gained so much steam.  It was a popular forward through emails, somebody even forwarded it to me not knowing I wrote it.  Check out the comments on the original post, makes for some interesting reading.

Texas Democratic Election a Primary/Caucus Hybrid, requires an extra trip to the polls

February 7th, 2008 · 77 Comments

democratslogo.pngI’d like to thank Bryan who attended an Obama meeting last night, and Rep. Eddie B. Johnson who sent an email, for providing me with some information that I did not know. I was planning to early vote for the Texas Primary, but it looks like in order for my vote to fully count, I’ll need to get back to the polls on election night.

Click here for Texas rules on Democratic delegates.

I’m not going to give the full rundown yet, but let me give you the cliff’s notes version as I understand them so far:

  • Texas has a two step process that is open to all registered voters.
  • When you cast your vote in the Texas primary, in essence it’s only 75% of a full vote.
  • 126 of Texas’ 168 votes will be allocated to candidates based on the ballots cast.
  • 15 minutes after the polls close (7:00 p.m.) those who voted must return to their precinct.
  • This “precinct convention” is how Texas will decide how to divide the remaining 42 delegates.
  • The rules were originally put in place to insure that the Democratic hierarchy would have more say.

That’s it in a nutshell. I had never heard of this before, but then again a Texas primary/caucus has never mattered since I’ve been voting. Thanks again to Bryan and Rep. Johnson.

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