Article III: Precinct Chairman
Section 1: Qualifications to Be a Precinct Chairman
(a) Be a qualified voter of that county (161.005);
(b) Be a resident of the precinct (171.023);
(c) Not be a county, state or federal public officeholder or candidate for such office (171.023); and
(d) In a general election year, be affliliated with the Republican Party through voting in the Republican primary election or runoff or by oath of affiliation (162.001-162.012)
Section 2: Methods for Becoming a Precinct Chairman (171.022)
Election for a two year term – Candidates for Precinct Chairman run for office in the primary election each even-numbered year. A one-page notarized application must be submitted to the County Chairman within a one-month filing period. Individuals may also run as write-in candidates (171.0231). If only one candidate’s name is to be placed on the ballot, there will be no election and that person will be elected to office (171.0221). If there is more than one candidate, the winner is determined by majority vote of those voting in the Republican primary election.
Section 3: Appointment to Fill Vacancy
Any eligible person may be appointed to fill a Precinct Chairman vacancy at any time. The eligible person must complete a Precinct Chair Appointment application form, vote in the Republican Primary or take the Party Oath of Affiliation. The form will be reviewed by the County Chair or his designee and recommended to the Executive Committee for approval. The appointment is by majority vote of the County Executive Committee present at a properly called meeting with a quorum when the proposed appointee is present, unless otherwise stipulated by the Election Code (171.024-5).
Section 4: Resigning the Office of Precinct Chairman
We hope you will serve out your full term as Precinct Chairman. However, some situations make it necessary to leave early:
(a) Change of Residence. A Precinct Chairman must be a registered voter in that county and a resident of that Precinct. Changing either of these creates an automatic vacancy.
(b) Loss of Voting Rights. Examples would be death or final conviction of a felony.
(c) Becoming a candidate or officeholder. Filing to run for a county, state, or federal office or being appointed to such position means a person may no longer serve as Precinct Chairman (161.005). This provision does not apply to service in non-partisan offices (e.g. school board, city council, etc.).
In all cases, please provide a written resignation letter, signed and dated, to your County Chairman, Executive Committee Secretary, County Clerk, RPT Headquarters and the Secretary of State’s office. There is no provision in the Election Code for forced removal from this office.
Section 5: Duties of the Precinct Chairman
Each Precinct Chairman shall attend all meetings of the Executive Committee and form a support group from his precinct to carry on activities proper to the office. Each Precinct Chairman shall send the names, addressees and phone numbers of the support team members to the Secretary of the Collin County Republican Party and to the Chairman of his House District Committee, within thirty (30) calendar days after he gets a commitment from any volunteer.