The incumbent Precinct Chair, or if absent a Republican voter in the precinct, calls the Precinct Convention to order as the Temporary Convention Chair. After appointing a Temporary Secretary, the list of attendees is compared to the list of voters in the Republican Primary to verify eligibility to participate in the Precinct Convention. Once this has been done, the Temporary Chair announces the number of participants present.
The first order of business is to elect the Permanent Officers of the Precinct Convention. Nominations are made by the participants and elections, if needed, are held. The Convention elects a Permanent Chair and a Permanent Secretary, and once elected the Chair may appoint other officers if needed.
At this point the Chair announces the number of delegates and alternates to the Senate District Convention (SD8 or SD30 depending on location), to be held in the coming weeks. Usually this number will exceed the number of participants who are present. Citizens who voted in the Primary but are not present for the Precinct Convention can still be elected delegates provided they informed anyone present of their wish to attend the District Convention. Nominations are made from the floor and the delegates and alternates are elected by the Convention. Delegates and alternates can be elected individually, or a slate of delegates and/or alternates can be elected on one vote.
Following the election of delegates and alternates, the Convention now considers resolutions. Resolutions may cover any topic; for example, supporting or not supporting a candidate, an issue, asking for passage or repeal of a law, etc. Each resolution is voted on separately by the Convention…those that pass are forwarded on to the District Convention for consideration at the next level. See above for details on how to craft a resolution, and to download our template.
This is the first step in building the National Republican Party Platform. A resolution passed at a Precinct Convention in Collin County years ago made it through the District, State and National Conventions that year to become part of the Republican Party Platform.
The Chair collects all of the Convention paperwork (list of attendees, elected delegates and alternates, resolutions that passed, resolutions that failed and all other forms) and turns them in to the County Party, who uses this information to plan for the District Conventions.
After the business of the precinct conventions has been conducted, those chosen as delegates will represent their precincts at the Senatorial District conventions to be held the 3rd Saturday after the Primary election.