Application for a Place on the Ballot
Precinct Chairs are elected during the Democratic Party Primary. To get on the ballot, you must complete an official application, have it notarized, and turn it in to either the County Chair or Secretary. The filing period runs from Tuesday, September 12, 2017 through 6pm on Monday December 11, 2017. Forms may also be returned at a County Executive Committee (CEC) meeting or to the Party office, 1915 N. Central Expressway, Suite 150, Plano, TX 75075. For your convenience, there will be a Notary Public available the CEC meeting Tue Oct 24. The form linked above is a “fillable” pdf version of the appropriate ballot application. You may complete the form electronically, but you still must print it out and return a notarized hard copy by the deadline to get on the ballot. Also included is the CCDP’s Precinct Chair Application form, which we ask you to complete. This one does not need to be notarized. It contains some additional contact information we will need to be able to communicate with you.
Term of Office
If you are already a Precinct Chair your term of office ends on June 11, 2018. You must refile for the next term. The 2018-2020 term runs from Monday, June 11, 2018 thru Monday, Jun 15, 2020. New and re-elected Precinct Chairs should attend the statutory County Executive Committee (CEC) meeting in McKinney at 7:15pm on Monday, June 11, 2018 to be sworn-in.
What is a Precinct Chair?
Precinct Chairs are an integral part of the Collin County Democratic Party’s (CCDP) leadership structure. The body of Precinct Chairs form the CEC, which is the governing body of the CCDP. Precinct Chairs are required to attend meetings of the CEC (usually 4th Tuesdays of the month at 7:15 pm) during which time the business of the party is conducted. Learning the rules of the Texas Democratic Party (TDP) and the CCDP along with basic knowledge of Roberts Rules of Order is expected.
The Precinct Chair is a party official, elected to a two-year term in the Democratic Party Primary in even-numbered years. Your name will only appear on the ballot in your precinct if you are in a contested race. Precinct Chairs can be appointed by the County Party Chair to fill vacancies at any time.
Precinct Chairs must be registered to vote and live in their precincts. They must vote in the 2018 Democratic primary. Precinct Chairs cannot publicly support or endorse an opposing party or a non-Democratic candidate in a race where a Democrat is on the ballot. This includes donating money, soliciting votes, or serving on a campaign committee.
Precinct Chairs are encouraged to serve on a variety of committees, teams, task forces, and work with Field Organizers who actively canvass Collin County to identify and turn out Democratic voters year-round.
Responsibilities of the County Executive Committee (CEC):
- Vote on budgets and approve major spending
- Appoint a new county chair and fill Precinct Chair vacancies when they occur
- Select nominees for the ballot when a candidate withdraws or dies. This is done by only those chairs in the candidate’s district.
- Confirm appointments of Party officers and committee members
- Understand issues and legislation and organize support or opposition
- Vote on candidate endorsements and Party resolutions
- Coordinate CCDP’s involvement in municipal, state, and national election campaigns
Other Ways to Get Involved:
- Join the Field Organization
• Walk your neighborhood to speak with other voters
• Call other voters in your neighborhood
• Recruit neighbors to help contact other neighbors
• Learn and use our voter database (VAN) to record contact results
- Work at the polls during elections or on the Ballot Board
- Participate in Committees
- Register Voters
- Attend events sponsored by the Party
- Attend County, State, and National Conventions
- Donate to the Party. Texas is the #1 state for sustaining donors. Your contributions help the party grow.