What are the Roles and Responsibilities of a Precinct Chair?

Precinct Chairs are an integral part of the Collin County Democratic Party (CCDP) leadership structure and the face of the CCDP on a neighborhood level.

The Precinct Chair is a publicly elected party official, elected by the Democratic voters in a precinct each primary (March of even-numbered years) to a two-year term. Precinct Chairs must be registered to vote in their precincts, cannot have voted in the last Republican primary, must have voted in the Democratic primary, cannot endorse another party candidate in a race where a Democrat is on the ballot, must be at least 18 years of age, and otherwise eligible to hold elective office in the state of Texas.

Precinct Chairs organize their voting precincts to deliver the Party message to the individual voter, and help carry out the Party mission to get Democratic voters to the polls to vote for Democrats.

Each Precinct Chair serves as a member of the County Executive Committee (CEC), which is the governing body of the CCDP. You are required to attend regular meetings of the CEC where the business of the party is conducted. Learning the Texas Democratic Party and the CCDP rules and procedures is expected. Precinct Chairs may also choose to serve on a variety of committees, teams, task forces, and the coordinated campaign.

  1. Organize your precinct.
    • Know your precinct and assemble resources
    • Build, train and manage your precinct team
    • Use the Voter Activation Network (VAN) to help access and update voter files
    • Assist the CCDP with recruiting election judges, alternate judges, election clerks, and poll watchers
    • Get voters to the polls to support Democratic national, state and local candidates
    • Attend all precinct and/ or county conventions.
  2. Attend all CEC meetings, which are typically held at 7 pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month. The CEC:
    • Canvasses the results of primary and primary runoff elections
    • Confirms appointments to precinct chair vacancies
    • Provides training and materials for Precinct Chairs
    • Studies issues and legislation and organizes support or opposition
    • Votes on endorsements and Party resolutions
    • Plans and coordinates CCDP’s general election year campaigns.
  3. Participate in CCDP activities and encourage others in your precinct to participate. Become a Sustaining Donor of the CCDP by contributing to keep the doors open and elect Democrats. For more information visit the CCDP office or go online at: www.collindemocrats.org.
  4. Be willing to learn and follow the Rules and Procedures of the Texas Democratic Party (TDP) and the Collin County Democratic Party.