Precinct Chairs are at the heart of local organizing. They are ordinary people representing a small group of people and doing the real work: identifying and turnIng out democratic voters for elections. Chairs serve a 2 year term, elected on the even year primary ballots, or appointed if vacancies arise.
Precinct Chairs are given access to resources and tools like the database used by all of the Democratic Party which compiles publicly available voter registration data with other information sources to give you a good idea of who we know to be Democrats, or not, and who we still need to talk to in order to figure out their status. From there, a Precinct Chair gets to know their neighborhood. Knocking on doors and making phone calls: Precinct Chairs find out what issues matter to their neighbors and help relay voting information like polling locations and times, resources to get involved, and so much more.
As a precinct chair, you also would be a member of the County Executive Committee (CEC) which is comprised of all county precinct chairs and all county party officials. CEC members are active advocates for their communities and shape the TCDP’s identity, positions, structure, operations, direction, activities, and more. The CEC is the voting body of the TCDP, and all CEC members are also in a position to introduce new resolutions before the CEC.
With its hundreds of precinct chairs from across Tarrant County (young, old, Black, Brown, AAPI, Caucasian, LGBTQIA, immigrants, union members, activists, TCDP committee chairs, former elected officials, former Republicans, longtime local Democrats, former members of the desegregation movement, and more), the CEC is also the source of a wealth of diverse knowledge, experience, wisdom, expertise, and community contacts.
At meetings, you can expect to be updated on the latest party news, learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at TCDP, hear from allied community leaders, and generally get more plugged in to the rest of your county.
Along with the large impact you can make on voter turnout in your area, your CEC membership gives you the opportunity to more strongly advocate for your precinct’s best interests and increase your effectiveness as a force for positive change within your community.
Precinct Chairs must:
- be 18 or older
- be a registered voter
- reside in that precinct
- have voted in the most recent Democratic primary election or sign an oath of affiliation to the Democratic Party.
- Precinct Chairs can’t be elected officials or candidates for county, state or federal office.
First, you’ll need to know your voting precinct. Find that information by going to https://gisit.tarrantcounty.com/TCVL/ and typing in your info. Now using the “Voter Precinct” number, look at this list of current TCDP Precinct Chairs.
Does your precinct already have a chair? If so, reach out to your Precinct Chair and offer to help in the organizing effort!
If there is a vacancy and think you’d be a good fit, see “Interested in Becoming a Precinct Chair” below!
If there isn’t a Precinct Chair representing your voting precinct, you can be appointed midterm by completing an application.
Precinct Chairs are elected on the March primary ballots of even number years. If you wish to be a candidate, please complete check back during filing season in the fall of 2021.
In order to help Precinct Chairs succeed, Tarrant County has a team of dedicated volunteers known as the Precinct Leadership Committee (PLC). Each of the 11 House Districts within Tarrant County have their own assigned Democratic House District Coordinator who serve on this committee. The House District Coordinator (HDC) is the point person for all PCs in that district, helping to recruit people to fill vacant chairs, to offer additional training and support of active PCs, and to serve as a liaison between leadership and Precinct Chairs. This allows for more support for our Precinct Chairs and a smaller grouping that allows us to work together at a more localized level.
Find your State Rep’s House District here: https://gisit.tarrantcounty.com/TCVL/