Precinct Chair Application
ROLE OF THE PRECINCT CHAIR
As Precinct Chair, your #1 goal is to maximize the Republican vote in your precinct. You do this by identifying, registering, informing, and turning out voters.
As Precinct Chair, you are a member of the County Executive Committee. The County Executive Committee is made up of the County Chair and all the Precinct Chairs in the county. As the representative of your precinct, you should make every effort to attend each meeting. Your presence counts towards a quorum enabling official business to be conducted.
As Precinct Chair, you have responsibilities in your local elections. In addition to maximizing the Republican vote, ways to be involved include serving as election judge or clerk in the primary and/or general election, or campaigning for candidates in the primary and/or general election.
Qualifications to be a Precinct Chair
- be a qualified voter in that county (Sec. 005)
- be a resident of the precinct (Sec. 023)
- not be a county, state, or federal public officeholder or candidate for such office (same), and
- in a general election year, be affiliated with the Republican Party through voting in the Republican primary election or runoff or by oath of affiliation (Sec. 162.001 – 012)
Ways to become a Precinct Chair
Election for two-year term
Candidates for Precinct Chair run for office in the primary election each even-numbered year. A one-page notarized application must be submitted to the County Chairman within the filing period, usually September through December. Individuals may also run as write-in candidates (Sec.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 (Sec. 171.0221). If there is more than one candidate, the winner is determined by majority vote of those voting in the Republican primary election.
Appointment to fill vacancy
Any eligible person may be appointed to fill a Precinct Chairman vacancy at any time. Appointment is by majority vote of the County Executive Committee present at a properly called meeting with a quorum, unless otherwise stipulated by the Election Code (171.024-5).
The Republican Party of Brazos County will contact you regarding the status of your application.