Letters to the Editor: The Precinct and County Conventions
This year is a very special and different kind of election year. Because of the decennial census, meant to determine the population numbers for means of representation at all levels of government, the Texas Legislature worked through the last session to redraw the district lines for federal Representatives, and state House and Senate districts.
Because the lines were drawn by the republican majority, to benefit the republican majority of the state, minority special interest groups and democrats sued and an activist federal court in San Antonio threw out the map and imposed there own map instead.
This fight went all the way to the Supreme Court and back to Texas and the courts here to finally come up with approved District lines.
The long and involved legal challenge has pushed our Primary Election all the way to May 29, when many feel it will be too late to affect the Presidential Race, the headliner for this cycle.
For many, the presidential election is the only reason they vote. Many voters just do not pay attention to the ‘down ballot’.
What is different this year is that we will have our precinct and county conventions before the actual election!
On Saturday April 14, anyone who wants to be involved in the Republican Party’s convention process can gather at the Waxahachie Civic Center at 9 a.m. for grass roots politics at its core.
You will just have to three easy steps for full involvement: You have to have been registered to vote by March 15, you will have to take an ‘Oath of Allegiance’ to the Party, and agree (under penalty of law) not to vote in any other Party’s Primary this year.
If you want to help us make a difference, if you want to have some say in the way the Platform is written, show up on Saturday morning, bring a resolution or two (in triplicate), show up with “We the People” and make your voice heard.
You will also be able to meet the candidates that are on the primary ballot, which is also different this year. I hope to see you there!