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Abolish the Texas 2 step

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Editor, Cow Country Courier

Political bosses have been known to urge their lackeys to "vote early and often" in elections.

The phrase has even been turned into a running joke.

But here in Texas we have a highly questionable system of selecting pledged delegates which not only allows, but encourages, voting twice in the same election.

After voting in the Democratic Primary a voter can return that evening and vote a second time in his precinct caucus.

Both votes are for choosing pledged delegates: two-thirds of the pledged delegates are chosen by the primary votes and one-third by the caucus votes.

Thus of Texas’ 228 delegates 126 are chosen by the voters in the primary, an additional 67 by caucus and the additional 35 are super delegates.

So the Texas caucus system transfers much of the power from the people to the power brokers of the Democratic Party.

This system should be abolished.

And with one further step we might eliminate the so-called super delegates.

As far as this election is concerned we must follow the established rules, but if we don’t like them, now is the proper time to begin taking action to change the rules for future elections.

For that purpose I presented a resolution to the Gonzales County Precinct #6 caucus as follows:

"Be it resolved that the Texas Democratic Party eliminate the selection of delegates by caucus, in favor of all delegates being selected by the voice of the people as expressed by the voters in the Democratic Primary."

The principle of equal representation is violated by the present caucus system.

Since I vote in both the primary and in the caucus my votes will have more than twice the impact as that of someone who votes only in the primary.

This is an obvious violation of the "one man one vote" principle.

We can do a better job of advocating and protecting democracy than this!


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