HCDP Virtual County Convention 2020

Important Changes

Our county convention scheduled for Saturday, March 21, will NOT be held at Goodnight Middle School as originally planned, but we will stream a virtual convention from the Hays County Democrats Facebook PageWe encourage all Hays County Democrats to stay home and tune in at 10 a.m.

In the interest of personal health and safety, and based on guidance from the Texas Democratic Party and our government officials regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, we will be conducting only the minimum required business at the meeting. For more information, see the Hays County’s emergency disaster declaration issued on Monday or the Hays County Emergency Information website.

The county chair and nominations committee will create a delegate list from those people who have preregistered for the county convention online.

You do NOT need to be present on Saturday, March 21, to be considered as a delegate for the Texas Democratic Convention in San Antonio, June 4-6.

Stay safe,
Donna Haschke, HCDP Chair

Preregister for the Convention

Agenda: Saturday, March 21

  • Call to order at 10 a.m.
  • Nominations Committee
    • The county chair and the chair of the nominations committee will create a delegate list for the state convention from those who preregistered for the county convention online.
  • Resolutions Committee
    • The chair of the resolutions committee will make a motion to forward resolutions received before the county convention to the TDP Temporary Resolutions Committee or to the appropriate local officials if the resolution is for a local issue.
  • Adjournment

UPDATED: Delegate Selection Process

Updated as of Saturday, March 21 based on Texas Democratic Party guidance.

Per procedures outlined by Texas Democratic Party that are unique for this year anyone who has preregistered for the convention by 11:59 p.m. on March 21 will be placed on our delegate roster, assuming they are eligible and vetted by the Credentials Committee.

For example, a person who voted in the Republican Primary would not be eligible to be a delegate. If a delegation is not complete, the current rules allow the Convention Chair to add names until it is complete for a period of 30 days, which is April 20.

If there are more people who request to be a state delegate by March 21 — today — than our county or a senatorial district has slots, we will deal with this by putting everyone on the list who asks to be a state delegate.

Current rules state that each county or SD always votes their full delegate strength. If our delegation is bigger than our allocated number of delegates, we will prorate votes on any vote at the state convention.

We are encouraging people to ask others to continue to sign up today at 2020.texasdemocrats.org to ensure we have a state delegation that represents Hays County.

Delegate Counts Based on Precinct Turnout

Delegate allocations are determined based on Texas Senate district, and Hays County has parts of both Senate District 21 and Senate District 25.

State Convention Delegates by Precinct 
These are the delegate allocations for each precinct and Texas Senate district that will be selected at the county convention within the time limits available under our revised guidelines. HCDP will strive to ensure that our delegation has as much diversity as possible.

Senate District 21 (Download the PDF by clicking here)
34 delegates: 24 precinct delegates, 10 at-large delegates

Senate District 25 (Download the PDF by clicking here)
97 delegates: 76 precinct delegates, 21 at-large delegates

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is attendance at the county convention required to be a state delegate?

In-person attendance is not required, but you must preregister at 2020.texasdemocrats.org to be considered as a delegate.

How do I designate my presidential preference if I have already registered as a delegate?

The Texas Democratic Party has updated the registration form to collect this information. If you filled out the registration before it was updated and did not mark which presidential candidate you would like to represent at the state and national conventions, please complete the registration form again to add your selection.

How do I submit a resolution for consideration?

Send your resolutions to Diana Robinson, chair of the resolutions committee, at diana@hayscountydemocrats.org by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 19. For more information about writing resolutions, see our post on the Hays County Democratic Party website.

Why can’t we cancel or reschedule the convention?

Texas Election Law requires us to hold a convention to select delegates to the Texas Democratic Convention. Texas Democratic Party rules require that the county convention be conducted on the third Saturday after the primary election, which is March 21. Rescheduling or canceling the county convention is not an option. In adherence with TDP guidelines, we have chosen to have a pro forma virtual convention that will allow us to conduct only the business necessary to send a complete delegation and submit resolutions received in a timely manner to the state convention.

How can I watch the livestream of the convention?

The virtual convention will be streamed on the Hays County Democratic Party’s Facebook Page, beginning at 10 a.m. You don’t have to have a Facebook account to watch.

Where can I find more information about COVID-19 in Hays County?

For more information about COVID-19 related news in Hays County, please visit Hays County’s Emergency Information website.

What if I still have questions?

Please feel free to email us at info@hayscountydemocrats.org and we will respond to questions via email.