Democratic Presidential Candidates Want Your Vote Twice - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/27/08

Democratic Presidential Candidates Want Your Vote Twice

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Democratic Presidential candidates want your vote, not just once but twice. 

On Tuesday we told you more Lubbock County residents have voted Democratic than Republican during early voting. However, did you know that to nominate a Democratic Presidential candidate in Texas you need to vote more than once?

Nearly two weeks ago President Bill Clinton spoke at Lubbock High School of a precinct convention.

"You go to that precinct convention. This will be the only time in your life when you can vote twice in the same election without breaking the law. That's a pretty good deal I think," President Clinton said.

This is because the Democratic Primary actually allows you to vote twice, once at the polls and then again for a delegate who supports your candidate at a precinct convention.

"You want the people who support your candidate to be there to vote for the person who's nominated to be a delegate. So that your delegate with your presidential preference gets the most votes at your precinct convention," Susan Barrick, Lubbock County Democratic Chairwoman said.  

Come voting day, voters in the Lubbock Cooper North Elementary School precinct will vote in the gym. It is the same place that folks will hold the precinct convention. In total, there will be 91 precinct conventions across Lubbock County.

"You will know who they signed in for that night as well and there can be quite a lively discussion and question and answers with these people," Barrick said.

Barrick says 2/3 of Texas's 228 Democratic Delegates are determined by your ballot vote. The other 1/3 is based on your second vote, for a delegate.

"If you want to emphasize your preference it's a good thing to do," Barrick added.

Moreover, the best way to find your precinct convention location is to look on your voter registration card.

 "Most are at the schools and churches where they will be voting, conducted from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.," Lubbock County Office of Elections Administrator Dorothy Kennedy said.

Democratic precinct conventions start at 7 p.m. on March 4th, right after the polls close.  As for the Republican Primary Election, it's winner take all.

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