Understanding How the Caucus Works

Monday election judges spent their time picking up their equipment for tomorrow's election. For the first time in about 50-years Texas will play a major role in the presidential primaries. That's why voters are being encouraged to participate in the caucus or precinct convention.

Jim Wark, the Democratic chair for Angelina County, said, "Tomorrow evening after the voting is completed, the voters in the precinct they live in, after they voted in the primary election, in that precinct, will attend a caucus or precinct convention."

Anyone can attend, but you must have voted in this primary election, you must live in the precinct you voted in, and even if you don't have your voter registration or a card that was issued to you, the election judge should have verification that you voted.

Bob Flournoy, the Republican chair for Angelina County, said, "It's very important to participate in this process and your participating in the precinct convention.  If you want to be a delegate to the state convention that's where it starts."

This is how it works on the democratic side.

Wark said, "At the local precinct convention the delegates will be chosen based on the candidates they voted on, and they will sign in on a sheet, put their preference and then they'll be selected.  The delegates in each precinct are determined by the votes that Chris Bell as the democratic candidate for governor in November 2006 received in that precinct."

For example, Wark says if he obtained only 60-votes in a precinct, you would divide 15 into that, which would be four, so four delegates would go to the county convention from that precinct.

Both chairs agree that, whatever your party, this is the year to make sure you cast a ballot.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.