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Title: Texas Statutory Code on Political Parties


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Texas Statutory Code on Political Parties
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In this brief section well scroll through the
major laws related to political parties as
detailed in the Election Code.Ill pull out
sections that seem especially pertinent.
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Election Code, Title 10Chapters 161 to 182
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Introductory Provisions
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General ProvisionsChapter 161Some selections
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Sec. 161.002. PARTY NAME. (a) The name of a
political party as printed on the ballot for an
election may not consist of more than three
words.(b) A party may not select for its name a
name previously assumed by another existing
party.Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 1,
eff. Jan. 1, 1986.
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Sec. 161.005. ELIGIBILITY FOR PARTY OFFICES
GENERALLY. (a) To be eligible to be a candidate
for or to serve as a county or precinct chair of
a political party, a person must(1) be a
qualified voter of the county and(2) not be a
candidate for nomination or election to, or be
the holder of, an elective office of the federal,
state, or county government.
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Sec. 161.006. HOLDING PRECINCT CONVENTION OF MORE
THAN ONE PARTY IN SAME BUILDING. A political
party may not hold a precinct convention in the
same building in which another party is holding a
precinct convention on the same day unless(1)
the rooms in which the conventions are held are
separated so that communication from one room to
the other is precluded and(2) a sign in bold
print identifying the party holding the
convention is posted at the entrance to each room.
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Sec. 161.007. UNLAWFULLY PROHIBITING EMPLOYEE
FROM ATTENDING POLITICAL CONVENTION. (a) A
person commits an offense if, with respect to
another over whom the person has authority in the
scope of employment, the person knowingly(1)
refuses to permit the other person to be absent
from work for the purpose of attending a precinct
convention in which the other person is eligible
to participate or attending a county, district,
or state convention to which the other person is
a delegate or(2) subjects or threatens to
subject the other person to a penalty for the
purpose of preventing or retaliating for the
other person's attendance at a precinct
convention in which the other person is eligible
to participate or for the other person's
attendance at a county, district, or state
convention to which the other person is a
delegate.(b) In this section, "penalty" means a
loss or reduction of wages or other benefit of
employment other than a deduction for the actual
time of absence from work.(c) An offense under
this section is a Class C misdemeanor.
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Sec. 161.008. CERTIFICATION OF NOMINEES FOR
STATEWIDE AND DISTRICT OFFICES FOR PLACEMENT ON
GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT. (a) Except as provided
by Subsection (c), the secretary of state shall
certify in writing for placement on the general
election ballot the name of each candidate
nominated at a primary election or convention of
a political party for a statewide or district
office.
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Sec. 161.009. PARTY OFFICER SUBJECT TO MANDAMUS.
The performance of a duty placed by this code
on an officer of a political party is enforceable
by writ of mandamus in the same manner as if the
party officer were a public officer.
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Sec. 161.010. CHALLENGING CONVENTION DELEGATES.
A political party holding a convention under
this title may provide by rule for challenging
the qualifications of the convention delegates
and for replacing unqualified delegates.
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Regulating Participation in Party
AffairsChapter 162Some Selections
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Sec. 162.001. AFFILIATION WITH PARTY REQUIRED.
(a) A person must be affiliated with a
political party to be eligible to(1) serve as a
delegate to or otherwise participate in a
convention held by the party under this code(2)
be elected as a member of or be appointed to fill
a vacancy on a state executive committee or(3)
be appointed to fill a vacancy on a county
executive committee.(b) The affiliation
requirement prescribed by Subsections (a)(2) and
(3) applies only during a voting year in which
the general election for state and county
officers is held and does not apply until(1)
general primary election day, for a party holding
a primary election or(2) the date of the
precinct conventions held under this title, for a
party nominating by convention.
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Sec. 162.002. ELIGIBILITY TO AFFILIATE. To be
eligible to affiliate with a political party, a
person must be(1) a registered voter or(2)
eligible to vote a limited ballot at the time of
affiliating.
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Sec. 162.003. AFFILIATION BY VOTING IN PRIMARY. A
person becomes affiliated with a political party
when the person(1) is accepted to vote in the
party's primary election or(2) applies for and
is provided an early voting or limited primary
ballot to be voted by mail.
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Sec. 162.004. AFFILIATION PROCEDURE VOTING AT
POLLING PLACE. (a) The signature roster for a
primary election must state at the top of each
page "A person commits a criminal offense if the
person knowingly votes in a primary election or
participates in a convention of a party after
having voted in a primary election or
participated in a convention of another party
during the same voting year."
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Sec. 162.007. AFFILIATION PROCEDURE TAKING OATH
AT PRECINCT CONVENTION. (a) This section applies
only to a precinct convention held under this
title by a political party making nominations by
convention.(b) On admitting a person for
participation in the convention, the temporary
chair shall administer to the person the
following oath "I swear that I have not voted in
a primary election or participated in a
convention of another party during this voting
year. I hereby affiliate myself with the
__________ Party."(c) After administering the
oath, the temporary chair shall request the
person's registration certificate and stamp the
party's name in the party affiliation space
unless the party name has already been stamped in
the space. If the person does not present a
registration certificate, the temporary chair on
the person's request shall issue the person an
affiliation certificate.
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Sec. 162.010. DURATION OF AFFILIATION. A party
affiliation expires at the end of the voting year
in which the person became affiliated.
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Sec. 162.012. INELIGIBILITY TO AFFILIATE WITH
ANOTHER PARTY. A person who is affiliated with a
political party is ineligible to become
affiliated with another political party during
the same voting year.
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Sec. 162.014. UNLAWFUL PARTICIPATION IN PARTY
AFFAIRS. (a) A person commits an offense if the
person knowingly votes or attempts to vote in a
primary election or participates or attempts to
participate in a convention of a party after
having voted in a primary election or
participated in a convention of another party
during the same voting year.(b) An offense under
this section is a Class C misdemeanor.
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Sec. 162.015. RESTRICTIONS ON CANDIDACY IN
GENERAL ELECTION BY CANDIDATE OR VOTER IN
PRIMARY. (a) A person who voted at a primary
election or who was a candidate for nomination in
a primary is ineligible for a place on the ballot
for the succeeding general election for state and
county officers as(1) an independent candidate
for an office for which a candidate was nominated
in the primary or(2) the nominee of a
political party other than the party holding the
primary in which the person voted or was a
candidate.(b) A person who was a candidate for
nomination in a primary election is ineligible
for a place on the list of write-in candidates
for the succeeding general election for state and
county officers as a write-in candidate for the
office sought by that candidate in the primary.
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Party RulesChapter 163Some Selections
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Sec. 163.002. REQUIRED RULES. A political party
that makes nominations in this state shall adopt
rules that(1) prescribe the parliamentary
procedure governing the conduct of party meetings
and conventions from the precinct level to the
state level, including(A) quorums(B) casting
and counting votes(C) operation of executive
committees(D) appointment and duties of
convention committees and(E) presentation of
matters before a convention(2) prescribe the
method of selecting the party's presidential
elector candidates(3) prescribe the manner of
selecting party officers, convention delegates,
convention alternates, and convention
officials(4) provide for representative
apportionment of party officers, convention
delegates, convention alternates, and convention
officials throughout the state on the basis of
population, party strength, or both, within the
appropriate territorial unit(5) provide for
periodic publication and publicizing of party
rules and(6) prescribe the manner of adopting
party rules and amendments to the rules.
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Sec. 163.004. ADOPTING RULES. (a) A political
party's rules, including amendments to rules,
governing or affecting its general or runoff
primary elections, conventions held under this
code, or nominees may be adopted only by(1) a
state convention or(2) the state executive
committee as a temporary rule, if adoption before
the next state convention is necessary.(b) A
temporary rule must be considered by the first
state convention following its adoption. The
state convention may rescind, modify, or ratify
the temporary rule. If the state convention fails
to act, the temporary rule expires on the day
after the date the convention adjourns.
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Sec. 163.005. FILING RULES WITH SECRETARY OF
STATE EFFECTIVE DATE. (a) The state chair shall
file a copy of each rule on electoral affairs
with the secretary of state.
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Sec. 163.007. RULES ENFORCEABLE BY MANDAMUS. A
rule on electoral affairs is enforceable by writ
of mandamus in the same manner as if the rule
were a statute.
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Parties Nominating by Primary Election
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OrganizationChapter 171 Some Selections
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Sec. 171.001. STATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
ESTABLISHED. A state executive committee is
established as provided by this subchapter for
each political party holding a primary election
in this state.
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Sec. 171.002. COMMITTEE COMPOSITION. (a) The
state executive committee consists of two members
from each state senatorial district. One of each
district's members must be a man and the other a
woman.
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Sec. 171.021. COUNTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
ESTABLISHED. For each county in which a primary
election is held, a county executive committee is
established as provided by this subchapter for
the political party holding the primary.
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Sec. 171.022. COMMITTEE COMPOSITION. (a) A county
executive committee consists of(1) a county
chair, who is the presiding officer, elected at
the general primary election by majority vote of
the qualified voters of the county who vote in
the primary on that office or appointed by the
county executive committee as provided by this
subchapter and(2) a precinct chair from each
county election precinct, elected at the general
primary by majority vote of the qualified voters
of the precinct who vote in the primary on that
office, subject to Section 171.0221, or appointed
by the county executive committee as provided by
this subchapter.(b) Except as provided by
Subsection (d), if no candidate receives a
majority of the votes, a runoff to determine the
office is conducted in the same manner as a
runoff primary election to determine a nomination
for public office. The candidates to be in a
runoff are determined in the same manner as
candidates in a runoff for a nomination.(c) Each
committee member serves for a term of two years
beginning the 20th day after runoff primary
election day.(d) The state executive committee
by rule may provide for the election of the
county chair or precinct chairs of a particular
county by plurality vote.
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Sec. 171.0221. ELECTION NOT HELD FOR OFFICE OF
PRECINCT CHAIR. (a) If only one candidate's name
is to be placed on the ballot for the office of
precinct chair and no candidate's name is to be
placed on the list of write-in candidates for
that office, the election for that office is not
held, and the unopposed candidate, if otherwise
eligible, shall be declared elected to the office
at the time of the local canvass.
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Sec. 171.023. RESIDENCE OF PRECINCT CHAIR. (a) To
be eligible to be a candidate for or to serve as
a precinct chair, a person must reside in the
election precinct in addition to satisfying the
other applicable eligibility requirements.
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Primary ElectionsChapter 172Some Selections
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Sec. 172.001. NOMINATING BY PRIMARY ELECTION
REQUIRED. Except as otherwise provided by this
code, a political party's nominees in the general
election for offices of state and county
government and the United States Congress must be
nominated by primary election, held as provided
by this code, if the party's nominee for governor
in the most recent gubernatorial general election
received 20 percent or more of the total number
of votes received by all candidates for governor
in the election.
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Sec. 172.002. NOMINATING BY PRIMARY ELECTION
AUTHORIZED. (a) Except as otherwise provided by
this code, a political party's nominees in the
general election for offices of state and county
government and the United States Congress may be
nominated by primary election, held as provided
by this code, if the party's nominee for governor
in the most recent gubernatorial general election
received at least two percent but less than 20
percent of the total number of votes received by
all candidates for governor in the election.
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Sec. 172.003. MAJORITY VOTE REQUIRED. Except as
otherwise provided by this code, to receive a
political party's nomination, a candidate in a
primary election must receive a majority of the
total number of votes received by all the
candidates for the nomination.
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Sec. 172.004. RUNOFF PRIMARY. (a) If no candidate
for nomination to a particular office receives
the vote required for nomination in the general
primary election, a runoff primary election shall
be held to determine the nomination.
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Sec. 172.021. APPLICATION REQUIRED. (a) To be
entitled to a place on the general primary
election ballot, a candidate must make an
application for a place on the ballot.
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Sec. 172.024. FILING FEE. (a) The filing fee for
a candidate for nomination in the general primary
election is as follows(1) United States senator
5,000(2) office elected statewide, except
United States senator 3,750(3) United States
representative 3,125(4) state senator
1,250(5) state representative 750(6) member,
State Board of Education 300
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Sec. 172.025. NUMBER OF PETITION SIGNATURES
REQUIRED. The minimum number of signatures that
must appear on the petition authorized by Section
172.021(b) is(1) 5,000, for a statewide office
or(2) for a district, county, or precinct
office, the lesser of(A) 500 or(B) two
percent of the total vote received in the
district, county, or precinct, as applicable, by
all the candidates for governor in the most
recent gubernatorial general election, unless
that number is under 50, in which case the
required number of signatures is the lesser
of(i) 50 or(ii) 20 percent of that total vote
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Sec. 172.085. NAME OF PARTY ON BALLOT. The name
of the political party holding a primary election
shall be placed at the top of the primary ballot.
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Sec. 172.086. PLEDGE ON BALLOT. The following
pledge shall be placed on the primary election
ballot above the listing of candidates' names "I
am a (insert appropriate political party) and
understand that I am ineligible to vote or
participate in another political party's primary
election or convention during this voting year."
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Sec. 172.087. REFERENDUM ORDERED BY STATE
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. The state executive
committee may provide by resolution that a
proposal to include a demand for specific
legislation or any other matter in the party's
platform or resolutions be submitted to a vote by
placement on the general primary election ballot.
The state executive committee shall prescribe the
wording of the proposition submitting a proposal.
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Sec. 172.090. SEPARATE BALLOT FOR OFFICE OF
PRECINCT CHAIR. (a) In a primary election in
which election precincts are consolidated, the
county executive committee may provide by
resolution, order, or other official action for
voting in a consolidated precinct by separate
paper ballot for the office of precinct chair.
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Sec. 172.1111. POSTING NOTICE OF PRECINCT
CONVENTION REQUIRED. (a) Before the opening of
the polls, the presiding judge shall post at each
outside door through which a voter may enter the
building in which the polling place is located a
written notice in bold print of the date, hour,
and place for convening the precinct convention.
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Sec. 172.116. LOCAL CANVASS. (a) The county
executive committee shall canvass the precinct
election returns for the county.
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Sec. 172.119. COUNTY ELECTION RETURNS. (a) The
county chair shall prepare county election
returns for the statewide and district offices
voted on in a primary election in the same manner
as the county returns for a general election are
prepared by the county clerk except that separate
returns for the offices of governor and
lieutenant governor are not prepared.
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Sec. 172.124. REPORTING PRECINCT RESULTS TO
SECRETARY OF STATE. (a) For each primary
election, the county chair shall prepare a report
of the number of votes, including early voting
votes, received in each county election precinct
by each candidate for a statewide office or the
office of United States representative, state
senator, or state representative, as provided by
Section 67.017 for the report of precinct results
for a general election.
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Sec. 172.127. CONTENT OF SIGN USED TO IDENTIFY
POLLING PLACE LOCATION. (a) This section applies
only to a polling place used to hold an election
for more than one political party.(b) A sign
used to indicate the location of a polling place
for a primary election or a primary runoff
election must either(1) not contain the name
of, or symbol representing, any political party
that is holding an election at the polling place
or(2) contain each name of, or each symbol
representing, a political party that is holding
an election at the polling place.
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Primary Election FinancingChapter 173Some
Selections
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Sec. 173.001. STATE FUNDS FOR PRIMARY AUTHORIZED.
(a) Subject to legislative appropriation, state
funds may be spent as provided by this chapter to
pay expenses incurred by a political party in
connection with a primary election.
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Sec. 173.002. STATE NOT LIABLE FOR PRIMARY
EXPENSES. The state is not liable for the failure
of a political party to pay expenses the party
incurs in holding a primary election.
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Sec. 173.003. EXPENSES INCURRED BY COUNTY. Except
as otherwise provided by law, the county shall
pay all the expenses incurred in connection with
early voting in a primary election, except
expenses relating to the printing of early voting
ballots, and any other expenses incurred by a
county authority in connection with a primary
election.
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Sec. 173.005. STATE COMPENSATION FOR TRAINING
ELECTION JUDGES. The maximum hourly rate payable
with state funds in a particular primary election
year to election judges serving in a primary
election for attending training programs is the
same as the maximum rate prescribed by this code
for compensation for attending a training program
for election judges appointed to serve in
elections ordered by the governor or a county
authority.
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Sec. 173.031. COUNTY PRIMARY FUND. (a) A county
primary fund is created for each county executive
committee of a political party holding a primary
election.
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Sec. 173.032. STATE PRIMARY FUND. (a) A state
primary fund is created for the state executive
committee of each political party holding a
primary election.
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ConventionsChapter 174Some Selections
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Sec. 174.002. MEDIA ACCESS. Representatives of
the broadcast and print news media are entitled
to attend a convention held under this chapter
for the purpose of reporting its proceedings.
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Sec. 174.003. DELEGATE TO BE QUALIFIED VOTER. In
addition to the requirement of party affiliation,
to be eligible to serve as a delegate to a
county, senatorial district, or state convention
held under this chapter, a person must be a
qualified voter of the territory that the person
is selected to represent or a resident of that
territory who is eligible to vote a limited
ballot.
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Sec. 174.022. TIME AND PLACE OF CONVENTION. (a)
The precinct conventions may be held in the
regular county election precincts on(1) general
primary election day and(2) a date determined
by the county executive committee that occurs not
later than the fifth day after the date of the
general primary election.
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Sec. 174.025. ORGANIZING THE CONVENTION. (a) The
precinct chair is the temporary chair of the
precinct convention held under this subchapter.
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Sec. 174.026. CONVENTION BUSINESS. After the
convention is organized, the convention shall
select its delegates to the county or senatorial
district convention and conduct any other
convention business.
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Sec. 174.063. TIME AND PLACE OF CONVENTION. (a)
The county and senatorial district conventions
shall be held on the third Saturday after general
primary election day. However, if that date
occurs during Passover or on the day following
Good Friday, the conventions shall be held on the
next Saturday that does not occur during Passover
or on the day following Good Friday.
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Sec. 174.068. VOTING AT CONVENTION. (a) The
delegates selected by a particular precinct
convention who attend the county or senatorial
district convention are entitled to cast a number
of votes equal to as many delegates as that
precinct convention was entitled to select.
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Sec. 174.091. BIENNIAL STATE CONVENTION. Each
political party shall hold a state convention in
each even-numbered year as provided by this
subchapter.
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Sec. 174.092. TIME AND PLACE OF CONVENTION. (a)
The biennial state convention shall be convened
on any day in June or July.
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Sec. 174.094. ORGANIZING THE CONVENTION. (a) The
state chair is the temporary chair of the
biennial state convention.
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Party with State OrganizationChapter 181Some
Selections
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Sec. 181.003. NOMINATING BY CONVENTION REQUIRED.
A political party must make nominations for the
general election for state and county officers by
convention, as provided by this chapter, if the
party is not required or authorized to nominate
by primary election.
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Party without a State OrganizationChapter
182Some Selections
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Sec. 182.001. NOMINATING BY CONVENTION
AUTHORIZED. A political party that does not have
a state executive committee may make nominations
for county or precinct offices by convention as
provided by this chapter.
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