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If you want to attend the precinct convention (caucus) but have to work...

by: MarkCamann

Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 06:28 AM CST

(Interesting and good to know... - promoted by Matt Glazer)

You have a right to take part in the precinct convention of your party if you voted in the 2008 primary for that same party.  Your work schedule cannot interfere with that right.  Here's what the Texas Election Code says:

(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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Still doesn't help if you will be out of town. (0.00 / 0)
If you aren't going to be in your precinct the night of the caucus, you still can't be involved.  =\

Now that might make an interesting legal case (0.00 / 0)
I didn't know this was in our code.  Good find.

Mandatory Vote Day! (0.00 / 0)
Instead of worrying about taking time off to go vote or go to your precinct convention we should have a mandatory Vote Day.  As an Election Judge in Harris County it is becoming nearly impossible to find people to work at the polls.  I've made over 50 phone calls and still have slots to fill.  If people had the day off we wouldn't have this problem.  Can we make this a resolution this year?

Mandatory Vote Day... I'm all for it (0.00 / 0)
That's an excellent suggestion. Can you write up a resolution and post in on the "Precinct Resolutions" thread? I'd like to use it in my precinct.

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this is awesome! (0.00 / 0)
thanks for sharing.

my employee handbook actually says i can take up to two hours off to vote. i've never heard of anyone actually using it, though.

just saw this (0.00 / 0)
thank you for the heads up.  My sister has to work that night, but I'm making sure she knows about this so she can get time off.

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