The ongoing response to slow the spread of COVID-19 continues to interfere with election calendars. All four of the state’s qualified political parties are taking steps to postpone or alter the in-person nature of their state conventions, all of which were originally scheduled to occur within the next two months.

The State Republican Executive Committee proposed rescheduling the state convention by two months to July 13-18. It will remain in Houston. The move will need to be ratified at a yet to be scheduled in-person SREC meeting. State chair James Dickey appointed a working group to explore “systems to use in place of in-person meetings – if that becomes necessary – and how those systems might scale to our State Convention as well.”

The Texas Democratic Party will hold its convention, scheduled for June 4-6, digitally. “We view this as an opportunity to do something groundbreaking: by moving into a digital forum, we will make it easier for individuals across Texas to participate by removing barriers associated with travel costs, missed work, or physical ability,” state chair Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement.

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