The state Democratic Party said it must abandon its traditional – but sometimes complex and confusing – primary process called the Texas Two-Step. The national party rejected the Texas plan last Friday, leaving state party leadership to revise the process in favor of a straightforward vote. The Texas primary next year falls on March 1 and is part of the Super Tuesday balloting, in which Texas will have the largest treasure trove of delegates among the 12 states voting.
Under the new plan, voters in the Texas Democratic Party will simply go to the polls, and candidates receiving a baseline of 15 percent of the vote will receive a proportionate number of delegates to the national convention.
Previously, Democratic voters cast ballots during the day, and then could return to the polling place after 7 p.m. to caucus. The rules stated that 65 percent of delegates were decided by the vote and another 35 percent were awarded by the decisions of those who returned to caucus.