Caucus Alert: Houston Jewish leader warns of anti-Israel resolution

Lee Wunsch, the president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, has sent out an urgent e-mail urging Jewish activists to make sure they participate in the caucus portion of the voting in Texas today. He says there are “strong indications that a vile, anti-Israel resolution will come up in some precinct meetings.” The e-mail would suggest that the worries extend to both parties’ meetings. We have a call in to find out more.

Here’s the full e-mail:

Today is Election Day and I encourage you to vote today and return to your precinct convention tonight when the polls close to caucus. It is important that Jewish activists participate in the political process. It is especially important if you live in an area with few Jewish voters that you return to caucus.

We have strong indications that a vile, anti-Israel resolution will come up in some precinct meetings. In previous election cycles, similar resolutions have come forth in both the Democratic and Republican caucuses. So please, regardless of your political preference, take the time to vote for your candidate of choice and be prepared to defend Israel at your caucus.

Below is a brief explanation of how the “Texas Two-Step” works in the Democratic Primary and how the “Waltz” works in the Republican Primary as well as phone numbers for each political party.

If you don’t know your precinct, click on the “Vote” icon to your right.

Please carefully read the information below and if you are so inclined, please pass it along.

For Democrats–”The Two-Step”

Step One: Vote in the Democratic primary today, Tuesday, March 4th from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.. The primary determines two-thirds of the Texas delegates to the National Convention in August.

Step Two: Attend your caucus (precinct convention) tonight, Tuesday, March 4th at 7:15 p.m. The caucus determines one-third of the Texas delegates to the National Convention in August.

Details for Step Two:

Who: Anyone who voted in the Texas Democratic primary. Try to bring proof that you voted in the Democratic primary, either a stamped voter registration card or a receipt from the polling place. If you have neither, you may still participate in the caucus. In all events, bring your Texas Drivers License or other photo ID.

What: Sign-in for your choice for President when the caucus begins. After you have signed-in, you are free to leave or you can stay and participate in the process itself. Be prepared to stay in case there are any anti-Israel resolutions so you are available to talk and vote against them.

When: Arrive before 7:15 p.m. Note that caucuses cannot start until the polls close and anyone in line before 7:00 p.m. has the right to vote.

For more information on the Democratic Primary, contact:

* Harris County Democratic Party: 713-802-0085
* Texas Democratic Party: 512-478-9800

For Republicans–”The Waltz”

Step One: Vote in the Republican primary today, Tuesday, March 4th from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. The winner of the primary determines all of the delegates to the National Convention in September.

Step Two: Attend your caucus (precinct convention) on Tuesday, March 4th at 7:15 p.m.

Details for Step Two:

Who: Anyone who voted in the Texas Republican primary. Try to bring proof that you voted in the Republican primary, either a stamped voter registration card or a receipt from the polling place. If you have neither, you may still participate in the caucus. In all events, bring your Texas Drivers License or other photo ID.

What: The caucus determines the party activists who will become delegates. Be prepared to stay in case there are any anti-Israel resolutions so you are available to talk and vote against them.

When: Arrive before 7:15 p.m. Note that caucuses cannot start until the polls close and anyone in line before 7:00 p.m. has the right to vote.

For more information on the Republican Primary, contact:

* Harris County Republican Party: 713-838- 7900
* Texas Republican Party : 512-477-9821

We are blessed to live in the United States of America and should consider voting our privilege and responsibility. I hope you will make every effort to both vote and then, this evening, attend your party precinct conventions.

Sincerely,

Lee Wunsch
President & Chief Executive Officer

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