Upon arrival at Boys State each citizen is assigned to one of two "fictional" political parties, which are the "Nationalists" and the "Federalists" at Texas Boys State. The entire program is non-partisan and problems considered are without reference to any existing political party and will be free from propaganda. The sole purpose is to enable the citizens of Boys State to grasp the meaning of some of the responsibilities to assume upon becoming an adult. Because of the time element and nature of the program, political party structure at Boys State, in some instances, differs from the realistic situation.
Each Boys State city has approximately 40-45 citizens and each city is as nearly balanced as possible between the two parties. All the citizens of the same political party within the city comprise a party precinct. From each two-party precinct seven of its citizens are chosen as voting delegates to the political party’s County Convention with one of the seven serving as the Precinct Chairman. (See the City-County-District Organization Diagram in this section.) At the County Convention, seven voting delegates, one of whom serves as the County Chairman, are chosen to represent the county at the Statewide Party Convention where state-level party business is conducted and committees, such as the Platform Committee and Rules Committee, are designated. State Convention Delegates elect a State Party Chairman, Party Whips, and other officials they deem necessary. Although voting delegates are elected to the County and State Conventions, all other party members attend the various party level meetings. Each Boys Stater seeking a party nomination for any elected city, county, district, or state office may obtain the filing form from his city counselor at the city orientation. The completed form with the necessary signatures will be submitted with the correct change filing fee to his precinct chairman prior to the deadline listed in the details of the Election Procedure in this section of the manual. The filing fee for State Offices is $1.00, District Offices is $.50, County and City are $.25. Remember: no changes will be made nor petitions accepted after the deadline.
Each candidate will be responsible for the correct completion of his filing form. Each office (see the section of "Boys State Elected Officials" area of the website for a complete list of offices) requires endorsing signatures as follows: State Offices – 30 names; District – 12; County – 8; and House/Senate – 4. These signatures may be obtained only from party members who are residents of the political sub-division served by the office. For example, a candidate for Governor may get signatures from any Boys Stater in his party whereas a candidate for District Judge may get signatures only from party residents of his district. The petitions will be checked and violations will disqualify the candidate. Each Boys Statesman may sign only as many petitions for an office as there are positions to be elected. For example: Sign only one petition for Attorney General but may sign four for County Commissioner.
Ballots will be prepared more rapidly if the candidate will use the proper identification numbers in the upper-right corner of the filing form. A space will be available for the candidate’s "Office Identification Number" and for the "Political Sub-division Number". The proper numbers can be found by referring to the sections on "Boys State Elected Officials" and the diagram of the "Boys State City County District Organization." For example: If a resident of Berry City seeks the office of District Judge, his "office number" would be 301 and his "political sub-division number" would be 40. All candidates for State Offices will use number 50 for the "political sub-division."
Following the Run-Off Primary Election, the party’s County and State chairmen may submit in writing the names of candidates to fill any vacancies for the General Election. The State Chairman may submit names for vacancies in State Offices, while the County Chairman may submit names for any vacancies on the county or district ballot. These additions to the ballot may be made only through the proper chairman and not from individual Boys Staters.
Each Precinct, County and State Chairman is responsible for certifying the ballots. Each should report the correctness or errors to Election Headquarters before deadline. Additions or corrections will not be made after the deadline. Each party has Party Advisors to aid in the development of the organization and to preside over the State Party Convention until a State Party Chairman is chosen by the delegates. County and District Advisors will aid the Party Advisor on their levels. Each participant should study the program schedule to keep pace with developments.
Campaign supplies (paint, paper, thumb tacks, etc.) provided by the Boys State Program to all candidates in the General Election campaigns. Campaign materials brought to Boys State are not to be used. Campaign materials can be obtained by both Party's Campaign Committees at Election Headquarters.
Election results are tabulated before observers by election officials under the supervision of staff members and posted as soon as possible. Official Results will be posted outside of Boys State Headquarters. Elected officials function in the positions following their inauguration and Oath of Office. (See Constitution Article VII).
Citizens seeking appointments to positions may make application with the elected officials who will administer the Oath of Office. Each citizen of Boys State should work towards the attainment of some office, either elective or appointive.
Associate Justices, Court of Criminal Appeals — 3 minutes
Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals — 3 minutes
Associates of Supreme Court — 3 minutes
Chief Justice Supreme Court — 3 minutes
Railroad Commissioner — 3 minutes
Commissioner of Agriculture — 3 minutes
Comptroller of Accounts — 3 minutes
Commissioner of Land Office — 3 minutes
Attorney General — 5 minutes
Lieutenant Governor — 5 minutes
Governor — 10 minutes
(Requires 4 qualified signatures from candidate’s city and party; filing fee is 25¢)
(Requires 8 qualified signatures from the candidate’s county and party; filing fee is 25¢)
(Requires 12 qualified signatures from candidate’s district and party; filing fee is 50¢)
(Requires 30 qualified signatures from candidate’s party; filing fee is $1.00)
Cities are named for former Ameircan Legion Department of Texas Commanders who are now deceased. Counties are named for other deceased former Department Commanders.
District are named for deceased past National Commanders from Texas; Alvin M. Owsley, Henry D. Lindsley and S. Perry Brown. Fred Young is a deceased past Department Adjutant of Texas.
Election Note: The number by each political sub-division (City, County, District) is the "political sub-division identification number" which must appear on the election form. For all State Offices use the number 50.
Speeches for Attorney General, Lt. Governor & Governor
Runoff speeches for County Offices; County Chairmen co-preside
General Election speeches for District Offices; County Charimen from each party co-preside
State Party office candidates are rotated among teh various sites to give speeches
Citizens will vote during posted hours only
Precinct Chairman will preside at Election and explain procedures