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Latest Update on Texas Primaries and the Redistricting Map Chaos

The new filing period for Texas ballots for all candidates from precinct chair to U.S. President has been extended to 6:00 pm on Monday, December 19th.

Candidates for the 2012 Primary Election who are seeking to run in one of these affected districts whose lines have not been finalized, can submit their application and designate a district number from either the map passed by the Texas Legislature or the map imposed by the three-judge federal panel. Candidates at the county level who are seeking an office with a precinct designation (i.e., County Commissioner, Justice of the Peace, Precinct Chair, etc.) should also file with their intended district number. In all instances, if that district number or map is later changed, you will have the opportunity to amend or withdraw your application.

This workaround has been made possible by further direction from today’s ruling. The ruling has stated that once maps are finalized following the Supreme Court hearing in mid-January, there will be a new filing period for all primary ballot races.

During this new filing period:

  • Candidates who have already filed may amend their district designation to match the appropriate district designation for their residence.
  • Candidates who wish to withdraw their filing, will be entitled to do so. Withdrawn filings will be entitled to a refund of the filing fee.
  • New candidate filings will be accepted for all races.

Candidates filing by petition should be cautioned that only the signatures from voters who reside in the district presented in the FINALIZED map can be applied to their required totals. If you choose this method, you should be prepared to either collect additional signatures or to pay the filing fee should your district change.

Today (Dec. 15), representatives from the Texas Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Texas will enter a mediation session to discuss the date for the 2012 Primary Election. Up for discussion is a two-part primary season with Presidential, US Senate and local races remaining on the March election schedule and a May 22 date proposed for Texas House, Texas Senate & US Representative races due to the district map controversy. An alternative proposal is a consolidated early April date for all primary races.

This uncertainty makes campaign planning, fundraising, and activist action more difficult.  The good news is that grassroots leaders from across the state have a game plan and are well prepared to adapt while keeping our eyes on the goal. 

JoAnn Fleming
Executive Director (volunteer), Grassroots America – We the People

(903) 894-7204 home office or (903) 360-2858 cell
“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” –Thomas Paine, The Crisis, 1776

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