AUSTIN (AP) The Texas Republican and Democratic parties have agreed on an April 3 as the day to hold a primary vote.
Texas was forced to delay the primary from March 6 because of a dispute over political redistricting. A federal court has refused to approve a map drafted by the Legislature, and the U.S. Supreme Court has put on hold a map drawn by a panel of three federal judges.
The courts asked the political parties to come up with an alternative date. The parties announced they’d reached an agreement on Friday and will submit their proposal to the court for approval. By then the courts should have worked out a redistricting map for the 2012 elections.
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Notable details of the agreement submitted to the panel are as follows:
•February 1, 2012 – New residency deadline for candidates seeking election to the Texas House and Texas Senate.
•February 1, 2012, 6:00pm – New deadline of court-ordered reopened filing period, in which candidates for all offices have the opportunity to amend, withdraw or file a new application for the ballot.
•February 3, 2012 – New deadline for County Executive Committees to conduct drawing for candidate order on ballot.
•April 3, 2012 – Date of the 2012 General Primary Election.
•April 14 or April 21, 2012 – Date of County and Senatorial District Conventions, as determined by the State Chair of each political party.
•June 5, 2012 – Date of the 2012 General Primary Runoff Election.
If signed by the three-judge panel – nothing in the order shall be construed by the Court or the parties as a waiver of the positions of each party with respect to the schedule or conduct of the upcoming election. The parties’ positions as stated at the December 13, 2011 hearing are expressly reserved.
Additionally, the Republican and Democratic parties have agreed that it is necessary to have a primary early enough in April to allow them to conduct their statutorily required conventions as previously planned.