Texans, this is the latest from the Western District Court which has now signed a joint proposal submitted by both the Texas Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Texas for the upcoming 2012 elections.
The new order includes some of the following changes to the elections schedule:
February 1, 2012 - New residency deadline for candidates seeking election to the Texas House and Texas Senate. (There is no residency requirement for Congress).
February 1, 2012, 6:00 p.m. - 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 Democratic and Republican county executive committees to conduct drawing for candidate order on ballot. (This means there will be no Ballot Draw on December 20 as previously scheduled.)
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.
The joint agreement provides for a unified Primary that will be the best for the voters of Texas and Harris County.