The Republican and the Democratic parties of Texas have hammered out an agreement to push back the primary election date by nearly a month.
The agreement to move the primary from March 6 to April 3 was reached today in light of the decision by the Supreme Court to halt the implementation of political boundary maps drawn by a panel of three federal judges in San Antonio.
The agreement reached by both parties must still be approved by the panel of federal judges.
“Given the less than ideal circumstances, we think that this election schedule is a workable solution that will create the least confusion for the voters,” Texas Democratic Party Chairman Boyd Richie said in a statement. “We’re pleased that the agreement maintains a unified primary which will save taxpayers money.”
Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri said he hoped that all those affected would be satisfied with the proposal.
“We are hopeful that with both a timely ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court and subsequent finalized maps, that this agreement not only preserves the original structure of a unified primary, but provides us enough time to accomplish it in a fair and orderly fashion,” Munisteri said. “Furthermore, this agreement addresses the concern of both the TDP and RPT by providing a timeline which still allows us to hold our respective state conventions and national delegate selection in June."
Below are some date changes agreed to by the parties:
· 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.