Barring expedited appeals and intervention by the Supreme Court, voters can expect to go to primary polls May 29.
The federal court in San Antonio has ordered Texas to hold its primary elections on the date, resolving, for now, one of the biggest issues in the state’s redistricting battles.
The three-judge panel issued the election schedule two days after releasing political maps for Texas to use in the 2012 election. Legal disputes over the maps for congressional and House districts have kept Texas from holding elections. Also settled were major deadlines that left voters and election administrators in limbo, including issuance of voter registration cards and mailing of absentee ballots.
While the court order clarifies the election schedule, some minority groups complain that the election maps are unfair and still are seeking changes.
The Smith County Republican headquarters, 3923 S. Broadway Ave. in Tyler, will be open from noon to 2 p.m. today and Monday through Thursday next week. On March 9, the headquarters will be open from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Republican Party at 903-593-0100.
Smith County Democrats will open the party office at 401 Front St., Suite 143 in Tyler, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Monday through Thursday next week. The office will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 9.
For more information, call party headquarters at 903-593-7061 or email email@example.com.
Smith County Republican Party chairman Ashton Oravetz said he’s excited a date has been settled.
“We have to get working to be ready and do the things we normally do,” Oravetz said.
The Republican Party’s county convention will be held April 21, he said.
Smith County Democratic Party chairman David Henderson said the Democratic Party’s county convention will be April 29.
Texas Secretary of State Office spokesman Rich Parsons said the state will launch a comprehensive statewide campaign to inform voters about the election date, and when and how to register and vote.
The deadline to register to vote is April 30, he said. The primary election date is May 29. The primary runoff will be July 31.