Primary election set for May 29

Below is from the Secretary of State’s Director of Elections, Keith Ingram:Please be advised that pursuant to the March 1, 2012 federal court order, which can be found at, the 2012 Primary election dates are scheduled as follows: May 29, 2012 Primary Election and July 31, 2012 Primary Runoff Election. The deadline to mail ballots to the military and overseas voters is April 14, 2012.Candidate FilingThe new, reopened filing period for primary candidates, independent candidates and minor party candidates is March 2, 2012 through March 9, 2012 at 6 p.m. Additionally, per the court order, candidates who filed during the first period will be permitted to withdraw or amend their applications during the second filing period; there are other deadlines which have been impacted as well such as deadlines to withdraw, ballot drawing, and canvassing, and we plan to update all candidate filing information (candidates guide, etc.) soon. The filing deadline of March 9, 2012 also applies to any vacancy for an unexpired term that becomes effective on or before March 1, 2012, as described in Section 202.004(b) of the Texas Election Code. County RedistrictingDeadline to change county election precinct lines is March 20, 2012. Notice requirements in Section 42.035 have been suspended. Voter Registration Mass Mail outThe new deadline to send out voter registration certificates (i.e., mass mailout) required by Section 14.001 of the Texas Election Code is April 25, 2012. Confirmation notices can be mailed anytime on or before July 1, 2012. This communication is intended to address the immediate major issues. The Elections Division will provide additional guidance as quickly as we are able. If someone wants to file for the first time, they may and need to call me at work 806-275-2702. If a candidate wants to withdraw, this is the week to do it. If a candidate wants to withdraw and refile for another office, this is the time to do it.