For a summary of the legal controversy over the original Republican-driven gerrymander, the second in less than a decade, see this article from Bloomberg. For the actual dates just issued by a federal court, courtesy of an email from the Texas Democratic Party, see below. (For clarity, I’m leaving it in black instead of blue, but it is a quotation from the TDP email. I have removed recipient-specific links.)
Election Schedule & Delegate Selection Plan
The San Antonio federal court today issued an election schedule order for a May 29, 2012 Primary. Below are some of the key dates:
March 2, 2012 Filing period re-opens. March 9, 2012 Filing period closes at 6 PM. April 9, 2012 For the elections for the Texas House and the Texas Senate, a person must be a continuous resident of the district from April 9, 2012 until the date of the General Election. April 14, 2012 General primary ballots should be mailed to voters subject to the Move Act on or before this date. April 25, 2012 Voter registration certificates should be issued to voters whose registration will be effective as of the date issued and whose name does not appear on the suspense list on or before this date. May 29, 2012 General Primary Election June 1, 2012 First day a voter can submit an application for an early mail ballot for the runoff June 8 & 9, 2012 Texas Democratic Party State Convention in Houston, TX June 10, 2012 Deadline for runoff primary candidates to withdraw from the ballot; 9 AM. June 16, 2012 Runoff ballots must have been mailed to voters on or before this date. July 31, 2012 General Primary Runoff Election September 4-6, 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC
Delegate Selection Plan
The Texas Democratic Party updated its Delegate Selection Plan to accommodate the changing election dates and to keep our state convention on June 8-9, 2012. You can download a copy of the TDP’s Delegate Selection Plan here, and a summary of the proposed convention process here.
Highlights of the TDP’s modified Delegate Selection Plan include:
County/Senate District Conventions
The Texas Convention and Delegate Selection Process this year will skip precinct conventions and begin on April 21, 2012 at County/Senatorial District Conventions.
County vs. SDEC Convention
Counties totally contained within one senate district will hold county conventions; whereas counties having more than one or parts of more than one senate district will hold senatorial district conventions.
The conventions will be open to any qualified voter who signs an oath of affiliation with the Democratic Party. Signers cannot vote or participate in another political party’s process during this election cycle.
Every participant who signs in is entitled to participate as a delegate and will count proportionately towards the percentage of delegates to the State Convention. Each sign-in will also count as a single vote in the participant’s senate district of residence. These single votes shall be tallied with all the other votes in the senate district to determine the percentage of the senate district’s District Level Delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
NOTE: this schedule leaves Texas out of Super Tuesday (that’s next Tuesday), thereby weakening the effect of the primary result. But at least there will be a primary… well, there will, unless the Supreme Court sticks its oar in the process again.