With Texas redistricting tied up and delayed with court challenges and other problems, a compromise was reached between the two major parties in Texas to make some significant changes to the electoral calendar for 2012. Jared Woodfill, chairman of the Harris County Republican Party, sent out a message recently with some of the date changes:
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. (WAS MARCH 6)
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.
What is interesting in the actual order is this paragraph at the beginning:
The following schedule is contingent upon this Court entering redistricting plans for Texas House, Senate, and Congress on or before February 1, 2012. It should be carefully noted, however, that nothing in this Order should be construed as an assurance or prediction that new redistricting plans will have been ordered by February 1, 2012. This Court has no control over the timing of decisions by other courts that are involved in this process.
So the dates are set, but the districts may not be. What could go wrong?