Election Corner 2012
Update from Garza County District and County Clerk
Published March 8, 2012 @ 10:15 a.m.
May 29, 2012, Primary Elections
For Republican and Democratic Parties
Because of challenges to the Texas’ legislative and congressional redistricting plans adopted by the 82nd Legislature earlier in 2011, on March 1, 2012, a three-judge federal panel in San Antonio issued another Order that moved the date of the Primary Elections, therefore significantly altering deadlines for candidate filing and other county election procedures for the May 29, 2012 (new date) Primary Elections. (NOTE: Dates changed by Federal Court Orders issued 11/04/2011, 12/13/2011, and 03/01/2012.)
The March 1 court Order changed and added a filing period for candidates:
March 2, 2012: Candidate filing period reopens after legislative and congressional maps are finalized. Candidates may file for any federal, state, county, or local office during this time, switch races, or withdraw earlier applications.
March 9, 2012 @ 6:00 p.m. - End of filing period for all federal, state, county, or local offices. Also, it’s the deadline to file for a vacancy in an unexpired term.
Filing for a place on a Primary ballot:
Interested individuals may file with the party of their choice:
For county and precinct offices, file with County Party Chair. For state and district offices, file with Texas Secretary of State.
Republican Party County Chair: Trevor Thuett, (806) 777-8388, email@example.com
Democratic Party County Chair: Bebe Boren, (806) 629-4475, firstname.lastname@example.org
Filing as an Independent:
Independent candidates must file a written “Declaration of Intent” form during the period for filing for a place on the ballot, by March 9, 2012, to be on the November General Election Ballot. (In addition, Independent candidates must file “Independent Candidate’s Application for a Place on the General Election Ballot” form together with a petition no later than 5 PM on Friday, June 29, 2012.)
For county and precinct offices, file with County Judge. For state and district offices, file with Secretary of State.
A person who votes in a party’s primary election (May 29, 2012) is ineligible to be an Independent candidate in the succeeding general election [Election Code Section 162.015].
Information provided by the Garza County District and County Clerk’s office. For more information, visit www.GarzaCounty.net, then click ‘Elections’.