Mark Your Calendar
Barring further legal appeals, May 29 will be the date of the long-awaited, long-delayed 2012 Texas primaries. On March 1, the San Antonio federal court issued an order setting the new date. The order also reopened campaign filings and established a new election calendar. However, with the run-off scheduled for July 31, some candidates may find themselves with only three months to mount a general election campaign.
March 9 Extended filing closes. Deadline for candidates who have already filed to amend their filing.
March 12 Candidate lists must be filed with the Secretary of State and with county parties. County chairs draw ballot order. Deadline to remove a candidate's name if they die, withdraw, or are declared ineligible.
March 20 Last day for county commissioners to approve precinct changes
March 30 First day to apply for postal ballot
April 14 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act deadline for election officers to mail military and overseas postal ballots.
April 21 Travis County Democratic and Republican party county conventions
April 25 Voter registration cards issued
May 29 Primary election
June 1 Deadline to file as precinct chair
June 11 Deadline to withdraw from run-off ballot
June 12 Ballot drawing for run-off
July 31 Runoff and precinct chair elections