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Fri., March 9, 2012

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

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