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Election filing deadline pushed back

By Victoria Advocate
Dec. 14, 2011 at 6:14 a.m.


A closer look at the federal court order:

The filing deadline for all federal, state, county and local offices is 6 p.m., Monday. The court will later reopen the filing period, where applicants can file, amend or withdraw applications.Any candidate filing fees, which are not refundable under state law, will be refundable to those who withdraw their applications.Applications filed may be withdrawn or amended with a refund of any filing fees.If changes in county election precinct boundaries are necessary, each commissioners court will order the changes before a yet-to-be-determined date.The Republican Party of Texas and Texas Democratic Party may accept applications for the Texas House of Representatives, Texas State Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Applicants must list their lawful residence and the district they believe is correct for the office sought. Applications can be amended during the reopened filing period to include correct information.For the purposes of 2012 elections, Section 163.006 of the election code is suspended to allow parties to make emergency rule changes to comply with court orders.Source: Federal court order, posted on the Texas Secretary of State website

Potential candidates have a little more time to get their filings organized.

A federal court order on Tuesday pushed back the primary filing deadline for all federal, state, county and local offices to 6 p.m., Monday.

The original deadline was Thursday, said George Matthews, Victoria County elections administrator.

The change was one of several amendments made because of ongoing redistricting issues, according to the court filing posted on the Texas Secretary of State website.

Candidates must reside in the district they seek to represent, as of a date to be later determined by the court, according to the federal document. Also, an incorrect precinct, district or office designation on the ballot will be accepted, as long as the designation is corrected on or before a yet-to-be-determined deadline.

For more information, contact the Victoria County Elections Office at 361-576-0124.

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