TEXAS REDISTRICTING & ELECTION LAW

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LULAC told the San Antonio court last night in a filing that it strongly opposed having a split primary as the State of Texas has suggested.

LULAC told the court that two primaries meant that counties would be required to redraw precincts and issue new voter cards twice- something LULAC said would cost Bexar County alone an additional $300,000 that it had not budgeted for.

LULAC also noted that counties, rather than the state, would be responsible for paying for the costs of early voting for two primaries, which would be an added burden for counties where there otherwise would be are no runoff elections. (The early voting period for runoff elections also is shorter than for the main primary election.)  

The pleading also expressed concerns about ‘voter fatigue caused by having two primary elections in the six-month period before the November general election.

Here’s LULAC’s filing:

http://tinyurl.com/7tu92u5

If other parties file positions about the primary, I’ll post them below.  The San Antonio court is scheduled to hold a status conference about the election schedule Tuesday at 10 a.m.

UPDATE 1:  The Texas Tribune has this quote from Chad Dunn, general counsel, of the Texas Democratic Party:

Lawyers for the Texas Democratic Party and for some of the minorities who sued the state over the Legislature’s maps say the elections should be left alone until the courts settle on a map. If that turns out to be the map drawn by the San Antonio court, there’s no reason to delay the primary, they argue. If it’s not, all of the primaries could be postponed and held on a single date. “Let’s give the election a chance to go ahead until we know something different,” said Chad Dunn, an attorney for the Democratic Party. “If there are major adjustments to the maps, then we can adjust the dates.” 

Here’s the full article:

http://tinyurl.com/ct7qx6x

UPDATE 2:  As promised over the weekend, the State of Texas has filed a motion with the San Antonio court to stay only deadlines related to state house, state senate, and congressional districts.  The filing notation indicates that the motion is opposed, but the state did not include a certificate of conference providing greater detail.  No official statement yet of the redistricting plaintiffs’ position or that of the Democratic and Republican parties.

Here’s the state’s motion:

http://tinyurl.com/7qy527x

UPDATE 3:  The Republican Party of Texas has filed its proposed changes to the election schedule.

They can be found here:

http://tinyurl.com/c6xrn48