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The San Antonio panel has signed the proposed order on election deadlines reflecting the deal announced on the record yesterday by lawyers for the Democratic and Republican parties.  

More changes will be forthcoming as the parties continue to negotiate over a primary date, but, for now, here’s what’s changed:

  • The filing deadline for all federal, state, county, and local offices is extended until Monday, December 19, at 6 p.m. (local time).  The order provides that the filing period will be reopened at a later date after legislative and congressional maps are done to let additional candidates file or let existing candidates amend or withdraw their applications. 
  • Any currently filed candidate may withdraw his or her application and obtain a full refund of the filing fee.
  • Candidates may continue to file for state house, state senate, and congressional seats.  To file, candidates need only to list their lawful residence as of the date of the application and the district they want to run in.  Candidates may chose either the state’s map or the court-drawn interim map.  Candidates will have an opportunity to amend their applications at a later date.
  • The court will determine residency requirements at a later date,
  • The court will set a date in the future by which commissioners courts must redraw precinct boundaries if required by the ultimate congressional and legislative district lines. 
  • The requirement in the Texas Election Code that party rule changes be filed with the Texas Secretary of State on or before the 30th day before precinct conventions is suspended for the 2012 cycle.

Here’s the signed order: