Election Filing Dates Come Earlier This Year
Published Sept. 9, 2011 @ noon
To make it possible for the state of Texas to accommodate the new federal requirements relating to military and overseas voters, significant changes have been made to the local election calendar. These changes primarily affect filing dates for a place on the ballot; however the primary runoff election date has also changed. First and last day to file are now approximately two weeks earlier than in the past.
The local election calendar is:
November 12, 2011 First day to file for a place on the ballot
December 12, 2011 Last day to file for a place on the ballot
February 21, 2012 First day of early voting
March 2, 2012 Last day of early voting
March 6, 2012 Primary election date
May 12, 2012 Limited uniform election date
May 22, 2012 Primary runoff election date
Nov. 6, 2012 Uniform election date
The new Federal Military Overseas Empowerment Act (MOVE), SB 100 facilitates the voting process for military and overseas voters who often encounter problems and time delays with the standard vote-by-mail process. SB 100 requires ballots to be mailed or emailed to military and overseas voters not later than the 45th day before Election Day.