Housekeeping: Federal court delays first day to file

If you didn’t vote early, don’t forget to vote Tuesday!

A lot of you have been following the Texas redistricting saga. Right now, it’s being played out in two different federal courtrooms; one in San Antonio and the other in Washington.

The two court hearings are just part of the fight Latinos and Democratic interests have mounted to slow the worst of the 82nd Legislature’s attempts to suppress minority, student, senior, poor and rural voters.

One of those efforts is a move to disenfranchise Latino voters by drawing maps that favored GOP candidates and lessened their chances to choose candidates, especially in districts around Corpus Christi and San Antonio.

It was growth in our Latino population that drove the state’s gains in the 2010 Census. That growth gave Texas a few extra seats in Congress and should have given Latinos greater representation in Washington and in Austin. But, the Texas Legislature seemed to ignore this when they re-drew election district boundaries earlier this year.

Well, those maps are the subjects of several lawsuits. Milam County’s political boundaries won’t be affected by the state’s redistricting battles but any new map could have an impact on who represents us in the Texas House and Senate, and in Washington.

Until they are cleared, the maps aren’t real. Until they are real, state and regional candidates can’t file for a place on the ballot. Since there are no new maps on the horizon, the federal court in San Antonio issued an order Friday delaying the first day to file for a place on the ballot in the March 2012 Primary Election.

Saturday had been the first day to file. Now it will be the Monday after Thanksgiving and the deadline to file will be 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.

I’ll have the Democratic Headquarters office at 112 E. 1st Street in Cameron open 8:30-10 a.m., and from 3-5 p.m. on Nov. 28, and then by appointment. If you’re interested in running, give me a call at 512-760-5748 or to make an appointment.


About Richard Stone

... is a husband, a father, a writer, a journalist, an activist, an avid reader of trash science fiction and an occasional folk/bluegrass guitar player. He loves to travel, UT sports, community theater and sharing a good bottle of wine with good friends.
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