State primary date set, but battle may not be over - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

State primary date set, but battle may not be over


One of the biggest issues in the state's redistricting battle has been resolved. Thursday, a federal court order was issued, approving the congressional maps drawn up this week, making way for a primary election on May 29. Despite the ruling, the redistricting battle may not be completely over. The federal court in San Antonio still has to issue their legal justification for how the maps were drawn and that must be reviewed by the Department of Justice.

"And that still opens up that any person or group could still file an appeal on these interim maps and put a stay or hold on the process," Dorothy Kennedy, Lubbock Elections Administrator said.

Despite that concern, Representative Charles Perry says he expects to move forward without any appeals.

"I don't think we're disenfranchising any of the voter groups out there," Perry said.

When it comes down to the new maps, Perry says he doesn't expect much fuss, because things look to stay the same in the South Plains. 

"For the West Texas area, it's not going to change. So, we're all content with what the House drew up when we left the session," Perry said.

Lubbock County Republican Chair Chris Winn says he is happy a decision was finally reached. 

"It's critical this election cycle that people express themselves," Winn said.

Winn says he still has concerns though, because of the timing of this year's primary election. He worries the date of May 29th could interfere with voters' plans for the Summer, like vacations and graduations.

"There's going to be a lot of distractions that will take people away from having the opportunity to vote," Winn said.

Still, election workers like Kennedy say they are looking forward to going on with business as usual.

"Woohoo, we have a calendar and we actually have a date to have the primary on," Kennedy said.

Beginning Friday, March 2nd candidates can start filing. They can do so through Friday, March 9th. Election officials say they plan to mail out voter registration cards on April 25th. Early voting for the primary election will begin on May 14th.

Meantime, city, county and school elections take place on Saturday May 12th.

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