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Election Advisory No. 2012-07

To: All County Officials (CC/EA/VR/County Chairs)
From: Keith Ingram, Director of Elections
Date: April 4, 2012
RE: Court-Ordered Party Convention List Procedures

Summary

This memorandum is to advise you of certain procedures affecting the voter registration lists used in the primary elections, added by the federal court orders in the redistricting litigation.    

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division (“the federal court”), issued an order in the federal redistricting case (“federal court order”) on February 28, 2012, adding to the statutory election day procedures for the primary elections by requiring notations to the list of registered voters to indicate convention attendance (affecting the primary and runoff primary lists) to limit persons from participating in activities of more than one political party.  This is in addition to the current law requiring notations showing voting records for lists in the primary runoff.  These notations are based on information supplied by the parties who hold primaries; specifically, the parties will deliver to the county voter registrar lists of convention attendees who subscribed to the Oath of Affiliation.  The requirement does not apply to parties who choose nominees by convention.  During early voting and on election day, a voter who thinks a party notation is incorrect may counter this by taking the Oath of Affiliation (PDF), following the procedures in the enclosed Insert for the Handbook for Election Judges and ClerksSee Election Code Sections 162.007, 172.125. 

General Sequence of Events

Please also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and the Election Judges and Clerks Handbook Insert for New Party Convention List Procedures regarding the above processes.

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