The Senate approved legislation that would move this year’s filing period and next year’s primary and primary runoff elections based on when a redistricting plan becomes law. Senate Bill 1822 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) would establish temporary provisions in the Election Code that would be triggered depending on when redistricting plans can be created by the Legislature.
- The primary would remain on March 1, and the runoff on May 24, if a redistricting plan becomes law on or before November 22, 2021. A truncated filing period would run from November 29 through December 13.
- The primary would be held on April 5, and the runoff on June 21, if a redistricting plan becomes law between November 23 and on or before January 3. The filing period would run January 10-24.
- The primary would be held on May 24, and the runoff on July 26, if a redistricting plan becomes law between January 4 and February 14. The filing period would run from February 21 through March 7.
The bill gives the Secretary of State the discretion to set the election dates and filing period for any redistricting plan that becomes law after February 14. For purposes of the bill, a plan becomes law when it is signed by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) or becomes law without his signature.
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