A state district judge has issued a temporary restraining order barring state and Harris Co. officials from imposing filing fees on minor party candidates. District Judge Kristen Hawkins found that plaintiffs “would not have an adequate remedy at law and would suffer imminent and irreparable harm” if the new law were enforced.

Prior to this year, only Democratic and Republican candidates paid the fees, or submitted petitions and signatures in lieu thereof, as a means of financing the party’s primary elections. The Libertarian and Green Parties nominate their general election candidates in conventions. House Bill 2504 by Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) imposed those filing fees on minor party candidates even though they are not nominated in primary elections.

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