Filing period for Texas primary opens

Texas primary to be held May 29

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AUSTIN, Texas - The filing period for candidates planning to run in the May 29 Texas primary begins Friday and closes on March 9.

The federal court in San Antonio ordered Texas to hold its primary elections on May 29, resolving for now one of the biggest issues in the state's redistricting battles.

Thursday, the three-judge panel issued the election schedule two days after releasing political maps for Texas to use in the 2012 election.

Legal disputes over the maps for congressional and House districts have kept Texas from holding elections.

County election officials will mail out voter registration cards on April 25.

Any runoff elections will be held on July 31.

While the court order clarifies the election schedule, some minority groups complain that the election maps are unfair and are seeking changes.

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