By Nanette Forbes
SB 100 by Sen. Leticia Van De Putte (D-San Antonio) and the companion bill HB 111 by Rep. Van Taylor (R-Plano), both of which propose changes to the present election calendar, were heard in committee this week. The bills would change election dates for the state to accommodate the requirement of the federal Military Overseas Voting Empowerment Act, which allows 45 days for processing of military overseas ballots.
Senate State Affairs voted SB 100 out of committee with the following election dates:
- December 19, 2011, Primary Filing Deadline (Triggers the constitutional resign-to run provision.)
- March 6, 2012, Primary Election Day
- May 22, 2012, Runoff Primary Election Day
- June 9, 2012, June Uniform Election Date
- Provides for a May Uniform Election Date on the second Saturday in May in an odd-numbered year.
The House Committee on Defense and Veteran’s Affairs laid out HB 111 with substitute language that proposed the following election dates:
- January 2, 2012, Primary Filing Deadline
- April 3, 2012, Primary Election Day
- June 19, 2012, Runoff Primary Election Day
- January 6, 2012, General Election and Local Elections
- Provides for a May Uniform Date in an odd-numbered year.
SB 100 has been placed on the Senate Intent Calendar. HB 111 has been left pending in committee.