According to information received by the County Judge’s Office from the Texas Secretary of State, the federal courts have changed the filing deadline and primary election dates again! The new filing deadline for primary candidates, independent candidates, and minor party candidates is now February 1, 2012 at 6:00pm. (Note: the new first day to file will be determined by the court at a later date.) Additionally, per the court order, candidates who file in the first period will be permitted to withdraw or amend their applications (with a new application) during the second filing period; there are other deadlines which have been impacted as well such as deadlines to withdraw, ballot drawing, canvassing, and the SOS office plans to update all candidate filing information soon. The 2012 Primary Election dates are scheduled as follows: April 3, 2012 will be the date for the Primary Election and June 5, 2012 will be the date for the Primary Runoff Election. I sincerely hope that this is the last time that changes will be made as it has created a lot of confusion for both candidates and election officials across the state.