Confusion is the constant in Texas’ presidential primary election this year. Delayed more than two months because of political wrangling, the primary is now scheduled to be the second major election day in May, calling voters back to the polls just more than two weeks after they cast ballots in city and school district elections. New voter registration cards – which will tell residents whether there’s been any changes in their precincts and local, state and federal political districts – likely won’t be sent out until late April, after the overseas and military ballots are sent out. “I’m sure there will be some confusion,” Tarrant County Elections Administrator Steve Raborn said. “We’re having these leapfrog elections, and runoffs, and in some cases polling places will be different, and some early voting sites will be different. “There’s so many things that are changing, moving.”
Barring future legal challenges, Texas’ primary election will be the day after Memorial Day, Tues., May 29. But for months this year, as voters in other states headed to the polls, Texans didn’t know when this state’s primary election would be.
Legal wrangling over maps setting new boundary lines for state and federal legislative districts – which crossed through three federal courtrooms, including the U.S. Supreme Court – twice delayed election dates initially scheduled in March and April.