The state’s candidate filing deadline and primary election runoff date would be changed under legislation the Texas House has overwhelmingly approved.
The filing deadline would move up from January of the election year to December, and runoffs would change from April to late May.
Rep. Van Taylor, R-Plano, who sponsored Senate Bill 100, initially wanted to change the primary from March to April, but the House rejected that Tuesday night. The House gave final approval to the bill with a 143-1 vote Wednesday and sent it back to the Senate.
The changes _ allowing Texas to comply with the timetable of a federal military overseas voting law _ could affect city elections held in May of even-numbered years if election administrators are occupied with state elections at that time and cannot conduct local elections.