Not only has the Texas Primary Election been delayed by litigation over political boundaries in Texas, so has the biannual mailing of voter registration certificates. According to Fort Bend County Election Administrator John Oldham, the same three judge panel sitting in San Antonio that ordered the Primary Election date moved to April 3 has also ordered a delay in the mailing voter certificates to February 13, 2012.
This is the second such delay issued by the Court. “Until our Congressional and Legislative Districts are redrawn, we cannot mail new certificates to voters”, Oldham said. The certificates identify the various districts in which a voter resides and is eligible to vote. According to Oldham the delay will not affect anyone’s ability to vote in the reschedule April 3 primary election. “Even though the certificate has an expiration date, a voter’s registration does not expire. Even if there are further delays ordered by the courts, no one will be disenfranchised because they do not possess a current certificate”, Oldham said.
In addition to delays in the 2012 Primary Election, implementation of the photo id law passed by the last session of the Texas Legislature has also been delayed pending further review by the United State Department of Justice.