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FAQ for new filing period (from March 2nd - March 9th)

From: Don Z.
Sent on: Sunday, March 4, 2012 1:28 PM

Feel free to copy  and distribute; this is from Texas GOP sources and I 

consider it accurate.  Note the precinct chair applications don't end March 

9th because the deadline for final drawing of precincts is March 20th.

Don Zimmerman

SD-14 SREC Committeeman


Regarding the filing process:

Is the second filing period open to all races? Yes, ALL local, state and federal races are open during the second filing period. This includes judicial races. If it’s on the ballot, it’s open.

Do candidates whose original application is still correct need to file a second application? No. Only candidates who wish to amend or withdraw an application need to take action. Candidates who wish to run but have not filed an application will need to file an application.

Can candidates receive a refund on their application? Yes, candidates who wish to withdraw their application may do so and will receive a refund. Please have candidates fill out the attached certificate of withdrawal. Refunds from RPT will be processed at the close of the filing period.

What is a county chair’s obligation of availability during the filing period? You must be available to receive applications by mail, fax, email or in person. Ideally, you should be available for some period of time to receive applications in person but do not need to be available around the clock. You know your community best. If you have a county party staff to receive applications during the business day, that’s great. If not, then be available as possible for you. Once an application is received, you will have 72 hours to accept or reject that application. You must post your availability for the last day of filing no later than March 8, 2012.

Does a candidate have to deliver their paperwork in person? No. A candidate does not have to deliver his paperwork in person. They may mail, fax or scan and email their amended application or withdraw to you. New applications must be received either in person or by mail, as the application and payment must be delivered at the same time. All applications, amendments and withdraw forms must be notarized.

Where do I get an amendment form? A candidate can amend his/her application by submitting a new application. It’s considered an amendment and not a new filing because he will not also be submitting a payment or petitions. The applications are attached to this email.

Precinct Chair Elections:

Why are precinct chairs on the run-off ballot? It is likely that new legislative lines will cross precinct lines and counties will have to redraw their precinct lines yet again. The court has given the counties until March 20th to redraw their precincts. Since this is later than the filing deadline, candidates for precinct chair can find themselves not living in the precinct where they have filed. Having precinct chairs on the run-off ballot is the only way to address this problem.

What if a precinct chair race has several candidates and ends up in a run-off? Precinct chairs will be elected by plurality. Whoever has the most votes wins, even if that percentage is less than 50%+1.

When will county chairs be elected? County chairs will appear on the May 29th ballot and candidates for county chair need to file before March 9, 2012.

Applications filed with a county party that should have filed with RPT:

What do I do with an application that was filed as a single county district but now is a multi-county district, or vice-versa? The court order allows for candidate applications to be transferred to the appropriate filing authority. If you have candidates who have filed with the local party but they should have filed with RPT, please let me know and then forward those applications as quickly as possible. We can accept them by mail, fax or scanned and emailed. We will do the same with candidates who filed with us but now are in a single county district. The party forwarding the application will also need to send a check for the same amount of that candidate’s filing fees. If a candidate filed by petition, then petitions will need to be forwarded.

Ballot drawing:

Do we draw for all candidates on the ballot or just those who filed locally? Each county draws for every race on the ballot, including those races that filed with RPT. We will work to get you a list as early as possible during – possibly as early as late Friday night.

By what time does the ballot drawing need to occur on Monday, March 12th? The court order specifies Monday, March 12th as the deadline but does not specify a time. So, you can conduct your ballot drawing at anytime on Monday.

Can I conduct my ballot drawing before the 12th? Yes. RPT staff will work to get your list of candidates as quickly as possible after the COB on the 9th. If you plan to hold your ballot drawing before the 12th, please let us know. We will process those counties first.

Election schedule:

When is early voting? May 14-25th

Can any candidate withdraw and receive a refund? Yes. The refilling period is open to all offices and candidates can withdraw an application, file a new application or amend their application for any reason. Candidates who withdraw are due a refund.

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