Texas political parties propose April 3 primary

By: By CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press
By: By CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal judge has made official a plan to shift the Texas primary date from March 6 to April 3.

Texas was forced to delay the primary because of a dispute over political redistricting. A federal court has refused to approve a map drafted by the Legislature, and the U.S. Supreme Court has put on hold a map drawn by a panel of three federal judges. Court hearings are scheduled to resolve the disputed maps next month.

The courts asked the Texas Republican and Democratic parties to come up with an alternative date for the primary, and the parties submitted their proposal to the court for approval on Friday. By April 3, the courts should have worked out a redistricting map for the 2012 elections.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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