We know it has been a confusing and cumbersome experience waiting for a Primary Election date and wondering when we'll get firm precinct boundaries, Congressional districts, and even our new voter registration cards!
We will keep our e-mail list subscribers updated with the latest major developments. But for those of you who want to keep up with the smaller bits and pieces of this frustrating (though at the same time fascinating) process of Redistricting, the Republican Party of Texas has provided some excellent commentary on the whole saga. We post them for your convenience, along with some other helpful links, below ...
New filing period begins March 2; May 29 primary date set! (3/1/12)
U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Redistricting
Redistricting Recap 8 (Court wants April primary)
Redistricting Recap 9 (Valentine's Day hearing)
Redistricting Recap 10 (Primary moved again? May 29)
Redistricting Recap 11 (Maybe June 26?)
For maps containing the various Redistricting plans, please see the Texas Legislative Council's District Viewer.
Note: Updates are sent via the RPT e-mail list when posted -- see the sign-up box in the upper-right-hand corner of their Web site. The updates are also archived on the News section of the RPT site.
About the image: The above image is a political cartoon poking fun at the Massachusetts state senate redistricting plans from March of 1812. The map was allegedly drawn to favor the Democratic-Republican Party candidates (associated with Gov. Elbridge Gerry) over the Federalist candidates. The district pictured above was said to resemble a vulture -- though others noted it was also in the shape of a salamander. The word salamander was combined with with Gov. Gerry's name, which is where we get the term "Gerry-Mander." And now you know!