Cameron Co. Elections Office Prepares for May 29th Primary

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 11:08am

The redistricting maps are set unless either party, the democrats or republicans, file appeals regarding the redistricting lines.

Right now Cameron County has a new district, District 34, and then the Northwest portion of Cameron County, which is partially shared with Hidalgo county, is the new House District 35.

The new maps are a victory for civil rights groups, who argued that Latinos needed greater representation.

Now that those lines are pretty much set, a primary date has been set, may 29th. The Cameron County elections office now has three months to get prepared. Elections Administrator Roger Ortiz says their biggest challenge is time, making sure his office complies with all the requirements regarding dates set forth by the law.

But he says there is still more information that his office and others across the state are seeking answers for; one of those things regarding the second filing period for a person who wants to be a candidate for a certain office. That date has not yet been set in stone.

Another inquiry his office has received recently pertains to the voter registration cards.

“People are thinking because their voter registration card expired in December that they're no longer registered to vote, that's not true they're still registered to vote,"  Cameron County Elections Administrator Roger Ortiz.

Ortiz says his office will be sending out the new voter registration cards by March or early April.

In the meantime, they're still trying to get official confirmation that the redistricting maps will stay the same so that they can inform voters of where to vote...

"We are working with the maps as soon as possible so we can get our precincts lined, voting precincts lined up, place everybody in their proper precincts, in their new precinct if necessary and then we can work with the voter registration cards," says Ortiz.

Ortiz adds that three months would normally be enough time to get prepared for an election but because there are still a few things uncertain, it's hard for them to go full force.

"We've been under the gun at other times and we come through and we'll be able to do it, we'll work whatever hours we have to work to get it complete, but we will get that may 29th done."

Now, if a runoff election is needed, the tentative date for that has been set no later than July 31st.

For more information on the upcoming election you can click on the link below; it will take you directly to Cameron County Election and Voter Registration page.

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