Issues could develop if U.S. Supreme Court delays redistricting decision

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Some say it is a train wreck about to happen. That best describes the chain reaction of issues if the U.S. Supreme Court does not make a decision soon on state redistricting maps. There are few answers for those it affects.

Election coordinators Debra Gaston and Karen Butler take pride in doing lots of preparation work ahead of elections. However, this year is a little different.

"Due to the redistricting maps we have been instructed by the Secretary of State's office to delay hat until further notice," says Gaston.

The proposed maps are hanging on the wall way too long. The primary date has been moved three times. Now there's talk of a summer date.

"We've received word early this morning that the Texas primary could be delayed once again from the April 3 date to sometime in June," says Gaston.

There's even talk of having two primaries.

"Our cost is doubled and then when you start doing things like that you wonder if the state is going to reimburse us," says Nacogdoches County Judge Joe English.

June is when the party conventions are scheduled. To set them back would be chaotic. The wait and see mode is crazy to those accustomed to following a strict schedule.

"At this point we just read, check our e-mail and wait for a call," says Gaston.

Voters registration cards became invalid December 31. Voters too must wait for new ones, after officials learn what to put on them.

The election office is reporting more and more calls from voters asking when the voter cards will be mailed. Once the maps are approved, the scramble across Texas will be to get the cards printed and distributed.

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