Various lawsuits and court hearings over the State’s redistricting have caused much uncertainty regarding the 2012 Texas Primary, but dates are now locked in.

Due to a federal court order, the 2012 Primary Election date has been set for May 29th. Both Republican and Democrat party members will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the people that may represent them in the November 6th general elections.

All voters that plan to cast a ballot in the Primary must be registered to vote By April 30th. Early voting will begin on May 14th, and will run through May 25th. Those planning to apply for a Ballot by Mail must have their request received by May 22nd.

Locally, a number of races have challengers, such as former Lubbock County Chairman Chris Winn squaring off against Lubbock-area District 19 U.S. Congressman Randy Neugebauer in the Republican Primary, and Precinct 3 Lubbock County Commissioner Gilbert Flores has drawn challengers Richard Calvillo and L. “Bubba” Sedeño in the Democratic Primary. Click here for a list of Lubbock-area candidates.

As the campaign season heats up, Texans are reminded that there are regulations regarding where they may place their campaign signs.

As for voters being required to show photo identification at the polls, the Obama Administration has rejected the Texas Voter ID law passed in May of 2011.

The Primary Runoff election date is July 31st.