Due to the federal courts moving the primary election date to be after the municipal, school district and MUD elections for the first time ever, some voters are confused as to when and where to vote. Here is some info from Bill Fairbrother, Chairman of the Williamson County Republican Party:
"May Voting Schedule
There are two very important elections being held in May, and many voters will need to vote twice in order to have their voice heard on all of the candidates and issues being discussed. Early voting is now underway for various city, school, and MUD elections. These include Cedar Park Mayor, Leander Mayor, Austin City Council, Georgetown ISD, Hutto ISD, and many others. Others, like GOP Chairman Bill Fairbrother who lives in the City of Round Rock and the Round Rock ISD, do not have anything to vote on in the May 12 election. Early voting in the May 12 City/School/MUD elections continues through May 8.
Everyone will be able to vote in the May 29 Republican Primary, and early voting in the 2012 Republican Primary will be from May 14 through May 25.
Precinct Chair – Apparently there is some confusion regarding the election of precinct chairs. The filing deadline for precinct chairman is June 1st, and any contested precinct chair races will appear on the July 31st Runoff Election ballot. Please contact Chairman Fairbrother for more information on precinct chairman elections."
If you live in precinct one, the only contested elections are for those voters living in the city limits of Austin and those living in Fern Bluff MUD. All others do not have an election this week since the city of Round Rock only had one person file for each office, Round Rock ISD plus Brushy Creek MUD moved their election back to November.
I realize there is a lot of confusion about this. For example, last week I was watching KXAN TV news, when the reporter said that early voting was underway in the primary. Of course, this was incorrect and has been corrected online, but it only adds to the confusion. The bottom line is that the local elections are this Saturday, May 12th and the primary election is Tuesday, May 29th.