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Court May Decide Tuesday if April Primary Possible

Three-judge panel reconvenes Tuesday

By Paul J. Weber
|  Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012  |  Updated 7:59 AM CDT
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Court May Decide Tuesday if April Primary Possible

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Whether Texas can realistically hold primary elections in April is expected to finally be decided by a federal court.

A three-judge panel in San Antonio reconvenes Tuesday for a key hearing in the Texas redistricting battle. The long and bitter dispute over newly drawn voting maps is likely to delay the state's primary elections for a second time.

The primary is currently scheduled for April 3. That date no longer appears realistic, but judges have indicated they don't want the primary pushed into May or later.

Voting maps for the 2012 elections in Texas are on hold while minority rights groups and the state square off in court. Judges ordered both sides to again try and compromise on temporary maps last weekend, but the negotiations yielded little progress.

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