Gov. Perry Sets January 26 Special Election for Senate District 6
TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:
WHEREAS, the death of The Honorable Mario V. Gallegos, Jr., has caused a vacancy to exist in Texas State Senate District No. 6, which consists of a part of Harris County; and
WHEREAS, Article III, Section 13 of the Texas Constitution and Section 203.002 of the Texas Election Code require that a special election be ordered upon such a vacancy; and
WHEREAS, the vacancy has occurred during the 60 days immediately prior to the date of convening the 83rd Regular Session of the Texas Legislature (said date being January 8, 2013), and, therefore, pursuant to Section 203.013(c) of the Texas Election Code, the special election must be held on a Tuesday or Saturday occurring no earlier than the 21st day or later than the 45th day after the date the special election is ordered; and
WHEREAS, Section 3.003 of the Texas Election Code requires the special election to be ordered by proclamation of the governor; and
WHEREAS, Saturday, January 26, 2013, is an appropriate election date under Section 203.013(c) of the Texas Election Code, occurring after the date the special election is ordered;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICK PERRY, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby order a special election to be held in Senate District No. 6 on Saturday, January 26, 2013, for the purpose of electing a state senator to serve out the unexpired term of The Honorable Mario V. Gallegos, Jr.
Candidates who wish to have their names placed on the special election ballot must file their applications with the secretary of state no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 27, 2012, in accordance with Section 201.054(a)(2), as extended in accordance with Section 1.006(a), both of the Texas Election Code.
Early voting by personal appearance shall begin on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, in accordance with Section 85.001(a) of the Texas Election Code.
A copy of this order shall be mailed immediately to the County Judge of Harris County, and all appropriate writs will be issued and all proper proceedings will be followed for the purpose that said election may be held to fill the vacancy in District No. 6 and its result proclaimed in accordance with law.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my Office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 13th day of December, 2012.
Governor of Texas