TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:
WHEREAS, a vacancy now exists in the Texas House of Representatives in the membership of District 150, which consists of part of Harris County; and
WHEREAS, Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 203.002 (Vernon 1986) requires that a special election be ordered upon such vacancy; and
WHEREAS, Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 203.004 (Vernon Supp. 2001) requires that, absent a finding of an emergency, the special election be held on the first uniform election date occurring on or after the 36th day after the date the election is ordered; and
WHEREAS, Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 41.001(e), as added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., R.S., ch. 340, § 2, prohibits an election from being held on the February uniform election day if a majority vote is required and § 203.003 (Vernon 1986) requires a majority vote in this special election; and
WHEREAS, May 4, 2002 is the next such available uniform election date occurring after the date the election is ordered; and
WHEREAS, Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 3.003 (Vernon 1986) requires the election to be ordered by proclamation of the Governor;
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 District 150 on Saturday, the 4th day of May, 2002, for the purpose of electing a State Representative for District 150 to serve out the unexpired term of the Honorable Paul J. Hilbert.
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 Wednesday, the 3rd day of April, 2002, in accordance with Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 201.054(a) (Vernon Supp. 2001).
Early voting by personal appearance shall begin on Wednesday, April 17, in accordance with Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 85.001(a) (Vernon Supp. 2001).
A copy of this order will be mailed immediately to the County Judge in Harris County, and all appropriate writs will be issued and all proper proceedings will be followed to the end that said election may be held to fill the vacancy in District 150 and its result proclaimed in accordance with law.
GOVERNOR OF TEXAS
GEOFFREY S. CONNOR(signature)
Assistant Secretary of State
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