A new filing deadline for candidates in Texas primary elections has been set - 6 p.m. Feb. 1, county election officers have been told - following a federal court order issued Friday.

Information received by Brown County Republican Party Chairman Brad Locker indicates that the new first day to file as a candidate will be determined by a federal court later.

Candidates who file in the first period, which will close at 6 p.m. Monday, will be permitted to withdraw or amend their applications with a new application during the second filing period. Other deadlines have been affected, including the deadlines to withdraw, ballot drawing and canvassing, and details on those are expected to be announced soon, according to the Texas Secretary of State office.

The delay in what had been a March 6 primary election is the result of legal contests of districts drawn by the Texas Legislature, and then by a federal court.

The deadline to change county election precinct lines has been moved to Jan. 31, 2012.

Friday's court order also provides a new deadline to send out voter registration certificates by mass mailout. It is Feb. 13, 2012. When the redistricting lines are final, the state will notify counties.

Brown County Elections Administrator Suzy Young said last week that she recommends registered voters with their ˘old cards hold on to them until new ones are mailed. Counties are being advised by the state to delay mailing new cards to voters until redistricting lines are final; otherwise, they may incur the expense of a second mailing.

If needed, the April 3 primary election runoff will be held June 5.

The federal court order can be found online at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/court-order-563.pdf.á