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Elections and Voter Information

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4th First day county chairs may accept applications for a place on the ballot for office of precinct chair. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 172.023(b).
November 2009
 
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First day candidates may file declaration of write-in candidacy for county or precinct chair. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 146.025, 171.0231(d) & (e).

Note: This start date for filing a write-in declaration by candidates for county or precinct chairs, and the deadline for filing such a declaration, results from a strict application of the statutes. It is recognized that it makes little sense for a write-in period to be contained within the regular filing period.

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First day Democratic or Republican party candidate may file an application for a place on the primary ballot. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 172.023(b).

Note: The statutes do not provide a start date for other party candidates to file applications to be nominated by convention.  See Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 181.031(b).

First day independent candidates may file declaration of intent to run. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 142.002(b), 172.023(b).

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Last day for a candidate to withdraw from the primary ballot. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 172.052.

If a candidate dies or is declared ineligible by this date, the name is omitted from the ballot.  Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 172.057, 172.058.

Last day a vacancy for an unexpired term may occur and appear on the primary ballot.  Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 202.004(a).

Last day candidates may file a declaration of write-in candidacy for county or precinct chair (5 p.m.).  Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 171.0231(d).

This last day for filing a write-in declaration by candidates for county or precinct chairs, and the deadline for filing such a declaration, results from a strict application of the statutes.  It is recognized that it makes little sense for a write-in period to be contained within the regular filing period.

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1st   First day for voters to submit application for ballot by mail for March 2 primary election. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 84.007.
3rd   Deadline for county chair (or secretary of county executive committee) to post a notice on the bulletin board used for posting notices of the commissioners court’s meetings, containing the address(es) at which county chair and secretary will be available to receive applications on the last day for filing an application.  Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 172.022(b).
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Last day Democratic or Republican party candidate may file an application for a place on the primary ballot (6 p.m.). Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 172.023(a).

Last day other party candidates may file applications to be nominated by convention (5 p.m.). Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 181.033.

Last day independent candidates may file declaration of intent to run (6 p.m.). Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 142.002, 172.023(a).

Last day for party with state organization which intends to make nominations by convention to register with the secretary of state.  Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 181.0041.

Deadline for a declaration of write-in candidacy for county or precinct chair, if a candidate whose name is to appear on the ballot for the office of county or precinct chair dies or is declared ineligible after the third day before the date of the regular filing deadline (5 p.m.).  Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 171.0231(d).

Note:    The dates to extend filing deadlines for candidates, who have filed applications and have withdrawn, been declared ineligible, or have died, are not applicable for this election.  The extended deadline pursuant to Section 172.054 of the Texas Election Code would fall before the new extended regular filing deadline of January 4, 2010.  This is also true for candidates for party chair positions.

Note:    If vacancies occur in an office that is not regularly-scheduled for election on or before December 30, 2009, the deadline to file for office is also January 4, 2010 since the extended deadline pursuant to Section 202.004 of the Texas Election Code is earlier than the regular filing deadline of January 4, 2010.

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Deadline for state chair to deliver certified list of statewide and multi-county district candidates to each county chair. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 172.028; T.A.C. Rule § 81.136.

Note:    The statutory deadline of the 57th day falls on the extended January 4 filing deadline and is therefore not feasible for full compliance; in response SOS has proposed an administrative rule Section 81.136 so that he deadline may fall on January 6.

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Deadline for county chair to deliver copies of the list of candidates to county clerk, state chair, and the Secretary of State.  Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 172.029(c).

Deadline for state chair to deliver his/her list of candidates to the Secretary of State.  Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 172.029.

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1st Last day citizens may register to vote in March 2 primary election. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 13.143(e).
12th   First day to submit application for ballot by mail for April 13 runoff primary election.  Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 84.007.
16th First day of early voting by personal appearance for March 2 primary election. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 1.006, 85.001(a).
23rd Last day for early voting clerk to receive application for ballot by mail for March 2 primary election. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 84.007(c).
26th  Last day of early voting by personal appearance for March 2 primary election. Tex. Elec. Code Ann.  § 85.001(a).
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Primary election day. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 41.007(a).

Precinct conventions held to elect delegates to county or district conventions of parties holding primaries. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 174.022(a).

3rd   If no runoff election for office sought, first day independent candidate may collect signatures for application to have name printed on ballot.  Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 142.009.
9th Precinct conventions held to elect delegates to county or district conventions of minor parties. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 181.061(c), 182.005.
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Local canvass of the primary election by county executive committee must be conducted by this date.  Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 172.116(b).

Ballot drawing conducted immediately following canvass for candidates involved in runoff election for county and precinct offices.

12th  Last day runoff primary candidates may withdraw from ballot (5 p.m.).  Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 172.059.
13th County convention for minor parties that are nominating candidates for single county district, county, or precinct offices. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 181.061(c), 182.005.
15th  Last day to register to vote in April 13 runoff primary election. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 13.143(e).
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District convention for minor parties nominating candidates for multi-county district offices.  Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 181.061(b).

County and senatorial district conventions for parties holding primary elections. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 174.063(a).

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5th First day of early voting by personal appearance for April 13 runoff primary election. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 85.001(b), (c).
6th  Last day for early voting clerk to receive application for ballot by mail (including FPCA) for April 13 runoff primary election. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 84.007(c).
9th Last day of early voting by personal appearance for April 13 runoff primary election. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 85.001(c).
13th Runoff primary election day.  Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 41.007(b).
14th First day independent candidates for offices involved in runoff election may collect signatures for applications. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 142.009.
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3rd New party officers take office.  Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 171.022(c).
13th Last day independent candidates may file applications and petitions (5 p.m.). Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 142.006.
24th Last day minor party chairs may submit petitions and precinct convention lists to Secretary of State for placement on the ballot. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 1.006, 181.005(a), 181.006(b)(3).
June 2010
 
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11th -12th Republican State Convention in Dallas. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 174.092(a).
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State Convention for minor party nominating candidate for statewide offices. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 181.061(a).

State Convention for Libertarian Party in Austin. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 181.061(a).

25th -26th Democratic State Convention in Corpus Christi. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 174.092(a).
July 2010
 
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25th First day candidates may file Declaration of write-in candidacy for November 2 general election. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 146.025.
August 2010
 
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20th Last day candidates may withdraw or be declared ineligible from general election. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 1.006, 145.032.
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Last day to order November 2 general election. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 3.003, 3.005.

Last day candidates may file Declaration of Write-in Candidacy for November 2 general election (5 p.m.). Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 146.025

September 2010
 
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3rd First day to submit application for ballot by mail for November 2 general election. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 84.007.
October 2010
 
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4th Last day citizens may register to vote in November 2 general election. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 1.006, 13.143(e).
18th First day of early voting by personal appearance for November 2 general election. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 85.001(a).
26th Last day for early voting clerk to receive application for ballot by mail for November 2 general election. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 84.007(c).
29th Last day of early voting by personal appearance for November 2 general election. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 85.001(a).
November 2010
 
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2nd General election day. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 41.002.