The Texas Election Code designates the Secretary of State as the chief election officer of the State of Texas. In order to provide information on the electoral process to all Texans, my office has prepared this guide in the expectation that increased information will result in increased participation.
If you have any questions, please contact the Elections Division of the Office of the Secretary of State at www.sos.state.tx.us or by calling 1-800-252-VOTE (8683) or (512) 463-5650.
2016 Candidate's Guide
- What offices are up for election in November 2016?
- What are the qualifications to hold office in Texas?
- What are the important dates for the party conventions, primary election and general election?
- How do I run for President in 2016?
- How do I become a nominee for the 2016 Democratic/Republican primary?
- How do I become a nominee in the 2016 Libertarian or Green Party convention?
- How do I become a nominee of a new party or a party without ballot access in 2016?
- How do I run as an independent candidate in 2016?
- How do I run as a write-in candidate in 2016?
- How do I establish a political party in Texas?
- What if I am interested in running for a local office (city, school district, other district)?
- 2014 Candidate's Guide to the Primary and General Election
- 2012 Candidate's Guide to the Primary and General Election
Important note concerning campaign finance and advertising
Before becoming a candidate, we urge you to contact the Texas Ethics Commission for information on campaign contribution reports, the appointment of a campaign treasurer, and personal financial statements that you may be required to file. The Commission may be reached at the following address:
Texas Ethics Commission
P.O. Box 12070
Austin, TX 78711-2070