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Elections and Voter Information

Voter Information

Running For President in Texas

Candidate's Guide Quick Links

Republican or Democratic Party Primary Candidates

The presidential primary will be held in Texas on March 1, 2016. Both the Republican Party and Democratic Party will hold primaries. Candidates who wish to run either as a Republican or Democrat will file applications, accompanied by a filing fee or petition, with the State Chair of each party. All forms and procedures to run for President must follow party rule. The party will also establish the filing deadline. The filing deadline may not be any later than 6:00 p.m. on December 14, 2015.

For more information about running as a Republican or Democrat, please contact their party headquarters at:

Republican Party of Texas
1108 Lavaca St., Suite 500
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 477-9821
(512) 480-0709 (fax)

Democratic Party of Texas
4818 East Ben White Blvd., Suite 104
Austin, TX 78741
(512) 478-9800
(512) 480-2500 (fax)

Minor Party Candidates

Minor Parties will nominate candidates for President according to party rule. However, the filing deadline for minor party candidates may not be any later than 6:00 p.m. on December 14, 2015.  Only parties that have qualified to have their political party on the ballot are allowed to have their nominee for President/Vice-President on the ballot. Currently, the Libertarian Party and the Green Party are the only minor parties in Texas that have ballot access.

For more information about running as a Libertarian or Green Party candidate, please contact their party headquarters at:

Libertarian Party of Texas
111 Congress Ave., Suite 400
Austin, TX 78701
(800) 422-1776

Green Party of Texas
P.O. Box 271080
Houston, Texas 77277-1080
(713) 866-6285

Independent Candidates

Independent candidates for President file an application with the Secretary of State. The application must be submitted with a petition, and both documents must be filed no later than May 9, 2016. The petitions can be circulated beginning after March 1, 2016. For 2016, the petition must contain 79,939 signatures of registered voters who did not vote in the presidential primary of either party. The application must include the information about and signed consent from the candidate’s vice-presidential running mate. In addition to the petition and application, an independent candidate for President must provide signed, written statements of consent to be a presidential elector candidate from 38 presidential elector candidates (the number of presidential electors that federal law allocates to Texas). Forms are linked below and may be obtained from the Secretary of State’s office.

Independent Candidate's Application for President (PDF)

Independent Candidate's Petition for President (PDF)

Independent Candidate’s Consent of Presidential Elector Candidate (PDF)

Write-In Candidates

Write-in candidates for President file a declaration of write-in candidacy with the Secretary of State. The declaration may not be filed earlier than July 23, 2016, or later than 5:00 p.m. of August 22, 2016. The declaration must include the information about and signed consent from the candidate’s vice-presidential running mate. In addition to the declaration, a write-in candidate for President must provide signed, written statements of consent to be a presidential elector candidate from 38 presidential elector candidates (the number of presidential electors that federal law allocates to Texas). Forms are linked below and may be obtained from the Secretary of State’s office.

Declaration of Write in Candidacy for President (PDF)

Consent of Presidential Elector Candidate for Write-In Candidate (PDF)

For additional information, please call toll-free at (800) 252-VOTE(8683).