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Voter Information

Running For President in Texas

(Amended to reflect Federal District Court Order of 3/1/2012)

Republican or Democratic Party Primary Candidates

The presidential primary will be held in Texas on May 29, 2012.  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 March 9, 2012.

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.  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.  Like Republicans and Democrats, the minor party candidates file in accordance with party rule; however, their filing deadlines may not be any later than 6:00 p.m. on March 9, 2012. 

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

Libertarian Party of Texas
1904 Guadalupe St., Ste. B
Austin, TX 78705
(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 June 29, 2012. The petitions can be circulated beginning March 1, 2012 after the order was signed. For 2012, the petition must contain 80,778 signatures of registered voters who did not vote in the presidential primary of either party.  The application must also be accompanied with the information about the candidate’s vice-presidential running mate and the names and addresses of the presidential electors.  Written-signed statements of each individual’s consent to be a vice-presidential candidate or elector must accompany the application.  Texas has 38 presidential electors.  Forms may be obtained from the Secretary of State’s office.

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 21, 2012, or later than 5:00 p.m. of August 20, 2012.  The declaration must also be accompanied with information about the vice-presidential running mate and the names and addresses of the presidential electors.  Written-signed statements of each individual’s consent to be a vice-presidential candidate or elector must accompany the application.  Texas has 38 presidential electors.  Forms may be obtained from the Secretary of State’s office.

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