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Elections and Voter Information

Voter Information

Primary Election Statistics and Cost Category Description Detail


The Secretary of State initially distributes funding to the County Chairs based on estimated costs. Seventy-five (75%) of the approved estimated cost is advanced to the chair.  Estimates are submitted for both the primary and runoff elections, if applicable, after which, a Final Primary Election Cost Report (FCR) must be submitted of actual expenses. The net difference between the final costs and revenue received prior to the election (i.e., estimate payments and filing fees) will result in either another payment being issued by the state or funds will be due back to the state. Primary/Runoff Estimates and FCRs must be submitted via the Online Primary Finance System prescribed by the Secretary of State. If you do not have your user ID and password or otherwise need assistance, please email the Election Funds Management or call 800-252-2216 (option 3 for Election Funds Management).

The following is a line by line description of the statistics and cost categories for the primary and runoff elections:



NOTE:  Section 172.1112(a), in conjunction with 4.003(b) of the Texas Election Code does not require that a “notice of election” for the primary or runoff be published in a newspaper.  These notices are required to be posted on a bulletin board used for posting notice of meetings of the commissioner’s court. Accordingly, primary funds may not be used to publish these notices in your local newspaper.

Contract Administrative Fee – The cost of the County Election Services Contract administrative fee. This applies to the county parties that contract with the county election officer.  The administrative fee can be up to 10% of the contracted items (there are checkboxes to indicate which items are contracted).

Administrative Costs

Please review 1 TAC §81. 123 for the administrative costs caps applicable to your county.

Financing Sources

Supporting Documentation