(cc: County Clerks/Elections Administrators)
|FROM:||Keith Ingram, Director of Elections|
March 28, 2012
|RE:||Primary Calendar and Sample Ballot for May 29, 2012 Primary Elections|
First of all, we have posted the detailed primary calendar to our website under Conducting Your Elections.
Secondly, we have attached sample ballots to assist you in preparing your ballot. It is important that the correct ballot order from Section 52.092 of the Election Code be followed.
The sample ballot shows the correct office title with the Spanish translation, as well as the order of the races that are to appear on the ballot. The sample ballot contains races that are not necessarily applicable to your county. You will need to pick and choose the races that are applicable to your county. The sample ballot includes race titles for races that are not normally up in 2012 but may be up for an unexpired term. It also contains only one race title for each race, and it is possible that you have more than one office on your ballot and, therefore, will need to repeat that race title. In preparing a ballot, remember that a voter may only receive a ballot that contains the races on which the voter is entitled to vote. As a result, you may have more than one type of ballot for voting in your county. These different types of ballots are often referred to as “ballot styles,” or “ballot combinations.” The sample ballot is only a guide and is not designed for you to insert the names of the candidates directly on the sample ballot.
Candidates for public office may not be declared nominated if they are unopposed in the primary election; the purpose of a primary election is to determine which nominee will represent the party on the November General Election ballot. You must print their names on the ballot under the appropriate race title. The law which allows certain uncontested candidates for public office to be declared elected is applicable only in the November General Election. If you do not have a candidate running for a particular public office, either federal, state, district, county, or precinct, do NOT include that office on the ballot.
If you have any questions regarding these matters, please feel free to contact the Elections Division toll-free at 1-800-252-2216 (press 4). I urge you to order your ballots from your printer as soon as possible. The early voting clerk may begin mailing ballots to voters who have requested them as soon as the ballots are ready, and preferably no later than April 14, 2012.