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Running For President in Texas

Republican or Democratic Party Primary Candidates

The presidential primary will be held in Texas on March 3, 2020. 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 9, 2019.

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
1106 Lavaca,  Suite 100
Austin, Texas 78701
(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 9, 2019. 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 11, 2020. The petition can be circulated beginning after March 3, 2020. For 2020, the petition must contain 89,693 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. See Section 192.032, Texas Election Code.

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 Saturday, July 18, 2020, or later than 5:00 p.m. of Monday, August 17, 2020. 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.

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