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How to Become a Nominee of New Party or Party Without Ballot Access in 2022

NOTE: Please note that information on this page is subject to change as a result of legislation or court order

If you are a member of a new party or if your party's candidates for statewide office in the last general election received less than five percent of the vote, your party must qualify for ballot access. (Sections 181.0041, 181.005, Texas Election Code). Your party must register (PDF) with the Secretary of State's office by January 2, 2022, and needs the support of 83,435 qualified voters. (Sections 181.005,181.006, Texas Election Code).

If you hope to become the nominee of a new party for a particular office, you must file an application for nomination (PDF) with the county or state party chair, as appropriate (see chart). The application must be filed no later than 6:00 p.m. on December 13, 2021. (Section 181.033, Texas Election Code). The application for nomination must be accompanied by either a filing fee or a petition in lieu of filing fee, delivered to the Secretary of State (for a statewide or district office) or to the county judge (for a county or precinct office), in order for the applicant to qualify for nomination. The amount of the filing fee or the number of signatures required for the petition in lieu of a filing fee is the same amount that is required for a candidate seeking nomination by primary election under Sections 172.024 and 172.025. (NOTE: There are no extra requirements for judicial applicants.)

If you receive a majority of the votes cast at the county, district, or state convention, as appropriate, and you submitted your filing fee or petition in lieu of filing fee to county judge or Secretary of State, whichever is applicable, your name will appear on the general election ballot in November 2022 if your party has obtained ballot access.

For more information on obtaining ballot access, please see our guide on establishing a political party in Texas.

Nominee of New Party or Party without Ballot Access
Public Office Sought in 2020 File Application with Party Chair File with County Judge or SOS (filing fee OR nominating petition)
  State County Filing fee %Signatures a Number of Signatures b
United States Representative x - $3,125 2% 500
Governor x - $3,750 - 5000
Lieutenant Governor x - $3,750 - 5000
Attorney General x - $3,750 - 5000
Comptroller of Public Accounts x - $3,750 - 5000
Commissioner of General Land Office x - $3,750 - 5000
Commissioner of Agriculture x - $3,750 - 5000
Railroad Commissioner x - $3,750   5000
Justice, Supreme Court x - $3,750   5000
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals x - $3,750   5000
State Senator x - $1,250 2% 500
State Representative x - $750 2% 500
Member, State Board of Education x - $300 2% 500
Chief Justice and Justice, Court of Appeals x - $2,500 /$1,875c 2% 500
District Judge x - $2,500 /$1,500d 2% 500
Criminal District Judge x - $2,500 /$1,500d 2% 500
Family District Judge x - $2,500 /$1,500d  2% 500
District Attorney x - $1,250 2% 500
Criminal District Attorney x - $1,250 2% 500
County Judge - x $1,250 /$750e 2% 500
Judge, County Court-at-Law - x $2,500 /$1,500d 2% 500
Judge, County Criminal Court - x $2,500 /$1,500d 2% 500
Judge, County Probate Court - x $2,500 /$1,500 d 2% 500
County Attorney - x $1,250 /$750e 2% 500
Sheriff - x $1,250 /$750e 2% 500
Tax-Assessor-Collector - x $1,250 /$750e 2% 500
District Clerk - x $1,250 /$750e 2% 500
County Clerk - x $1,250 /$750e 2% 500
District/County Clerk - x $1,250 /$750e 2% 500
County Treasurer - x $1,250 /$750e 2% 500
County Surveyor - x $75e 2% 500
County Commissioner - x $1,250 /$750e 2% 500
Constable - x $1,000 /$375e 2% 500
Justice of the Peace - x $1,000 /$375e 2% 500
Source: Texas Election Code Section §§ 181.032; 182.0041 §172.024 §172.025  
  1. Percentage of all votes for all gubernatorial candidates cast in the applicable territory in the 2018 general election. If number is less than 50, the required number of signatures is the lesser of (1) 50 or (2) 20% of all votes for all gubernatorial candidates cast in the applicable territory in the 2018 general election.
  2. The minimum number of signatures that must appear on a candidate’s petition for statewide office is 5000. The minimum number of signatures that must appear on a candidate’s petition for district, county or precinct office is the lesser of (1) 500 or (2) 2% of the total vote received in the district, county or precinct, as applicable, by all gubernatorial candidates in the 2018 general election,. (Section 172.025, Texas Election Code).
  3. Pay higher fee in Courts of Appeals Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 14. (Section 172.024(7), (8), Texas Election Code).
  4. Pay higher fee in Bexar, Dallas, Harris and Tarrant Counties. (Sections 172.024(10), (12), Texas Election Code).
  5. Pay higher fee if county has at least 200,000 inhabitants according to 2010 Census.