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Independent Candidates

You may have your name placed on the general election ballot as an independent candidate if you are not affiliated with a political party. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 1.005(9). If you vote in a party’s primary elections or participate in a party’s conventions, you thereby affiliate with the party. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 142.008, 162.003, 162.007. File a Declaration of Intent to Run as an Independent Candidate (PDF) between November 11, 2017 and 6:00 p.m. on December 11, 2017 (Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 142.002(b)(2)), with the county judge (county or precinct offices) or the Secretary of State (district and state offices). Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 142.005. After the primary elections (or after the primary runoff election, if the office you are seeking is involved in a primary runoff election), collect signatures (PDF) from registered voters, who support your application for a place on the general election ballot (PDF). Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 142.009.  The signers must be registered voters who have not participated in the general primary election or the runoff primary election of a party that has nominated, at either election, a candidate for the office you seek. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 142.009. File the application, along with petition, by 5:00 p.m. on June 21, 2018, with the county judge (county or precinct offices) or the Secretary of State (district and state offices). Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 142.005, 142.006. Contact the Secretary of State’s office concerning the number of signatures required.

Independent (Nonpartisan) Candidate
Public Office Sought in 2018 File Declaration of Intent and Application with Nominating Petition  
Sec of State County Judge % Signatures a Maximum Number of Signature b
United States Senator x - 1% -
United States Representative x - 5% 500
Governor x - 1% -
Lieutenant Governor x - 1% -
Attorney General x - 1% -
Comptroller of Public Accounts x - 1% -
Commissioner of General Land Office x - 1% -
Commissioner of Agriculture x - 1% -
Railroad Commissioner x - 1% -
Chief Justice and Justice, Supreme Court x - 1% -
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals x - 1% -
State Senator x - 5% 500
State Representative x - 5% 500
Member, State Board of Education x - 5% 500
Chief Justice and Justice, Court of Appeals x - 5% 500
District Judge x - 5% 500
Criminal District Judge x - 5% 500
Family District Judge x - 5% 500
District Attorney x - 5% 500
Criminal District Attorney x - 5% 500
County Judge - x 5% 500
Judge, County Court-at-Law - x 5% 500
Judge, County Criminal Court - x 5% 500
Judge, County Probate Court - x 5% 500
District Clerk - x 5% 500
District & County Clerk - x 5% 500
County Clerk - x 5% 500
County Treasurer - x 5% 500
County Surveyor - x 5% 500
County Commissioner - x 5% 500
Justice of the Peace - x 5% 500
Constable - x 5% 500
Source: Texas Election Code Section §142.002 &  §142.005 §142.007
  1. Percentage of all votes for all gubernatorial candidates cast in the applicable territory in the 2014 general election. If number is less than 25, the required number of signatures is the lesser of (1) 25 or (2) 10% of all votes for all gubernatorial candidates cast in the applicable territory in the 2014 general election. For candidates elected statewide, the one percent figure for the 2014 gubernatorial election is 47,183.
  2. The minimum number of signatures that must appear on a candidate’s petition for statewide office is 1% of the total vote received by all gubernatorial candidates in the 2014 general election. 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) 5% of the total vote received in the district, county or precinct, as applicable, by all gubernatorial candidates in the 2014 general election, subject to (a) immediately above. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 142.007.