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Procedures for Write-in Candidate in a Local Election

In most political subdivisions, a candidate may run for office as a declared write-in candidate. A declared Write-in Candidate must submit a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy and submit a filing fee or petition in lieu of a filing fee, if required by the political subdivision.  Please note, the declaration along with the filing fee or petition in lieu of a filling fee (if applicable) must be filed at the same time with the proper filing authority.

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Public Office Sought

Filing Authority

Source Law

Municipal/City Elections

City Secretary1

Elec. Code
§ 146.053

School Board

Secretary of the Board; or other person designated by the Board

Educ. Code
§ 11.056

Water District

Secretary of the Board; or agent appointed by the Board

Water Code
§ 36.059; 49.101; 63.0945

Hospital District

Secretary of the Board; or presiding officer if there is no secretary

Health & Safety Code § 285.131

Junior College District

Secretary of the Board; or other person designated by the Board

Educ. Code
§ 130.0825

Library District

Secretary of the Board; or presiding officer if there is no secretary

Loc. Gov. Code
§ 326.0431

Emergency Service District
(Counties under Section 775.0345)

Initial Election: County voter registrar

Health & Safety Code § 775.0345(j)

After that: Secretary of the Board; or other person designated by the Board

Health & Safety Code § 775.0345

Emergency Service District
(More than One County)

Initial Election: County clerk of each county

Health & Safety Code § 775.035(i)

After that: Secretary of the Board; or other person designated by the Board

Health & Safety Code § 775.035

  1. Home-rule city charters may designate another person as the filing authority. (Sec. 143.006(b), Elec. Code).