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Important Election Dates 2021-2022

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Important 2021 Election Dates

May 1, 2021 - Uniform Election Date
Authority Conducting Elections Local Political Subdivisions and Counties
Deadline to post candidate requirements5 Form 1-15 (PDF) Friday, May 1, 2020
Deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline1 Monday, December 14, 2020 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates1
First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Friday, January 1, 2021*

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2021 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.
First Day to File for Place on General Election or Special Election Ballot (for local political subdivisions ONLY)1 Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Last Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for local political subdivisions ONLY)2 Friday, February 12, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

See note below relating to four-year terms 3
Last Day to Order General Election or Special Election on a Measure Friday, February 12, 2021
Last Day to Register to Vote Thursday, April 1, 2021
First Day of Early Voting By Personal Appearance Monday, April 19, 2021
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked) Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail Saturday, May 1, 2021 (election day) at 7:00
p.m. (unless a late-arriving deadline applies)
November 2, 2021 - Uniform Election Date
These dates are subject to changes from the 2021 legislative session.
Authority Conducting Elections County Elections Officer/Local political subdivisions
Deadline to post candidate requirements5 Form 1-15 (PDF) Monday, November 2, 2020
First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Friday, January 1, 2021*

*First day to file does not move because of
New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM”
or FPCA for a January or February 2021
election may be filed earlier, but not earlier
than the 60th day before the date of the
January or February election.
Deadline to post notice of candidate filing
deadline1
Thursday, June 17, 2021 for local political
subdivisions that have a first day to file for
their candidates1
First Day to File for Place on General
Election Ballot (for local political
subdivisions ONLY)1
Saturday, July 17, 2021 (“first day” does not
move; office hours not required)
Last Day to Order General Election or Special Election on a Measure Monday, August 16, 2021
Last Day to File for Place on General
Election Ballot (for local political
subdivisions ONLY) 2
Monday, August 16, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

See note below relating to four-year terms 3
Last Day to Register to Vote Monday, October 4, 2021
First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance Monday, October 18, 2021 (17th day before
election day falls on a Saturday, first day
moves to next business day)
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
(Received, not Postmarked)
Friday, October 22, 2021
Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance Friday, October 29, 2021
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail Tuesday, November 2, 2021 (election day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless a late-arriving deadline applies)

1 For the few entities who do not have a first day to file: For the May 1, 2021 election, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 is the deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline for local political subdivisions that do not have a first day to file for their candidates. For the November 2, 2021 election, Saturday, July 17, 2021 is the deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline for local political subdivisions that do not have a first day to file for their candidates.

Local political subdivisions include: cities, school districts, water districts, hospital districts, and any other local government entity that conducts elections. Many of these elections are conducted on the May uniform election date. Note: Counties may also be holding local proposition (measure) elections on May 1, 2021.

2Filing deadlines: generally, the filing deadline is the 78th day prior to Election Day. The Code may provide a different special election filing deadline. See Section 201.054 of the Texas Election Code (the “Code”). Write-in deadlines for general and special elections vary; the deadline for most local (city, school, other) special elections is now the same day as the filing deadline for application for a place on the ballot in a May election or November election.

3If no candidate for a four-year term has filed an application for a place on the ballot for a city office, the filing deadline for that office is extended to 5 p.m. of the 57th day before the election. For the May 1, 2021 election, this is Friday, March 5, 2021. For the November 2, 2021 election, this is Tuesday, September 7, 2021. See Section 143.008 of the Code.

4The county elections officer may be the county clerk, the county tax assessor-collector (if commissioners court transfers election duties to him/her), or the county elections administrator (if commissioners court creates the position).

5 Section 2051.152 of the Government Code requires all political subdivisions with the authority to impose a tax maintain a publically accessible Internet website and post the date and location of the next election for officers of the political subdivision and the requirements and deadline for filing for candidacy of each elected office of the political subdivision, which shall be continuously posted for at least one year before the election day for the office.

Important 2022 Election Dates

March 1, 2022 - Primary Election
These dates are subject to changes from the 2021 legislative session.
Deadline to post candidate requirements1 Form 1-15 (PDF) Monday, March 1, 2021
First day to file for a place on the Primary ballot for precinct chair candidates. Tuesday, September 14, 2021  
Filing deadline for candidates; filing deadline for independent candidates to file declaration of intent. Monday, December 13, 2021 at 6:00 PM
First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Saturday, January 1, 2022* 

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2022 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.
Last Day to Register to Vote Monday, January 31, 2022
First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance Monday, February 14, 2022  
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
(Received, not Postmarked)
Friday, February 18, 2022 
Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance Friday, February 25, 2022
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail Tuesday, March 1, 2022 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR  Thursday, March 3, 2022 (next business day* after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)4

*First business day after Texas Independence Day
Saturday, May 7, 2022 - Uniform Election Date (Limited)
Authority Conduction Elections Local Political Subdivisions

(County-ordered elections may not be held on this date. County Election Official may, but is not required to, contract to provide election services to political subdivisions holding elections on this date.)

Deadline to post candidate requirements 1Form 1-15 (PDF) Friday, May 7, 2021
Deadline to Post Notice of Candidate Filing Deadline (Local Political Subdivisions Only)1 Monday, December 20, 2021 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates1
First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Saturday, January 1, 2022*

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday.  An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2022 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.
First Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)1 Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Last Day to Order General Election or Special Election on a Measure Friday, February 18, 2022 
Last Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)2 Friday, February 18, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. 
See note below relating to four-year terms3
Last Day to File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy (Local Political Subdivisions Only) Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Last Day to Register to Vote Thursday, April 7, 2022 
First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance Monday, April 25, 2022  
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked) Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance Tuesday, May 3, 2022 
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail Saturday, May 7, 2022 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Monday, May 9, 2022 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)4 
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - Primary Runoff Election
First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) Saturday, January 1, 2022*

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2022 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.
Last Day to Register to Vote Monday, April 25, 2022
Last Day to Apply by Mail (Received, not Postmarked) Friday, May 13, 2022 
First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance Monday, May 16, 2022
Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance Friday, May 20, 2022 
Last Day to Receive Ballot by Mail Tuesday, May 24, 2022 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Wednesday, May 25, 2022 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)4 
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - Uniform Election Date
Deadline to post candidate requirements 1 Form 1-15 (PDF) Monday, November 8, 2021
Deadline to Post Notice of Candidate Filing Deadline (Local Political Subdivisions Only) Thursday, June 23, 2022 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates1 
First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Saturday, January 1, 2022*

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday.  An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2022 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.
First Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only) Saturday, July 23, 2022
First Day to File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy (General Election for State and County Officers) Saturday, July 23, 2022 
Last Day to Order General Election or Special Election on a Measure Monday, August 22, 2022 
Last Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)2 Monday, August 22, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.  
Last Day to File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy (General Election for State and County Officers) Monday, August 22, 2022 
Last Day to File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy (Local Political Subdivisions Only) Friday, August 26, 2022 
Last Day to Register to Vote Tuesday, October 11, 2022* *First business day after Columbus Day
First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance Monday, October 24, 2022
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked) Friday, October 28, 2022 
Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance Friday, November 4, 2022
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail Tuesday, November 8, 2022 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Wednesday, November 9, 2022 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)4

1 Section 2051.152 of the Government Code requires all political subdivisions with the authority to impose a tax maintain a publically accessible Internet website and post the date and location of the next election for officers of the political subdivision and the requirements and deadline for filing for candidacy of each elected office of the political subdivision, which shall be continuously posted for at least one year before the election day for the office.

2 Filing deadlines:  generally, the filing deadline is the 78th day prior to Election Day. The Code may provide a different special election filing deadline. See Section 201.054 of the Texas Election Code (the “Code”).  Write-in deadlines for general and special elections vary; the deadline for most local (city, school, other) special elections is now the same day as the filing deadline for application for a place on the ballot in a May election or November election. 

3If no candidate for a four-year term has filed an application for a place on the ballot for a city office, the filing deadline for that office is extended to 5 p.m. of the 57th day before the election.  For the May 7, 2022 election, this is Friday, March 11, 2022. See Section 143.008 of the Code. 

4 Different deadlines apply to the last day to receive ballots sent by the following: 1) non-military and military voters who mailed ballots from overseas and submitted a regular state Application for Ballot By Mail (“ABBM”), 2) non-military voters who mailed ballots from overseas and who submitted a Federal Postcard Application (“FPCA”), and (3) military voters who mailed ballots domestically or from overseas and who submitted an FPCA. See Secs. 86.007, 101.001 and 101.057 of the Code. Please contact the Elections Division of the Office of the Texas Secretary of State at 1-800-252-VOTE (8683) for additional information.