Learn everything you need to know to vote
|November 5, 2013 - Uniform Election Date These dates are subject to changes from the 2013 legislative session.|
|Authority conducting elections||County Elections Officer4/Local political subdivision|
|Deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline||Thursday, June 27, 2013 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates Monday, July 29, 2013 for local political subdivisions that do not have a first day to file for their candidates (30th day before last day on which candidate may file falls on a Saturday, deadline moves to next business day)|
|First Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for cities and schools ONLY)2||Saturday, July 27, 2013 (“first day” does not move)|
|Last Day to Order General Election||Monday, August 26, 2013|
|Last Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for local political subdivisions ONLY)2||Monday, August 26, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.|
|First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail||Friday, September 6, 2013 (does not apply to FPCA)|
|Last Day to Register to Vote||Monday, October 7, 2013|
|First Day of Early Voting||Monday, October 21, 2013 (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)||Tuesday, October 29, 2013|
|Last Day of Early Voting||Friday, November 1, 2013|
|Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail||November 5, 2013 (election day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless overseas deadline applies)|
|First day to file for a place on the primary ballot for precinct chair candidates.||September 10, 2013|
|First day to file for all other candidates for offices that are regularly scheduled to be on the Primary ballot (as well as for offices for unexpired terms that have occurred after August 24, 2012).||November 9, 2013|
|Filing deadline for candidates; filing deadline for independent candidates to file intent declaration.||December 9, 2013|
|Early voting period for the primary election.||February 18* thru 28, 2014
*First business day after Presidents' Day
|Primary election.||March 4, 2014|
|Early voting period for the primary runoff election.||May 19 thru 23, 2014|
|Primary run-off election.||May 27, 2014|
1. The Election Code authorizes voting a limited ballot after changing county of residence.
2. A person voting a limited ballot under this chapter is entitled to vote only on each office or measure to be voted in a territorial unit (state or district) of which the person was a resident both before changing their county of residence and after the change.
1. After changing residence to another county, a person is eligible to vote a limited ballot by personal appearance or by mail if:
a. the person would have been eligible to vote in the county of former residence on election day if still residing in that county; and
b. the person is registered to vote in the county of former residence at the time the person
1. offers to vote in the county of new residence; or
2. submitted a voter registration application in the county of new residence; and
c. a voter registration for the person in the county of new residence is not effective on or before election day.
2. A person is not eligible to vote a limited ballot by mail unless, in addition to satisfying the eligibility requirements prescribed above, the person is eligible to vote early by mail under the standard early by mail rules.
An application for a limited ballot to be voted by mail under this chapter must be submitted to the early voting clerk serving the election precinct in which the applicant currently resides.
A person may vote a limited ballot by personal appearance only at the main early voting polling place.
1. Before providing a limited ballot to the applicant, the early voting clerk must verify, if possible, that the applicant does not have an effective voter registration in the county of new residence.
2. If the person has applied in the county of new residence for a voter registration that will be effective on or before Election Day, the limited ballot application must be rejected.
Not later than the 30th day after receipt of an application for a limited ballot, the early voting clerk must notify the voter registrar of the voter’s former county of residence that the voter has applied for a limited ballot.
Voting Presidential Ballot by Former Resident.
The Election Code authorizes voting a presidential ballot for president and vice-president under certain circumstances.
SUM: the procedure helps former residents of Texas who have recently moved to another state but did not register in time to vote in the new state.
A former resident is eligible to vote a presidential ballot under this chapter by personal appearance or by mail if the former resident:
1. is domiciled in another state;
2. was registered to vote in Texas at the time the former resident ceased to be a resident;
3. would be eligible for registration to vote in this state if a resident; and
4. on presidential election day, will not have resided in the state of present domicile for more than 30 days and is not eligible to vote in the presidential election in that state.
An application for a presidential ballot to be voted by mail under this chapter must be submitted to the early voting clerk serving the county of the applicant’s most recent registration to vote.
1. The total time period for voting this ballot by personal appearance is the early voting period, plus the early voting clerk’s regular office hours between early voting and Election Day, then on Election Day.
a. A person may vote a presidential ballot by personal appearance only at the main early voting polling place for the county of the person’s most recent registration to vote.
b. The period for voting presidential ballots under chapter 13 by personal appearance ends on presidential Election Day.
c. Beginning on the day after the last day of the period for early voting by personal appearance and through presidential election day, the dates and hours for voting presidential ballots by personal appearance are the dates and hours that the county clerk’s main business office is regularly open for business.
2. Personal Appearance Voting; Processing Results.
a. On submission of an application for a presidential ballot to be voted by personal appearance, the early voting clerk shall review the application and verify the applicant’s registration status in accordance with the procedure applicable to early voting by mail.
b. The personal appearance voting shall be conducted with the balloting materials for early voting by mail.
c. The voter must mark and seal the ballot in the same manner as if voting by mail, except that the certificate on the carrier envelope need not be completed.
d. On sealing the carrier envelope, the voter must give it to the clerk, who shall note on the envelope that the ballot is a presidential ballot.
e. The results of voting a presidential ballot by personal appearance shall be processed in accordance with the procedures applicable to processing early voting ballots voted by mail.
1. As soon as practicable after the close of voting, the early voting clerk shall notify the voter registrar of the name of each person who applied for a presidential ballot whose name appears on the list of registered voters.
2. On receipt of the notice, the voter registrar shall cancel the voter’s registration.
Switch to our desktop site
© 2012 Office of the Texas Secretary of State. All Rights Reserved.