When To Vote

For information on voting by mail or voting early in person, please see the “Early Voting” section. Polls are open at various times during early voting and from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day.


Important 2015 Election Dates

November 3, 2015 — Uniform Election Date
Authority conducting elections County Elections Officer/Local political subdivisions
Deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline Thursday, June 25, 2015 Saturday, July 25, 2015 for local political subdivisions that do not have a first day to file for their candidates
First Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot1 Saturday, July 25, 2015
Last Day to Order General Election or Election on Measure Monday, August 24, 2015
Last Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot Monday, August 24, 2015 at 5:00 P.M.
First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail Tuesday, September 1, 2015 (does not apply to FPCA)

* NEW LAW: Effective September 1, 2015, there will no longer be a “first day” to file a regular application for ballot by mail.

Last Day to Register to Vote Monday, October 5, 2015
First Day of Early Voting Monday, October 19, 2015
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
(Received, not Postmarked)
Friday, October 23, 2015 (ABBM and FPCA*)

* NEW LAW: Effective September 1, 2015, the FPCA deadline is the same as the ABBM deadline.

Last Day of Early Voting Friday, October 30, 2015
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail Tuesday, November 3, 2015 (election day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless overseas deadline applies)

Important 2016 Election Dates

March 1, 2016 – Primary Election
A more detailed calendar will be available soon.
First day to file for a place on the primary ballot for precinct chair candidates. Tuesday, September 15, 2015
First day to file for all other candidates for offices that are regularly scheduled to be on the Primary ballot. Saturday, November 14, 2015
Filing deadline for candidates; filing deadline for independent candidates to file intent declaration. Monday, December 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM
First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (* NEW LAW: first day of calendar year for ABBM and FPCA) Friday, January 1, 2016*

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2016 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.

First Day of Early Voting Tuesday, February 16, 2016*

*First business day after Presidents’ Day

Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
(Received, not Postmarked)
Friday, February 19, 2016

(* NEW LAW: 11th day before election day; regular ABBM and FPCA)

Last Day of Early Voting Friday, February 26, 2016
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail Tuesday, March 1, 2016 (election day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless overseas deadline applies)

May 24, 2016 – Primary Runoff Election
First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
(NEW LAW: first day of calendar year for regular ABBM and FPCA)
Friday, January 1, 2016*

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2016 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.

First Day of Early Voting Monday, May 16, 2016
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked) Friday, May 13, 2016
(NEW LAW: 11th day before election day; regular ABBM and FPCA)
Last Day of Early Voting Friday, May 20, 2016
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail Tuesday, May 24, 2016 (election day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless overseas deadline applies)

1Local political subdivisions might not have a "first day" to file. However, under new law, most local entities now have a first day to file. Write-in deadlines for general and special elections also vary; the deadline for most local (city, school, other) general elections is now the same day as the filing deadline for application for a place on the ballot in a May election or November of an odd-numbered year; special election write-in rules vary, see long calendars for details.

Generally, the filing deadline is the 71st day prior to Election Day (78th day prior to November General Election in even-numbered years); however, the Election Code may provide a different special election filing deadline. See Section 201.054 of the Texas Election Code.

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