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 2014 November Gubernatorial Election Dates


November 4, 2014 – Uniform Election Date
The more detailed calendars will be available later on the Elections homepage and on the Conducting Your Elections pages
Authority conducting elections County Elections Officer3/Local political subdivisions
Deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline Thursday, June 19, 2014 (Recommended; actual deadline extended by Emancipation Day state holiday to next business day, Friday, June 20, 2014).  For local (non-county) political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates.
First Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot 1 Saturday, July 19, 2014 (“first day” does not move)

(NEW LAW: Election Code Sec. 144.005 now provides for a “first day” to file unless otherwise provided by the Election Code.)

Last Day to Order General Election (or Special Election on a Measure)

Monday, August 18, 2014 (78th day)
Last Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for local political subdivisions ONLY) 1

Monday, August 18, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail Friday, September 5, 2014 (does not apply to FPCA)
Last Day to Register to Vote Monday, October 6, 2014
First Day of Early Voting Monday, October 20, 2014 (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 24, 2014 (NEW LAW: 9th day before election day; regular ABBM)

FPCA deadline is Tuesday, October 28, 2014 (UNCHANGED: 7th day before election day; FPCA)

Last Day of Early Voting Friday, October 31, 2014
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail Tuesday, November 4, 2014 (election day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless overseas deadline applies)


1 Local 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.

2 If 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. See Section 143.008 of the Texas Election Code.

3 The 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).

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