Learn everything you need to know to vote
|Authority Conducting Elections||County Election Officers and Local Political Subdivisions|
|Deadline to Post Notice of Candidate Filing Deadline (Local Political Subdivisions Only)||Thursday, June 23, 2016|
|First Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)||Saturday, July 23, 2016|
|Last Day to Order a General Election (or Special Election on a Measure)||Monday, August 22, 2016|
|Last Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)||Monday, August 22, 2016|
|Last Day to File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy (Local Political Subdivisions Only)||Friday, August 26, 2016
(* NEW LAW: the deadline to submit a declaration of write-in candidacy for most local (city, school, other) general elections is now the 74th day before election day.)
|Last Day to Register to Vote||Tuesday, October 11, 2016*
*First business day after Columbus Day
|First Day of Early Voting||Monday, October 24, 2016|
|Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked)||Friday, October 28, 2016
(* NEW LAW: 11th day before election day; ABBM and FPCA.)
|Last Day of Early Voting||Friday, November 4, 2016|
|Last Day to Receive Ballot by Mail||Tuesday, November 8, 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.
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
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. The voter will be able to vote a regular ballot in the new county since the registration will be effective by election day.
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;
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.
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.
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.
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