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 2016 Election Dates
|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.