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 2016 Election Dates

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.

Last Day to Register to Vote Monday, April 25, 2016
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)

November 8, 2016 – Uniform Election Date
A more detailed calendar will be available later on the

Elections home page and on the Conducting Your Elections pages.

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.

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