Election Information

Important 2013 Election Dates


May 11, 2013 - Uniform Election Date

Authority conducting elections1 Local political subdivisions and counties
Deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline Monday, December 31, 2012 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 for local political subdivisions that do not have a first day to file for their candidates
First Day to File for Place on Ballot (for cities and schools ONLY) (filing deadline for other political subdivisions may vary)2 Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Last Day to File for Place on Ballot, Local General Election2 Friday, March 1, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, March 15, 2013 (see note below relating to four-year terms) 3

Last Day to Order General Election or Election on a Measure Friday, March 1, 2013
First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail Tuesday, March 12, 2013 (does not apply to FPCA (Federal Post Card Application))
Last Day to Register to Vote Thursday, April 11, 2013
First Day of Early Voting By Personal Appearance Monday, April 29, 2013
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail Friday, May 3, 2013 (Received by close of business, not Postmarked) (May 4, 2013 is the seventh day, but deadline moves back to preceding business day, Friday)
Last Day of Early Voting By Personal Appearance Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail May 11, 2013 (election day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless overseas deadline applies)



November 5, 2013 - Uniform Election Date
These dates are subject to changes from the 2013 legislative session.

Authority conducting elections Local political subdivisions and counties
Deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline Wednesday, June 26, 2013 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates

Monday, July 29, 2013 for local political subdivisions that do not have a first day to file for their candidates (30th day before last day on which candidate may file falls on a Saturday, deadline moves to next business day) day)
First Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for cities and schools ONLY)2 Saturday, July 27, 2013 ("first day" does not move)
Last Day to Order General Election Monday, August 26, 2013
Last Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for local political subdivisions ONLY)2 Monday, August 26, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail Friday, September 6, 2013 (does not apply to FPCA)
Last Day to Register to Vote Monday, October 7, 2013
First Day of Early Voting Monday, October 21, 2013 (17th day before election day falls on a Saturday, first day moves to next business day)
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail Tuesday, October 29, 2013
(Received by close of business, not Postmarked)
Last Day of Early Voting Friday, November 1, 2013
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail November 5, 2013 (election day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless overseas deadline applies)


1 Local political subdivisions: county local propositions, cities, school districts, water districts, hospital districts, and any other local government entity that conducts elections. Many of these elections are conducted on the May uniform election date.

2Filing deadlines: generally, the filing deadline is the 71st day prior to Election Day. (The new law about the 78th day before Election Day applies to the November general election date in even-numbered years). The Texas Election Code (the "Code") may provide a different special election filing deadline. See Section 201.054 of the Code. Local political subdivisions, other than cities or school districts, might not have a "first day" to file. Write-in deadlines for general and special elections also vary.

3If 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 Code.

4The 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).

Source: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/2013dates.shtml