2020 Texas Candidate Info
Texas Candidate Resources
Calendar (mostly from Secretary of State's elections calendar page)
November 9, 2019 Candidate filing opens
December 9, 2019 Candidate filing closes (6:00 pm)
January 2, 2020 Last day for a party with state organization, which intends to make nominations by convention, to register with Secretary of State.
March 3, 2020 Primary Election Day (Libertarians should not participate)
March 10, 2020 Precinct conventions held to elect delegates to county or district conventions of minor parties.
March 14, 2020 County convention for minor parties (Libertarians) that are nominating candidates for single-county district, county, or precinct offices.
March 21, 2020 District convention for minor parties (Libertarians) nominating candidates for multi-county district offices.
April 18, 2020 State convention for minor party (Libertarian) that is nominating candidates for statewide offices.
October 13, 2020 (had been October 19) First day of early voting by personal appearance for November 3 general election.
October 30, 2020 Last day of early voting by personal appearance for November 3 general election.
November 3, 2020 Election Day
Campaign Finance Reporting Schedule for candidates who file with the Texas Ethics Commission
Includes: Railroad Commissioner, State Supreme Court, State Board of Education, State Senate, State Representative.
Does note include: U.S. Senate and U.S. Representative. For campaign finance reports for those federal offices, see FEC.gov.
Candidates for county offices: e.g. Sheriff, County Judge, County Commissioner, Tax Assessor/Collector, Justice of the Peace, Constable - contact county officials to find out your reporting requirements.
Click for full schedule with many different details that apply to certain situations. Summary schedule applying to many candidates is below.
Click to start your report.
TEC CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTING SCHEDULE SUMMARY TABLE
Note 1: Not required for candidates who declared to file on the modified reporting schedule. See your CTA.
Note 2: Suggest marking this report as your final report if you have not already filed a final report.
Are county chairs permitted to run for office?
Yes, as of 2013. Previously, no. From Texas Election Code Section 161.005: "(c) A candidate for nomination or election to, or the holder of, an elective office of the federal, state, or county government is eligible to serve as a county or precinct chair of a political party to which Chapter 181 applies." 161.005(c) was added during the 2013 legislature.
More Texas Resources
Who Represents me? Enter your address and find your districts for U.S. Rep.,
State Rep., State Senate, and State Board of Education.
Texas House of Representatives - Wikipedia
Texas State Senate - Wikipedia
Texas Secretary of State's Links:
Offices up for election in 2020.
Qualifications for All Public Offices.
Candidate’s Guide to Nomination and General Election for 2020.
Election Advisory No. 2019-13 House Bill 2504 – New Rules for Parties Nominating by Convention Process
Nominee of Libertarian or Green Party in 2020
Filing Fees or Petition Signature requirements
Introductory Note Concerning Conventions of Parties Holding Primary Elections (Directed to D's & R's but has important calendar for minor parties [Libertarians].)
Forms: See Chapter-2 Candidates, Minor Parties section.
Form: Application for Nomination by _ Convention of _ Party; Form Notes.
Form: Application for Nomination by Convention of _ Party (Federal Form); Form Notes.
Form: PETITION IN LIEU OF A FILING FEE. Form Notes. Most people underestimate the difficulty of collecting petition signatures so we recommend paying the filing fee instead of collecting signatures.
Historical Election Results
Verify Voter Registration
Texas Ethics Commission links:
Filing Schedule for Campaign Finance Reports
Campaign Treasurer Appointment List of Active Filers: click "Active Campaign Filer Lists", then follow instructions.
Campaign Finance Guide for Candidates (who file with the TEC)
Personal Financial Statement must be filed electronically, but here's a link to a paper version just for reference.
County Election Administrators
Libertarian Party of Texas links:
Candidate Interest Form
Candidate Forms (old-needs updating)
TX Green Party Candidate FAQ