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Write-In Candidates

In order to become a write-in candidate in the general election, file a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy with the Secretary of State or your county judge, as appropriate (see chart), no earlier than July 25, 2010, and no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 24, 2010. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 146.023, 146.025. Your declaration must be accompanied by either a filing fee or a nominating petition signed by a certain number of qualified voters. Write-in candidates are not permitted in primary elections, except for the party office of county chair or precinct chair. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 172.112. For the party office of county or precinct chair, you must file a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy no earlier than November 30, 2009 and no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 30, 2009. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 146.025, 171.0231.

Write-In-Candidates
Public Office Sought in 2010
File Declaration of Write-in Candidacy
with
Filing Fee Nominating Petition in Lieu of Filing Fee  
SEC OF STATE COUNTY JUDGE   % Signatures a Maximum Number of Signatures
United States Representative
x
-
$3,125
2%
500
Governor
x
-
$3,750
-
5,000
Lieutenant Governor
x
-
$3,750
-
5,000
Attorney General
x
-
$3,750
-
5,000
Comptroller of Public Accounts
x
-
$3,750
-
5,000
Commissioner of General Land Office
x
-
$3,750
-
5,000
Commissioner of Agriculture
x
-
$3,750
-
5,000
Railroad Commissioner
x
-
$3,750
-
5,000
Justice, Supreme Court
x
-
$3,750
-
5,000
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals
x
-
$3,750
-
5,000
State Senator
x
-
$1,250
2%
500
State Representative
x
-
$750
2%
500
Member, State Board of Education
x
-
$300
2%
500
Chief Justice and Justice, Court of Appeals
x
-
$2,500/$1,875 c
2%
500
District Judge
x
-
$2,500/$1,500 d
2%
500
Criminal District Judge
x
-
$2,500/$1,500 d
2%
500
Family District Judge
x
-
$2,500/$1,500 d
2%
500
Criminal District Attorney
x
-
$1,250
2%
500
County Judge
-
x
$1,250/$750 b
2%
500
Judge, County Court-at-Law
-
x
$2,500/$1,500 d
2%
500
Judge, County Criminal Ct.
-
x
$2,500/$1,500 d
2%
500
Judge, County Probate Ct.
-
x
$2,500/$1,500 d
2%
500
District Clerk
-
x
$1,250/$750 b
2%
500
District & County Clerk
-
x
$750
2%
500
County Clerk
-
x
$1,250/$750 b
2%
500
County Treasurer
-
x
$1,250/$750 b
2%
500
County Surveyor
-
x
$75
2%
500
County Commissioner
-
x
$1,250/$750 b
2%
500
Justice of the Peace
-
x
$1,000/$375 b
2%
500
Source: Texas Election Code Section
146.024
146.0231, 172.024
146.0232, 170.025
  1. Percentage of all votes for all gubernatorial candidates cast in the applicable territory in the 2006 general election. If number is less than 50, a larger percentage may be required. Consult Secretary of State for further information.
  2. Pay higher fee if county has at least 200,000 inhabitants according to 2000 Census.
  3. Pay higher fee in Courts of Appeals Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 14.
  4. Pay higher fee in Bexar, Dallas, Harris and Tarrant Counties.