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Write-In Candidates

(Amended to reflect Federal District Court Order of 3/1/2012)

In order to become a write-in candidate in the general election, file a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy (PDF) with the Secretary of State or your county judge, as appropriate (see chart), no earlier than July 21, 2012, and no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 20, 2012.  Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 146.025 (NEW LAW, SB 100, 2011 Legislative Session).  Your declaration must be accompanied by either a filing fee or a nominating petition (PDF) 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. Per federal district court order of 3/1/12, the filing deadline for county chair is March 9, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. We anticipate a corrected order to reflect a write-in deadline for precinct chair.

See Section 162.015 for more details about how primary voting or candidacy affects (or does not affect) candidacy.

Write-In-Candidates
Public Office Sought in 2012
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
Senator
x
 
$5,000
 
5000
United States Representative
x  
-
$3,125
2%
500
Railroad Commissioner
x
-
$3,750
-
5,000
Justice, Supreme Court
x
-
$3,750
-
5,000
Presiding Judge and 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/$1,875c
2%
500
District Judge
x
-
$2,500/$1,500 d
2%
500
Criminal District Judge
x
-
$2,500/$1,500 d
2%
500
District Attorney
x
-
$1,250
2%
500
Judge, County Court-at-Law
 
x
$2,500/$1,500 d
2%
500
Judge, County Criminal Court
 
x
$2,500/$1,500 d
2%
500
Judge, County Probate Court
 
x
$2,500/$1,500 d
2%
500
County Attorney
-
x
$1,250/$750 e
2%
500
Sheriff
-
x
$1,250/$750 b
2%
500
Tax Assessor-Collector
-
x
$1,250/$750 b
2%
500
County Commissioner
-
x
$1,250/$750 b
2%
500
Constable
-
x
$1,000/$375 b
2%
500
Justice of the Peace (Place 1)
-
x
$1,000/$375 b
2%
500
Source: Texas Election Code Section
§146.024
§146.0231
§146.0232, §170.025
  1. Percentage of all votes for all gubernatorial candidates cast in the applicable territory in the 2010 general election. If number is less than 50, a larger percentage may be required.  Consult Secretary of State for further information.  Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 146.023, 172.025.
  2. Pay higher fee if county has at least 200,000 inhabitants according to 2010 Census.
  3. Pay higher fee in Courts of Appeals Districts 1, 2, 4, 5, and 14.  Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 146.0231, 172.024(8) (NEW LAW, HB 2702, 2011 Legislative Session).
  4. Pay higher fee in Bexar, Dallas, Harris and Tarrant Counties.  Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 146.0231 172.024(9)-(12) (NEW LAW, HB 2702, 2011 Legislative Session).
  5. Pay higher fee if county attorney performs the duties of a district attorney.