You may have your name placed on the general election ballot as an independent candidate if you are not affiliated with a political party. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 1.005(9). If you vote in a party’s primary elections or participate in a party’s conventions, you thereby affiliate with the party. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 142.008, 162.003, 162.007. File a Declaration of Intent to Run as an Independent Candidate (PDF) between November 9, 2013 and 6:00 p.m. on December 9, 2013 (Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 142.002(b)(2)), with the county judge (county or precinct offices) or the Secretary of State (district and state offices). Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 142.005. After the primary elections, collect signatures (PDF) from registered voters, who support your application for a place on the general election ballot (PDF). Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 142.009. The signers must be registered voters who have not participated in the general primary election or the runoff primary election of a party that has nominated, at either election, a candidate for the office you seek. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 142.009. File the application, along with petition, by 5:00 p.m. on June 26, 2014, with the county judge (county or precinct offices) or the Secretary of State (district and state offices). Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 142.005, 142.006. Contact the Secretary of State’s office concerning the number of signatures required.
|Public Office Sought in 2014||File Declaration of Intent and Application with||Nominating Petition|
|SEC OF STATE||COUNTY JUDGE||% Signatures a||Number of Signatures b|
United States Senator
|United States Representative||x||-||5%||500|
Comptroller of Public Accounts
|Commissioner of General Land Office||x||-||1%||-|
|Commissioner of Agriculture||x||-||1%||-|
|Chief Justice and Justice, Supreme Court||x||-||1%||-|
|Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals||x||-||1%||-|
|Member, State Board of Education||x||-||5%||500|
|Chief Justice and Justice, Court of Appeals||x||-||5%||500|
|Criminal District Judge||x||-||5%||500|
|Family District Judge||x||-||5%||500|
|Criminal District Attorney||x||-||5%||500|
|Judge, County Court-at-Law||-||x||5%||500|
|Judge, County Criminal Court||-||x||5%||500|
|Judge, County Probate Court||-||x||5%||500|
|District & County Clerk||-||x||5%||500|
|Justice of the Peace||-||x||5%||500|
|Source: Texas Election Code Section||§142.002 & §142.005||§142.007|
- Percentage of all votes for all gubernatorial candidates cast in the applicable territory in the 2010 general election. If number is less than 25, a larger percentage may be required. Consult Secretary of State for further information. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 142.007.
- The minimum number of signatures that must appear on candidate’s petition for statewide office is 1% of the total vote received by all gubernatorial candidates in the 2010 general election. The minimum number of signatures that must appear on candidate’s petition for district, county, or precinct office is the lesser of (1) 500, or (2) 5% of the total vote received in the district, county, or precinct, as applicable, by all gubernatorial candidates in the 2010 general election, subject to (a) immediately above. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 142.007.