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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 23, 2016, and no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 22, 2016. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 146.025. Your declaration must be accompanied by either a filing fee or a nominating petition (PDF) signed by a certain number of qualified voters. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 146.023(b), 146.0231, 146.0232. A person who was a candidate for office in the primary election is ineligible for a place on the list of write-in candidates for that same office in the succeeding general election for state and county officers. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §162.015.  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 with the county party chair no earlier than November 21, 2015 and no later than 6:00 p.m. on December 21, 2015. (deadline extended under Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 1.006) Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 146.021, 146.025(a), 171.0231(d), (e).

Write-In-Candidates
Public Office Sought in 2016
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
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 /
$1,875 c
2% 500
District Judge x - $2,500 /
$1,500 d
2% 500
Criminal District Judge x - $2,500 /
$1,500 d
2% 500
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, §172.025

 
  1. Percentage of all votes for all gubernatorial candidates cast in the applicable territory in the 2014 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).
  4. Pay higher fee in Bexar, Dallas, Harris and Tarrant Counties. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 146.0231 172.024(9)-(12).
  5. Pay higher fee if county attorney performs the duties of a district attorney.