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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 19, 2014, and no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 18, 2014. 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. 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 16, 2013 and no later than 6:00 p.m. on December 16, 2013 (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 2014
File Declaration of Write-in Candidacy
with
Filing Fee Nominating Petition in Lieu of Filing Fee  
  SEC OF STATE COUNTY JUDGE   % Signatures a Number of Signaturese
United States Senator x - $5,000 - 5000
United States Representative x - $3,125 2% 500
Governor x - $3,750 - 5000
Lieutenant Governor x - $3,750 - 5000
Attorney General x - $3,750 - 5000
Comptroller of Public Accounts x - $3,750 - 5000
Commissioner of General Land Office x - $3,750 - 5000
Commissioner of Agriculture x - $3,750 - 5000
Railroad Commissioner x - $3,750 - 5000
Chief Justice and Justice, Supreme Court x - $3,750 - 5000
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals x - $3,750 - 5000
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
District Attorney x - $1,250 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 Court - x $2,500/$1,500 d 2% 500
Judge, County Probate Court - x $2,500/$1,500 d 2% 500
District Clerk - x $1,250/$750 b 2% 500
District & County Clerk - x $1,250/$750 b 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
Constable - x $1,000/$375 b 2% 500
Source: Texas Election Code Section §146.024 § 146.023(b)
§ 146.0231
§172.024
§146.023(b)
§146.0232
§172.025
  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, 146.0232, 172.0255.
  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, 3, 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. The minimum number of signatures that must appear on write-in candidate’s petition for statewide office is 5000. The minimum number of signatures that must appear on write-in candidate’s petition for district, county, or precinct office is the lesser of (1) 500, or (2) 2% 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) above. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§146.023, 146.0232, 172.025.