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Election Advisory No. 2012-20

To: County Elections Officers (County Clerks/Elections Administrators/Tax Assessors-Collectors)
From: Keith Ingram, Director of Elections
Date: November 9, 2012
RE: Canvass Dates and Recount Deadlines For the November 6, 2012 General Election for Federal, State and County Officers

Canvass Dates

For all county and precinct races, the final canvass is the local canvass.  Section 67.005 of the Texas Election Code ("the Code").  The local canvass for the November 6, 2012 General Election must be held no earlier than the eighth day after the election (Wednesday, November 14, 2012) and no later than the eleventh day after the election.  Section 67.003 of the Code.  Since the eleventh day falls on a weekend, the deadline is extended to the next business day (Monday, November 19, 2012, the thirteenth day after the election).  Section 1.006 of the Code.

For all district (including single county districts), federal, and statewide races, the final canvass is the state canvass.  Section 67.010 of the Code.  The state canvass for the November 6, 2012 General Election must be held no earlier than the fifteenth day after the election (Wednesday, November 21, 2012), and no later than the thirtieth day after the election (Thursday, December 6, 2012).  Section 67.012 of the Code.

Recount Dates

The deadline to request a recount for a county or precinct office on the November 6, 2012 General Election ballot is 5:00 p.m. of the second day after the canvass is actually conducted.  Section 212.028 of the Code.  Below are the canvass dates and the deadlines for filing a recount in county and precinct races.

County and Precinct Races Canvass Date Recount Request Filing Deadline
Wednesday, November 14th (8th day) 5 p.m., Friday, November 16th
Thursday, November 15th (9th day) 5 p.m., Monday, November 19th (Sec. 1.006)
Friday, November 16th (10th day) 5 p.m., Monday, November 19th (Sec. 1.006)
Saturday, November 17th (11th day) 5 p.m., Monday, November 19th
Sunday, November 18th (12th day) 5 p.m., Tuesday, November 20th
Monday, November 19th (13th day) 5 p.m., Wednesday, November 21st

The deadline to request a recount for a statewide or district office is 5:00 p.m. of the second day after the final state canvass.  Section 212.028 of the Code.  The final state canvass date for the general election has not been set at press time, so those deadlines cannot yet be determined. 

Recount deadlines for elections conducted by cities, schools and other political subdivisions on November 6, 2012 may be found at this memo

For additional information on recounts such as petition requirements and deposit calculations, please see the recount outline and forms posted on our website or you may contact our office via telephone or email to request copies.

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