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Deadline to register for primary runoff is April 25

April 21, 2016
Contact: Alicia Pierce or Mari Bergman

AUSTIN, TX – Today, Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos reminded Texans that April 25 is the last day to register to vote in time for the May 24 Primary Runoff Election.

“If voters missed out on registering in time for the primary election, there is still time to register for the primary runoff,” said Secretary Cascos. “Plus, if Texans register now, they will also be registered in plenty of time for the November election.”

Texans may access a registration form to print, sign and mail at VoteTexas.gov. They may also request a postage paid registration form by calling 1-800-252-VOTE.

Texas primary elections require candidates to secure a majority of the vote in order to receive their party’s nomination for a particular office. In elections where no candidate receives a majority of votes, the top two candidates face each other in a runoff election.

Voters in Texas do not have to register with a party to be able to participate in the primary or primary runoff.

Secretary Cascos did, however, remind voters they may not cross parties between the primary and the primary runoff election.

“If you voted in a party’s primary or nominating convention, you must stick with that party for any runoff elections,” said Cascos. “Eligible Texans who did not vote in the primary or participate in a nominating convention are free to vote in either primary runoff election.”

Texas voters must stick with the same party for the primary runoff if they voted in the primary, but they are not obligated to any party for the November General Election.

Early voting begins May 16 and ends May 20. Election Day is May 24.
In statewide elections, voters in both the Republican and Democrat primaries will choose candidates to serve as a railroad commissioner. Republicans will also be selecting amongst statewide candidates for places 2 and 5 of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Other races on the ballot will depend on a voter’s location.