Election Notice: Election Night Returns
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Nominee of New Party or Party Without Ballot Access

If you are a member of a new party or if your party's candidates for statewide office in the last general election received less than five percent of the vote, your party must qualify for ballot access. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 181.0041, 181.005. Your party must register (PDF) with the Secretary of State's Office by January 2, 2018, and needs the support of 47,183 qualified voters. If you hope to become the nominee of a new party for a particular office, you must file an application for nomination (PDF) with the county or state party chair, as appropriate (see chart). The application must be filed no later than 6:00 p.m., December 11, 2017. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 181.033. If you receive a majority of the votes cast at the county, district, or state convention, as appropriate, your name will appear on the general election ballot in November 2018 if your party has obtained ballot access. For more information on obtaining ballot access, please see our guide on establishing a political party in Texas.

NOTE: In the 2016 general election, the Green Party did not have a candidate for statewide office receive at least five percent of the vote. Therefore, these rules would currently apply to the Green Party and their candidates

Nominee of New Party or Party without Ballot Access
Public Office Sought in 2018 File Application with Party Chair  
  State County
United States Senator x -
United States Representative x -
Governor x -
Lieutenant Governor x -
Attorney General x -
Comptroller of Public Accounts x -
Commissioner of General Land Office x -
Commissioner of Agriculture x -
Railroad Commissioner x -
Chief Justice & Justice, Supreme Court x -
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals x -
State Senator x -
State Representative x -
Member, State Board of Education x -
Chief Justice and Justice, Court of Appeals x -
District Judge x -
Criminal District Judge x -
Family District Judge x -
District Attorney x -
Criminal District Attorney x -
County Judge - x
Judge, County Court-at-Law - x
Judge, County Criminal Court - x
Judge, County Probate Court - x
District Clerk - x
District & County Clerk - x
County Clerk - x
County Treasurer - x
County Surveyor - x
County Commissioner - x
Justice of the Peace - x
Constable - x
Source: Texas Election Code Section §§ 181.032; 182.0041