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Election Advisory No. 2014-24

To: County Elections Officers (County Clerks/Elections Administrators/Tax Assessors-Collectors)
From: Keith Ingram, Director of Elections
Date: October 28, 2014
RE: Canvass Dates and Recount Deadlines for the November 4, 2014 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 4, 2014 General Election must be held no earlier than the eighth day after the election (Wednesday, November 12, 2014) and no later than the fourteenth day after the election (Tuesday, November 18, 2014).  [Sec. 67.003]

For all district (including single county districts), federal, and statewide races, the final canvass is the state canvass.  [Sec. 67.010]  The state canvass for the November 4, 2014 General Election must be held no earlier than the eighteenth day after the election (Saturday, November 22, 2014), and no later than the thirty-third day after the election (Monday, December 7, 2014 as the thirty-third day falls on a Sunday).  [Sec. 67.012]

Recount Dates

The deadline to request a recount for a county or precinct office on the November 4, 2014 General Election ballot is 5:00 p.m. of the second day after the canvass is actually conducted.  [Sec. 212.028]  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 12th (8th day)

5 p.m., Friday, November 14, 2014

Thursday, November 13th (9th day)

5 p.m., Monday, November 17, 2014 (Sec. 1.006)

Friday, November 14th (10th day)

5 p.m., Monday, November 17, 2014 (Sec. 1.006)

Saturday, November 15th (11th day)

5 p.m., Monday, November 17, 2014

Sunday, November 16th (12th day)

5 p.m., Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Monday, November 17th (13th day)

5 p.m., Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tuesday, November 18th (14th day)

5 p.m., Thursday, November 20, 2014

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. [Sec. 212.028] 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 4, 2014 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 (PDF) posted on our website or you may contact our office via telephone or email to request copies.

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