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Election Advisory No. 2018-36

To: County Elections Officers (County Clerks/Elections Administrators/Tax Assessors-Collectors)
From: Keith Ingram, Director of Elections
Keith Ingram's signature
Date: November 1, 2018

RE:

Canvass Dates and Recount Deadlines for the November 6, 2018 General Election for Federal, State and County Officers

This advisory is designed to be read together with the recount outline on our website. The Recount Form (PDF) can be downloaded from our website; alternatively, you may contact our office and request that the outline and forms be mailed directly to you.

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, 2018 General Election must be held not later than the fourteenth day after the election Tuesday, November 20, 2018 and not earlier than the later of the third day after election day Friday, November 9, 2018. The canvass cannot occur until the early voting ballot board has verified and counted all provisional ballots (if a provisional ballot has been cast in the election) or the date on which all timely received ballots cast from addresses outside of the United States are counted, if a ballot to be voted by mail in the election was provided to a person outside of the United States. [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 6, 2018 General Election must be held no earlier than the 18th day after the election Saturday, November 24, 2018, and no later than the thirty-third day after the election (Monday, December 10, 2018, as the thirty-third day falls on a Sunday). [Sec. 67.012]

Recount Dates

The deadline for filing a recount depends on the date the election is canvassed. You cannot canvass your election until the early voting ballot board has convened and counted all provisional and overseas ballots. All ballots by mail received by 7:00 pm on Election Day must be counted on Election Day. However you may also count a late domestic ballot that a non-military voter or a military voter using an ABBM (not an FPCA) may arrive not later than 5:00 pm on the day after the Election (November 7, 2018) if it bears a cancellation mark of postal service or a receipt mark of a common or contract carrier or a courier not later than 7:00 pm on November 6, 2018. The last day to receive a ballot from an overseas voter using an FPCA is five days after the election, which is (Tuesday, November 13, 2018, as the fifth day falls on a Sunday and Monday is a federal postal holiday). The last day to receive a ballot from a military voter using an FPCA is the sixth day after the election, which is (Tuesday, November 13, 2018, as the sixth day falls on a Monday which is a federal postal holiday).  The last day for the early voting ballot board to convene and count provisional and overseas ballots is the thirteenth day after the election, which is Monday, November 19, 2018. (65.051, 67.003, 86.007(d)(3), & 87.125).

Deadlines for Regular Recount Requests

The deadline to request a recount for a county or precinct office on the November 6, 2018 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. Please note that if the last day for performance of an act is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal state or national holiday, such as the Thanksgiving Day holiday on November 22, 2018, the act is timely if performed on the next regular business day, except as otherwise provided by the Code. [Sec. 1.006]

Local Canvass Date Recount Request Deadline (Regular):
Friday, November 9, 2018 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (Sec. 1.006)
Saturday, November 10, 2018 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (Sec. 1.006)
Sunday, November 11, 2018 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Monday, November 12, 2018 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 5:00 p.m., Thursday, November 15, 2018
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 16, 2018
Thursday, November 15, 2018 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 19, 2018 (Sec. 1.006)
Friday, November 16, 2018 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 19, 2018 (Sec. 1.006)
Saturday, November 17, 2018 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 19, 2018
Sunday, November 18, 2018 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Monday, November 19, 2018 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 26, 2018 (Sec. 1.006)

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 6, 2018 may in Advisory 2018-37

Reminder on Tie Votes and Automatic Recounts

Please note that even though recounts can be requested by candidates based on unofficial returns, the automatic recount based on a tie pursuant to Sec. 2.002 (plurality vote) should be based on the official canvassed returns. See recount outline and post-election memo for more details.

For more details, please see our Recount Outline.

If you need additional assistance, you may contact the Elections Division toll-free at 1-800-252-VOTE(8683).

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