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Laws and Procedures Pertaining to Election Administrators

2019 Election Advisories and Memos
Bullet New: No. 2019-12 - House Bill 1421 and Election Security Assessments
Bullet New: No. 2019-11 - 2019 Legislative Summary
Bullet No. 2019-10 - November 5, 2019 Election Law Calendar
Bullet No. 2019-09 - Minority Language Requirements
Bullet No. 2019-08 - Appointment Procedures for County Election Precinct Presiding and Alternate Judges, Election Clerks, Early Voting Ballot Board Members, Signature Verification Committee Members, and Central Counting Station Personnel
Bullet No. 2019-06 - Recount Deadlines for the May 4, 2019 Elections of Cities, School Districts and Other Political Subdivisions
Bullet No. 2019-05 - Post-Election Procedures and Qualifying for Office for the May 4, 2019 Uniform Election
Bullet No. 2019-04 - Volunteer Deputy Registrars
Bullet No. 2019-03 - Court orders in pending litigation involving non-citizen list maintenance process
Bullet Rescinded No. 2019-02 - Use of Non-U.S. Citizen Data obtained from the Department of Public Safety
Bullet No. 2019-01 - 2019 Opportunities to use Countywide Polling Place Program
 
2018 Election Advisories and Memos
Bullet No. 2018-41 - May 4, 2019 Election Law Calendar
Bullet No. 2018-40 - Precinct by Precinct Report for November 6, 2018 Elections
Bullet No. 2018-39 - Partial Manual Count for November 6, 2018 Elections
Bullet No. 2018-38 - Post-Election Procedures and Qualifying for Office
Bullet No. 2018-37 - Canvass and Recount Deadlines for the November 6, 2018 Elections of Cities, School Districts and Other Political Subdivisions
Bullet No. 2018-36 - Canvass Dates and Recount Deadlines for the November 6, 2018 General Election for Federal, State and County Officers
Bullet No. 2818-35 - Voting on Hart eSlate Machines
Bullet No. 2018-34 - Electronic Voting System Procedures Advisory
Bullet No. 2018-33 - Certain Activities in Vicinity of Polling Places
Bullet No. 2018-32 - Limited Ballot Voters and District Chart
Bullet No. 2018-31 - Volunteer Deputy Registrars
Bullet No. 2018-30 - Revised Procedures for the Partial Manual Count
Bullet No. 2018-29 - Handguns in Polling Places (KP-0212)
Bullet No. 2018-28 - Minority Language Requirements
Bullet No. 2018-27 - Additional Instructions for Preparation of Ballot for Write-In Candidates and Independents, Procedures for Uncontested Candidates Declared Elected, and Legend Printing Instructions
Bullet No. 2018-26 - Ballot Preparation and Sample Ballots for November 6, 2018 General Election
Bullet No. 2018-25 - November 6, 2018 Election Law Calendar
Bullet No. 2018-24 - Appointment Procedures for County Election Precinct Presiding and Alternate Judges, Election Clerks, Early Voting Ballot Board Members, Signature Verification Committee Members, and Central Counting Station Personnel
Bullet No. 2018-23 - Precinct by Precinct Report for May 22, 2018 Primary Runoff Election
Bullet No. 2018-22 - Partial Manual Count after the May 22, 2018 Primary Runoff Election
Bullet No. 2018-21 - Canvass and Recount Filing Deadlines for 2018 Primary Runoff Elections
Bullet No. 2018-20 - Precinct by Precinct Report
Bullet No. 2018-19 - Post-Election Procedures and Qualifying for Office
Bullet No. 2018-18 - Recount Deadlines for May Uniform Election
Bullet No. 2018-17 - Partial Manual Count for May Uniform Election
Bullet No. 2018-16 - Additional Ballot by Mail Procedures for May Uniform Election and Primary Runoff Election
Bullet No. 2018-15 - Party Affiliation Questions and Answers
Bullet No. 2018-14 - Precinct by Precinct Report for March 6, 2018 Elections
Bullet No. 2018-13 - Canvass and Recount Filing Deadlines for 2018 Primary Election
Bullet No. 2018-12 - Partial Manual Count after the March 6, 2018 Primary Election
Bullet No. 2018-11 - Certain Activities in Vicinity of Polling Places
Bullet No. 2018-09 - Laws and Procedures for Annual and Regular ABBMs
Bullet No. 2018-08 -Voter Identification Procedures
Bullet No. 2018-07 - Updated Primary Election Procedures
Bullet No. 2018-06 - Joint Primary Election Signage
Bullet No. 2018-05 - Emergency Ballot Procedures
Bullet No. 2018-04 - FWABs and Voters in Hostile Fire Pay and Combat Zones
Bullet No. 2018-03 - Instructions and Deadlines for Mailing/Emailing Ballots Under the Federal “MOVE Act” for Overseas Voters
Bullet No. 2018-02 - Ballot by Mail Deadlines; HB 1151, HB 929 (Regular Session); SB 5 (Special Session)
Bullet No. 2018-01 - Registering a Voter at a Business Address
 
2017 Election Advisories and Memos
Bullet No. 2017-23 - May 5, 2018 Election Law Calendar
Bullet No. 2017-22 - Exemptions to Voting System Accessibility Requirements
Bullet No. 2017-21 - Expansion of definition of DRE (OAG Opinion - KP-0170)
Bullet Partial Manual Count after the November 7, 2017 Uniform Election Date
Bullet Precinct by Precinct Report for November 7, 2017 Elections
Bullet 2018 Opportunities to Use Countywide Polling Places and Countywide Polling Place Program FAQs
Bullet No. 2017-20 Post-Election Procedures and Qualifying for Office
Bullet No. 2017-19 - Recount Deadlines for the November 7, 2017 Elections of Cities, School Districts and Other Political Subdivisions
Bullet No. 2017-18 - 2017 Legislative Summary
Bullet No. 2017-17 - Updates to Voting System Procedures – Precinct Ballot Counters and Central Accumulators
Bullet No. 2017-16 - Central Counting Station Plan
Bullet No. 2017-15 - Voter Identification Procedures
Bullet No. 2017-14 - Certain Activities in Vicinity of Polling Places
Bullet No. 2017-13 - Voter Registration Certificate
Bullet No. 2017-12 - Voting at Residential Care Facilities and Other Provisions of HB 658 (85th Legislature, RS, 2017)
Bullet No. 2017-11 - NEW LAW:  House Bill 1151 and House Bill 929 – Ballot by Mail Deadlines and Federal Post Card Application (“FPCA”) User Ballot Deadlines
Bullet No. 2017-10 - Required Oaths for Election Offices
Bullet No. 2017-09 - Minority Language Requirements
Bullet No. 2017-08 - Appendices, March 6, 2018 Primary Election Law Calendar
Bullet No. 2017-07 - March 6, 2018 Primary Election Law Calendar
Bullet No. 2017-06 - Senate Bill 957 – Numbering and Lettering of Propositions on the Ballot
Bullet No. 2017-05 - November 7, 2017 Election Law Calendar
Bullet No. 2017-04 - Appointment Procedures for County Election Precinct Presiding and Alternate Judges, Election Clerks, Early Voting Ballot Board Members, Signature Verification Committee Members, and Central Counting Station Personnel
Bullet Precinct by Precinct Report for May 6, 2017 Elections
Bullet Waiver of Partial Manual Count after the May 6, 2017 Uniform Election Date
Bullet No. 2017-03 - Recount Deadlines for the May 6, 2017 Elections of Cities, School Districts and Other Political Subdivisions
Bullet No. 2017-02 - Post-Election Procedures and Qualifying for Office for the May 6, 2017 Uniform Election
Bullet No. 2017-01 - Oath of Office (General Information)
 
2016 Election Advisories and Memos
Bullet Application Deadlines for Countywide Election Precincts Polling Places in Countywide Elections Held on May 6, 2017 and November 7, 2017 Uniform Election Dates
Bullet 2017 Opportunities to Use Countywide Polling Places and Countywide Polling Place Program FAQs
Bullet No. 2016-24 - May 6, 2017 Election Law Calendar
Bullet Partial Manual Count after the November 8, 2016 General Election for State and County Officers and Uniform Election Date
Bullet Precinct by Precinct Report
Bullet No. 2016-22 - Canvass Dates and Recount Deadlines for the November 8, 2016 General Election for Federal, State and County Officers
Bullet No. 2016-20 - Certain Activities in Vicinity of Polling Places
Bullet Presidential Ballot (Chapter 113, Texas Election Code)
Bullet Limited Ballot Voters and District Chart (Chapters 111 and 112, Texas Election Code)
Bullet No. 2016-19 - Instructions and Deadlines for Mailing/Emailing Ballots Under the Federal “MOVE Act” for Overseas Voters
Bullet No. 2016-18 - Procedures for Federal Write-In Absentee Ballots (FWABs) from FPCA Voters and Voters in Hostile Fire Pay and Combat Zones
Bullet No. 2016-17 - Voter Identification Procedures
Bullet No. 2016-16 - 2016 Annual Voting Systems Filing Report
Bullet No. 2016-15 - Minority Language Requirements
Bullet Amended: No. 2016-14 - November 8, 2016 Election Law Calendar
Bullet No. 2016-13 - Appointment Procedures for County Election Precinct Presiding and Alternate Judges, Election Clerks, Early Voting Ballot Board Members, Signature Verification Committee Members, and Central Counting Station Personnel
Bullet No. 2016-12 - Considerations for Obtaining a New Voting System
Bullet No. 2016-11 - Canvass and Recount Filing Deadlines for 2016 Primary Runoff Elections
Bullet No. 2016-10 - Post-Election Procedures and Qualifying for Office for the May 7, 2016 Uniform Election
Bullet No. 2016-09 - Recount Deadlines for the May 7, 2016 Election
Bullet Required Partial Manual Count for all Political Subdivisions holding a May 7, 2016 Uniform Election
Bullet Partial Manual Count after the March 1, 2016 Primary Election Date
Bullet No. 2016-06 - Canvass and Recount Filing Deadlines for 2016 Primary Elections & Forms
Bullet No. 2016-05 - Certain Activities in Vicinity of Polling Places
Bullet No. 2016-04 - Emergency Ballot Procedures
Bullet Countywide Polling Place Program FAQs
Bullet Application Deadlines for Countywide Election Precincts Polling Places in Countywide Elections Held in 2016
Bullet No. 2016-02 - Procedures for Federal Write-In Absentee Ballots (FWABs) from FPCA Voters and Voters in Hostile Fire Pay and Combat Zones
Bullet No. 2016-01 - Instructions and Deadlines for Mailing/Emailing Ballots Under the Federal “MOVE Act” for Overseas Voters
 
2015 Election Advisories and Memos
Bullet Ballot Preparation and Sample Ballots for March 1, 2016 Primary Election
Bullet No. 2015-15 - Appendices, March 1, 2016 Primary Calendar
Bullet Partial Manual Count after the November 3, 2015 Uniform Election Date
Bullet Precinct by Precinct Report for November 3, 2015 Election
Bullet No. 2015-14 - May 7, 2016 Election Law Calendar
Bullet No. 2015-13 - Certain Activities in Vicinity of Polling Places
Bullet No. 2015-12 - Post-Election Procedures and Qualifying for Office
Bullet No. 2015-11 - Recount Deadlines for the November 3, 2015 Elections of Cities, School Districts and Other Political Subdivisions
Bullet No. 2015-10 - New Laws and Procedures for ABBMs due to passage of HB 1927
Bullet No. 2015-09 - March 1, 2016 Election Law Calendar
Bullet No. 2015-08 - DPS Web Portal
Bullet No. 2015-07 - 2015 Legislative Summary
Bullet No. 2015-06 - Appointment Procedures for County Election Precinct Presiding and Alternate Judges and Election Clerks, Early Voting Ballot Board Members, Signature Verification Committee Members, and Central Counting Station Personnel
Bullet No. 2015-05 - Official Minority Language Requirements
Bullet No. 2015-04 - November 3, 2015 Election Law Calendar
Bullet Precinct-by-Precinct Reports for May 9
Bullet Partial Manual Count – May 9 Uniform Election
Bullet No. 2015-03 - Post-Election Procedures and Qualifying for Office for the May 9, 2015 Uniform Election
Bullet No. 2015-02 - Recount Deadlines for the May 9, 2015 Elections of Cities, School Districts and Other Political Subdivisions
Bullet No. 2015-01 - Issuance of Receipts and Registration Applications by Volunteer Deputy Registrars (NEW APPLICATION FORM)
Bullet Exemptions to Voting System Accessibility Requirements
 
2014 Election Advisories and Memos
Bullet Opportunity to Use Countywide Election Precincts Polling Places in Countywide Elections Held on March 4, 2014 Primary Election Date and on May 10, 2014 and November 4, 2014 Uniform Election Dates
Bullet Application Deadlines for Countywide Election Precincts Polling Places in Countywide Elections Held on May 9, 2015 and November 3, 2015 Uniform Election Dates
Bullet No. 2014-25 May 9, 2015 Election Law Calendar
Bullet No. 2014-24 - Canvass Dates and Recount Deadlines for the November 4, 2014 General Election for Federal, State and County Officers
Bullet No. 2014-23 - Recount Deadlines for the November 4, 2014 Elections of Cities, School Districts and Other Political Subdivisions
Bullet No. 2014-22 - Post-Election Procedures and Qualifying for Office
Bullet Joint Elections and Polling Places FAQs
Bullet Election Advisory No. 2014-21 - Certain Activities in Vicinity of Polling Places
Bullet Countywide Polling Place Program FAQs
Bullet Limited Ballot Voters and District Chart (Chapters 111 and 112, Texas Election Code)
Bullet Waiver of Partial Manual Count for the November 4, 2014 Elections
Bullet Annual Application for Ballot by Mail FAQs & Early Voting Roster Information
Bullet No. 2014-20 - Processing and Counting Write-In Votes Cast on Electronic Voting Systems
Bullet No. 2014-19 - Manual/Hand Counting Rules for Paper and Optical Scan Ballots
Bullet No. 2014-18 - Central Counting and Central Accumulation Station Procedures
Bullet No. 2014-17 - Procedures for Federal Write-In Absentee Ballots (FWABs) from FPCA Voters and Voters in Hostile Fire Pay and Combat Zones
Bullet No. 2014-16 - Instructions and Deadlines for Mailing/Emailing Ballots Under the Federal “MOVE Act” for Overseas Voters
Bullet Exemptions to Voting System Accessibility Requirements
Bullet No. 2014-15 - 2014 Annual Voting Systems Filing Report
bullet No. 2014-14 - Appointment Procedures for County Election Precinct Presiding and Alternate Judges, Election Clerks, Early Voting Ballot Board Members, Signature Verification Committee Members, and Central Counting Station Personnel
bullet No. 2014-13 - Minority Language Requirements
Bullet No. 2014-12 - November 4, 2014 Election Law Calendar
Bullet Precinct by Precinct Returns for the May 27, 2014 Election
Bullet Waiver of Partial Manual Count for the May 27, 2014 Runoff Primary Election
Bullet No. 2014-11 - Canvass and Recount Filing Deadlines for 2014 Primary Runoff Elections
Bullet No. 2014-10 - Allowable Dates for Runoff Elections
Bullet Precinct by Precinct Returns for the May 10, 2014 Election
Bullet No. 2014-09 - Post-Election Procedures and Qualifying for Office
Bullet No. 2014-08 - Recount Deadlines for the May 10, 2014
Bullet No. 2014-07 - Instructions and Deadlines for Mailing/Emailing Ballots Under the Federal “MOVE Act” for Overseas Voters
Bullet No. 2014-06 - Electronic Voting System Procedures
Bullet Waiver of Partial Manual Count for the May 10, 2014 Elections
Bullet No. 2014-05 - Canvass and Recount Filing Deadlines for 2014 Primary Elections & Forms
Bullet Certain Activities in Vicinity of Polling Places
Bullet Emergency Ballot Procedures
Bullet Limited Ballot Voters and District Chart
Bullet Precinct by Precinct Returns for the March 4, 2014 Election
Bullet Voter Registration Postmarks and Cut-Off Dates
Bullet No. 2014-02 - Procedures for Federal Write-In Absentee Ballots (FWABs) from FPCA Voters and Voters in Hostile Fire Pay and Combat Zones
Bullet No. 2014-01 - Instructions and Deadlines for Mailing/Emailing Ballots Under the Federal “MOVE Act” for Overseas Voters
 
2013 Election Advisories and Memos
Bullet No. 2013-18 - Appendices, March 4, 2014 Primary Calendar
Bullet No. 2013-17 - May 10, 2014 Election Law Calendar
Bullet Annual Application for Ballot by Mail – Notice and FAQs
Bullet No. 2013-16 - Post-Election Procedures and Qualifying for Office
Bullet 2014 Countywide Election Precinct Program Deadlines
Bullet Partial Manual Count for the November 5, 2013 Uniform Election Date
Bullet Precinct by Precinct Returns for November 5, 2013 Elections
Bullet No. 2013-15 - Recount Deadlines for the November 5, 2013 Election
Bullet No. 2013-14 - Substantially Similar Names and Voting
Bullet No. 2013-13 - Acceptable Forms of Photo Identification
Bullet No. 2013-10 - 2013 Legislative Summary
Bullet No. 2013-09 - March 4, 2014 Primary Election Calendar
Bullet No. 2013-08 - Directive - Voter Registration Certificate
Bullet No. 2013-07 - November 5, 2013 Election Law Calendar
Bullet No. 2013-06 - Appointment Procedures for County Election Precinct Presiding and Alternate Judges and Election Clerks, Early Voting Ballot Board Members, Signature Verification Committee Members, and Central Counting Station Personnel
Bullet No. 2013-05 - Bilingual Election Official Requirements
Bullet Post Election Memorandum
Bullet Required Partial Manual Count for all Political Subdivisions holding a May 11, 2013 Uniform Election
Bullet Precinct by Precinct Returns Memo for May 11, 2013 Elections
Bullet No. 2013-03 - Recount Deadlines for the May 11, 2013 Elections of Cities, School Districts and Other Political Subdivisions
Bullet No. 2013-02 - Post-Election Procedures and Qualifying for Office
Bullet United States Postal Service (USPS) and Ballots Mailed Back to Election Officials
Bullet No. 2013-01 - May 11, 2013 Election Law Calendar

Voting Systems
Bullet May 7, 2016 Election Partial Manual Count
Bullet Information pertaining to examination, certification and accessibility of Voting Systems.
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General Election Information
Bullet Report to the 84 Legislature on HB 1129 (2013) Relating to a Program Allowing Certain Military Voters on Active Duty Overseas to Cast a Ballot Electronically
Bullet Report to the 84th Legislature Relating to the Countywide Polling Place Program
Bullet Report to the 83rd Legislature Relating to the Countywide Polling Place Program
Bullet Mandatory ISD Joint Elections FAQ
Bullet Election Glossary
Bullet Important 2019 Election Dates
Bullet Offices up for Election in 2016
Bullet Voter Registration Postage

Election Procedures
bullet 2018 Texas Election Security Update
bullet May 4, 2019 Uniform Election Dear Voter Letter (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)
Bullet Poll Watcher’s Guide (PDF)
Bullet Training for Volunteer Deputy Registrars
 
Bullet Advisory 2012-04
Bullet Revised: Certificate of Appointment for Volunteer Deputy Registrar (PDF)
Bullet Revised: Volunteer Deputy Registrar Guide | (Spanish)
Bullet Revised: Volunteer Deputy Registrar Training (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)
Bullet Handbook Request Form
Bullet Revised: Election Judges and Clerks Handbook 2018 (PDF)
Bullet Revised: Early Voting Ballot Board Handbook (PDF)
Bullet Election Judge Training For HB 658 – Voting at Residential Care Facilities (PDF)
Bullet Forms Manual
Bullet Confidentiality Forms Index
Bullet Texas Administrative Code - Elections
Bullet Procedure to Request and Conduct a Recount
Bullet VR for Candidates (HB 484) FAQ
Bullet Primary Finance
Bullet Petitions
Bullet Local Option Liquor Elections Questions and Answers
Bullet New District Courts Memorandum on House Bill 400
Bullet Student Election Clerk
         Bullet FAQs
         Bullet Permission Form (PDF)