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Important 2018 Election Dates

March 6, 2018 - Primary Election

Note: This calendar does not reflect changes, if any, enacted during the 2017 special legislative session. 

Filing deadline for candidates; filing deadline for independent candidates to file declaration of intent.

Monday, December 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM

First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Postcard Application (FPCA).

Monday, January 1, 2018*

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2018 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.

Last Day to Register to Vote

Monday, February 5, 2018*

*Actual deadline falls on Sunday but moves to the next business day. 

First Day of Early Voting

Tuesday, February 20, 2018*

*First business day after Presidents' Day

Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
(Received, not Postmarked)

Friday, February 23, 2018

Last Day of Early Voting

Friday, March 2, 2018

Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail

Different deadlines apply to the last day to receive ballots sent by the following: 1) non-military and military voters who mailed ballots from overseas and submitted a regular state Application for Ballot By Mail (“ABBM”), 2) non-military voters who mailed ballots from overseas and who submitted a Federal Postcard Application (“FPCA”), and (3) military voters who mailed ballots domestically or from overseas and who submitted an FPCA. See Secs. 86.007, 101.001 and 101.057 of the Code. Please contact the Elections Division of the Office of the Texas Secretary of State at 1-800-252-VOTE (8683) for additional information.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked,OR Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)

November 6, 2018 - General Election

First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail

Monday, January 1, 2018*

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2018 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.
Last Day to File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy (Local Political Subdivisions Only) Friday, August 24, 2018
Last Day to Register to Vote

Tuesday, October 9, 2018*

*First business day after Columbus Day

First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance Monday, October 22, 2018

Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail

(Received, not Postmarked)
Friday, October 26, 2018
Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance Friday, November 2, 2018

Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail

Different deadlines apply to the last day to receive ballots sent by the following: 1) non-military and military voters who mailed ballots from overseas and submitted a regular state Application for Ballot By Mail (“ABBM”), 2) non-military voters who mailed ballots from overseas and who submitted a Federal Postcard Application (“FPCA”), and (3) military voters who mailed ballots domestically or from overseas and who submitted an FPCA. See Secs. 86.007, 101.001 and 101.057 of the Code. Please contact the Elections Division of the Office of the Texas Secretary of State at 1-800-252-VOTE (8683) for additional information.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Wednesday, November 7, 2018 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply) 



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