top of page
bandera_county_courthouse.jpg
How To Run For County or Precinct Chair in
Bandera County for 2024 Election Cycle

All candidates seeking office for County or Precinct Chair must file a current updated application to have their name placed on the ballot for the primary election. A current application may be found on the Texas Secretary of State Website.

 

Filing Period

  • County Chair: The application must be filed between November 11, 2023- December 11, 2023 by 6pm. (Section 172.023, Texas Election Code). The application shall be filed with the county chair or the secretary of the county executive committee if there is one. Tex. Elec Code § 172.0222 (Section 172.022, Texas Election Code). *If the county chair or secretary of the county CEC refuses to accept the application, it can and should be submitted directly to the state party.

Note: Neither the county chair nor the secretary of the county CEC can refuse to process a qualified candidate’s application, by admission or omission. 

  • Precinct Chair: The first day to file as precinct chair is September 12, 2023. The filing period will end at 6:00 p.m. on December 11, 2023.

 

Required Actions by County Chairs

County chairs may not refuse to accept an application from a precinct chair candidate, if otherwise eligible for the office, during this initial filing period.

Upon receipt of a precinct chair application, the county chair must review the application and make a determination whether to accept or reject the application. (Tex. Elec. Code §172.0222(b)). This review must be complete no later than the fifth business after the date the application is received by the county chair. (Tex. Elec. Code §172.0222) (c)). If the application is rejected, the county chair must notify the precinct chair candidate in writing of the rejection. (Tex. Elec. Code § 141.032). If the application is accepted, the county chair will enter this information into the precinct chair candidate system. (*While it is not a legal requirement, it is customary for the County Chair to send written notice (an email for example) of an approved application. It is recommended that all candidates specifically ask the county chair for this written notice of approval. The written notice approval should customarily be provided no later than the fifth business day after the date the application is received by the county chair. If the county chair does not provide this notice, the candidate should submit their application directly to the state party. It’s extremely important to file early in case there are problems with the process.

Footnotes

***An application for a place on the ballot, including any accompanying petition, is public information immediately on its filing. (Section 141.035, Texas Election Code) Candidates for the offices of county and precinct chair are required to be residents and qualified voters of the county from which they are elected no later than the filing deadline. In addition to the general eligibility requirements* for party office, a person must also reside in the election precinct to be eligible to be a candidate for or to serve as a precinct chair for that precinct. There is no specific period of time that the person must have been a resident of the precinct to be eligible for the office of precinct chair. (Section 171.023, Texas Election Code) For additional information, please contact the Elections Division of the Secretary of State.

*The general eligibility requirements to be a candidate for a public elective office in Texas are that a person must:

  • Be a United States citizen; *Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election;

  • Have not been determined to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction;

  • Have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities;

  • Have resided continuously in the state for 12 months and in the territory from which the office is elected for six months immediately preceding a date which varies according to the candidate’s status;

  • In a general election year, be affiliated with the Republican Party through voting in the Republican primary election or runoff or by oath of affiliation (Sec. 162.001 – 162.012)

Candidate Information – https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/index.shtml

Important Election Dates 2023-2024 -  https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/important-election-dates.shtml **These dates are subject to changes from the 2023 legislative session** Longer calendars are on the Conducting Your Elections pages when available.

Candidate’s Guide to Nomination and General Election for 2024 – https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/candidates/guide/2024/index.shtml

Texas Republican Platform – https://texasgop.org/platform/

bottom of page