Law:Title 9. Candidates from Chapter 144. Candidate For Office Of Political Subdivision Other Than County Or City (Texas)

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Chapter 144. Candidate For Office Of Political Subdivision Other Than County Or City

Section  144.001.  Applicability Of Chapter.

This chapter applies to a candidate for an office of a political subdivision other than a city or county.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986.



Section  144.002.  Independent Candidacy Required.

A candidate's name may appear on the ballot only as an independent.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986.



Section  144.003.  Application Required.

(a) Except as otherwise provided by law, to be entitled to a place on the ballot, a candidate must make an application for a place on the ballot.

(b)  If a law outside this code purports to prescribe the exclusive requirements that a candidate's application must satisfy for the candidate's name to be placed on the ballot,  Section 141.031(a)(4)(L) also applies to the application.  The other provisions of  Section 141.031 do not apply.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 427, Sec. 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 614, Sec. 31, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section  144.004.  Authority With Whom Application Filed.

Except as otherwise provided by law, an application for a place on the ballot must be filed with the secretary of the political subdivision's governing body or, if the governing body has no secretary, with the governing body's presiding officer.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986.



Section  144.005.  Filing Deadline.

(a) Except as provided by Subsection (d), an application for a place on the ballot must be filed not later than 5 p.m. of the 62nd day before election day.

(b)  Except as otherwise provided by law, an application filed by mail is considered to be filed at the time of its receipt by the appropriate authority.

(c)  The governing body of a political subdivision for which a deadline for filing for candidacy is prescribed by a law outside this code shall take appropriate action to comply with Subsections (a) and (d) and to adjust any affected date, deadline, or procedure to allow the same interval of time in relation to the filing deadline as would be provided by application of the other law.  The secretary of state shall prescribe any rules necessary to facilitate the implementation of this subsection.

(d)  For an election to be held on the date of the general election for state and county officers, the day of the filing deadline is the 70th day before election day.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 925, Sec. 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1109, Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2005.



Section 144.006.  Filing Deadline For Declared Write-in Candidate.

(a) Except as otherwise provided by law, a declaration of write-in candidacy must be filed not later than 5 p.m. of the fifth day after the date an application for a place on the ballot is required to be filed in an election in which:

(1)  the filing deadline for an application for a place on the ballot is the 62nd day before election day; and

(2)  write-in votes may be counted only for names appearing on a list of declared write-in candidates.

(b)  For an election to be held on the date of the general election for state and county officers, the day of the filing deadline is the 67th day before election day.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1316, Sec. 35, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1109, Sec. 6, eff. September 1, 2005.


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