Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered a January 23 special election to fill the unexpired House term of Sen.-elect Drew Springer (R-Muenster). Early voting begins January 11 – two weeks from today (Monday). Candidates must file with the Secretary of State by January 4. Cooke County Judge Jason Brinkley (R) and Jacksboro ISD trustee David Spiller (R) have announced their candidacies.

Expedited special elections are governed by Section 203.013, Election Code. It applies to vacancies created during the 60 days prior to the beginning of “any session” of the Texas Legislature and during a regular legislative session that still has at least 25 days left before it adjourns sine die.

If a runoff election is required to fill HD68, then it must be held “on a Tuesday or Saturday occurring not earlier than the 12th day or later than the 25th day after the date the election is ordered.” It cannot be ordered until the special election is canvassed, which must occur within 10 days following election day, which is February 2.

We can use the timing of the 2019 special and runoff elections for HD145 and HD125 as guides to potential timing of a runoff election if one is needed.

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