Filing for a place on the 2018 ballot begins on Saturday and continues until 6 p.m. local time on December 11. Texas has the second earliest filing period of any state.

How We Cover the Filing Period

We will do our best to update our Crib Sheets as we become aware that candidates have filed. We rely on several dozen county party offices, the state parties, the Secretary of State, other election officials and candidate announcements for our information. These vary in accuracy, completeness, timeliness and accessibility. We will not mark someone as having filed without some verifiable source, but some filings escape our view, leading us falsely to believe that some candidates have not filed when in fact they have. Those cases eventually get resolved, but we usually do not have a final picture of who’s running until several days after the filing period ends.

We do not plan to post daily lists of who has filed. Our Crib Sheets will reflect our most current information. We will report on candidates who have not previously indicated they were going to run for an office we cover. Even though filing begins on Saturday, our first report on these activities probably won’t be published until Sunday and sent via email until Monday morning.

How Filing Works

In general, candidates file at either the state or county level. If the candidate wishes to run for a district entirely located within one county, or for a county or precinct office, then the candidate files with either the county party or county judge. If the candidate wishes to run for a district with territory in more than one county, then the candidate must file with the state party or Secretary of State. Filing may be done in person or by mail. A mailed application must be received (not postmarked) by the deadline.

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