Judge Issues Restraining Order on Minor Party Filing Fees

A state district judge has issued a temporary restraining order barring state and Harris Co. officials from imposing filing fees on minor party candidates. District Judge Kristen Hawkins found that plaintiffs “would not have an adequate remedy at law and would suffer...

Filing Period Set to Open for 2020 Candidates

Filing for the 2020 election begins tomorrow (Saturday). In Texas, candidates for county, state and federal elective office are nominated for the general election by their respective political parties unless they are running as an independent or write-in candidate....

Lawsuit Targets State’s Ballot Access Laws

A group of voters, candidates and minor parties has filed a federal lawsuit against the state seeking to strike down several statutory provisions relating to ballot access on the basis that they violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Under current law, minor...

Candidate and Legislation News for June 11

Early voting ended today (Tuesday) in most jurisdictions holding runoff elections on June 15 and continued in jurisdictions holding runoff elections on June 22. In Abilene, just under 4K people voted early in the P5 runoff between incumbent Kyle McAlister and...

Criss Clarification and Sine Die Election News for May 27

To Early voting begins tomorrow (Tuesday) in most jurisdictions holding runoff elections on June 8. SD11: Galveston attorney and former District Judge Susan Criss let us know that she is challenging Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood). We previously reported Criss...

Election and Legislation News for May 20

HD99: Fort Worth security solutions businessman Bo French said he would not challenge Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) again in 2020. Geren defeated French, 58%-42%, in the 2016 Republican primary and 57%-43% in the 2018 primary. French received a formal apology from...

Candidate and Local Election News for May 8

HD45: San Marcos veterans nonprofit officer and unsuccessful 2018 Republican candidate Austin Talley announced he would challenge Rep. Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood). Talley received 7% of the vote in the five-way Republican primary last year. HD47: Lakeway attorney Aaron...

Five Minor Parties Fail to Gain Ballot Access

None of the five minor parties seeking ballot access turned in sufficient signatures by Tuesday’s deadline. Only the Republican, Democratic and Libertarian Parties’ candidates will be on the general election ballot. A party is automatically eligible for the ballot if...

Tippetts Edges Out Watkins for Libertarian Nomination

Lago Vista business law and project developer Mark Tippetts won the Libertarian Party’s gubernatorial nomination, edging out gun rights activist Kory Watkins by six votes during this weekend’s state convention. Two-time gubernatorial nominee Kathie Glass...

Election News for April 12

Federal candidates and officeholders are required to file April quarterly reports by Sunday. We will be updating our Federal Crib Sheet over the weekend. Nominating Conventions: The Libertarian Party of Texas and as many as five political parties seeking ballot access...

Five Political Parties Seek Ballot Access for 2018

Texans could see up to eight parties on the ballot in November, but more than 235K voters will have to sign their petitions first. Five political parties filed paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office as a first step toward gaining spots on the ballot. The...