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2010 Minor Party Information

Form To Register A Political Party

Recognized party qualifications:

The party's nominee for governor in the most recent gubernatorial general election received 2% or more of the total number of votes or received 5% of the vote for any statewide office in the last general election [172.001.]

Primary ballot access:

The parties are responsible for deciding how candidates will qualify for placement on the ballot. The state chair of each political party will certify the name of each presidential candidate to the Secretary of State [191.008]
Deadline: 57 days before the election [191.003]

Democratic Party Requirements

Fee: $2,500
Or petition: 5,000 signatures

Republican Party Requirements

Fee: $4,000
Petition:300 voters from the 15 congressional districts

General ballot access for recognized minor party candidates:

Party received 5% of the vote cast for any statewide office in the most recent general election

Have automatic ballot access [181.005.(b)] Nominate by convention and submit nomination
Deadline: 60 days before the general election [192.031(a)]

Party received less than 5% of the vote for any statewide office in the most recent general election

Petition: 1% of the total number of votes received by all candidates for governor (in 2004 this will be approximately 45,252 signatures) [181.006]
Deadline: 75 days after the precinct convention [181.005]

General ballot access for independent candidates:

Petition: 1% of votes cast in the previous presidential election (in 2004 this will be approximately 63,994 signatures) [192.032]
Deadline: 2nd Monday in May [192.032]
Last day to withdraw from the ballot: 65 days before the election date: second Tuesday in March

Source: The Reform Institute (December 2003). Presidential Ballot Access: State by State Scorecard. Retrieved November 10, 2008, from https://www.policyarchive.org/bitstream/handle/10207/5646/2003scorecard.....

Write-In Information

The candidate needs to submit the following to the Elections Division of the Texas Secretary of State:
1) A "Declaration of Write-In Candidacy" NOTARIZED for the Presidential candidate.
2) A "Declaration of Write-In Candidacy" NOTARIZED for the Vice-Presidential candidate. 3
) 34 “Consent Of Presidential Elector Candidate For Write-In Candidate” forms. 34 registered voters in Texas need to fill out this form. The candidate’s Declaration of Write-In Candidacy is filed with the Secretary of State along with the Vice-Presidential candidate’s form and the 34 “Consent” forms. The declaration may not be filed earlier than July 27, 2008, or later than 5:00 p.m. of August 26, 2008. Elections Division Secretary of State P.O. Box 12060 Austin, Texas 78711-2060

Source: Frank Moore (May 8, 2008). US Presidential Write-In Candidate Requirements For Each State. Retrieved November 10, 2008, from http://www.writein2008.blogspot.com/