All information on this webpage is specific to the 2020 City of Austin General Municipal Election and the Campaign Finance Filing Requirements. Information will continually be updated as we approach the 2020 Election. Please contact Elections@austintexas.gov for any election related questions.
Coming soon! For the 2020 Election, the City Clerk's Office will be launching a new electronic filing system for candidates and political action committees to file their campaign finance reports online. The new system will allow filers to file their reports from any location at their convenience and will eliminate the need for submitting a separate data file. The City Clerk's Office will be hosting trainings regarding the new system in late Spring of 2020. Stay tuned for more information.
General Municipal Elections are held on the November uniform election date authorized by state law in even-numbered years. The uniform November election date is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The November 2020 Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The following offices will be on the 2020 Ballot:
Texas Election Code, Section 143.007(a) states that an application may not be filed earlier than the 30th day before the date of the filing deadline. Texas Election Code, Section 143.007(c) states that for an election to be held on a uniform election date, the day of the filing deadline is the 78th day before Election Day.
The election date is November 3, 2020; the 78th day before the election date is August 17, 2020. Therefore the first day for filing is the 30th day preceding, that being Saturday, July 18, 2020.** Regular business hours for the Office of the City Clerk are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The filing location is the Office of the City Clerk located at 301 W. Second Street, Austin, Texas 78701; Fax number (512) 974-2374.
The last day a candidate may file is Monday, August 17, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Campaign Treasurer Appointment Form
All Candidates are required to file a Campaign Treasurer Appointment Form (CTA) in order to:
Solicit any campaign contributions
Make any campaign expenditures
File an application for place on the ballot
The Campaign Treasurer Appointment Form can be found at:
The Fair Campaign Finance Fund provides partial public support for qualifying candidates in runoff elections. Funding is subject to availability, and is not provided to candidates in uncontested elections, recall elections, or elections to fill vacancies created by a recall election. Information about the Fair Campaign Finance Fund is found in Code, Article 7, Section 2-2-61 et seq.
Campaign Contribution Limit Amounts
Article III, Sections 8(A)(1) and 8(A)(3) of the City Charter require campaign finance limits to be modified annually with the adoption of the budget to increase or decrease in accordance with the most recently published U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Indicator, Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) U.S. City Average. Using the current CPI, the campaign contribution limit amount is $400. Under the current CPI, the aggregate contribution limit for contributions from sources other than natural persons eligible to vote in a zip code completely or partially within the Austin city limits is modified to $38,000 per regular election and $25,000 per runoff election.
Although not specifically tied to this date, please note the following: the deadline for filing the voluntary "campaign contract" delineated in City Code 2-2-11 is the earlier of (1) 30 days after an individual becomes a candidate under the Texas Election Code; or (2) the date the candidate files for a place on the ballot. To download a copy of the Candidate Contract click here: Candidate Contract Form.
First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
Monday, January 1, 2020
First Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot
Saturday, July 18, 2020
**See note above
Last Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot
Monday, August 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Last Day to Order General Election or Special Election on a Measure