All information on this webpage is specific to the 2018 City of Austin Election. Information on the City of Austin 2018 Election and the Campaign Finance Filing Requirements will continually be updated as we approach the 2018 Election. Please contact Elections@austintexas.gov for any election related questions. If you are interested in becoming a candidate, watch this informative video.

December 11, 2018 Run Off Election

General 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 General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The following offices will be on the 2018 Ballot:

  • Mayor
  • District 1
  • District 3
  • District 5
  • District 8
  • District 9

November 6, 2018 Election

Filing Period for a Place on the 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 6, 2018; the 78th day before the election date is August 20, 2018. Therefore the first day for filing is the 30th day preceding, that being Saturday, July 21, 2018. However, Secretary of State has confirmed that "regular business hours" prevails, and the filing start date is therefore moved to the next regular business day which is Monday, July 23, 2018. The last day a candidate may file is Monday, August 20, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Candidate Contract and Ballot Application Video

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:

https://www.ethics.state.tx.us/filinginfo/localcohfrm.htm

Campaign Finance

On October 5, 2017 Council revised Chapter 2-2 relating to campaign finance and election fundraising.

See Ordinance 20171005-029.

Click here for information and forms relating to Campaign Finance Reporting.

Austin Fair Campaign Finance Fund

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.

Candidate Contract

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) 30days 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.

Important Dates

 First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail

 Monday, January 1, 2018

 First Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot

 Monday, July 23, 2018

 Last Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot

 Monday, August 20, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

 Last Day to Register to Vote

 Tuesday, October 9, 2018

 First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

 Monday, October 22, 2018

 Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail

 Friday, October 26, 2018

 Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

 Friday, November 2, 2018

 

Helpful Links

Texas Secretary of State - Elections Division

Hays County Clerk’s – Elections Division

Travis County Clerk's – Elections Division

Williamson County Clerks – Elections Division

Voter Registration Search