The Office of the City Clerk is responsible for managing municipal elections including serving as contract administrator for election services with Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties.
General Municipal Election
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 2022 Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. The following offices will be on the 2022 Ballot:
- District 1
- District 3
- District 5
- District 8
- District 9
The 2022 Candidate Packet will be released May 6, 2022. The first day candidates can begin collecting contributions is November 8, 2021.
According to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), no candidate for Mayor or City Council and his or her campaign committee shall accept campaign contributions in excess of $400 per contributor per election from any person, except for the candidate and small-donor political committees. Using the current CPI, the aggregate contribution limit is modified to $41,000 per election, and $27,000 per runoff 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 8, 2022; the 78th day before the election date is August 22, 2022. Therefore the first day for filing is the 30th day preceding, that being Saturday, July 23, 2022; therefore, the date for in-person filing is Monday, July 25, 2022.
** 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 22, 2022 at 5 p.m.
Campaign Finance Reports
The City Clerk's Office is responsible for receiving and providing access to Campaign Finance Reports and data file from local candidates, officeholders and political action committees as required by the Texas Ethics Commission and the Austin City Code. For information on filing requirements, forms and templates, and a complete list of reports on file click here.
Campaign Treasurer Appointments
The Texas Election code requires Campaign Treasurer Appointments (CTAs) for candidates; specific-purpose committee for supporting or opposing measure; and specific-purpose committee for supporting or opposing candidates for City of Austin to be filed with the Office of the City Clerk. The Clerk is responsible for providing access to Campaign Treasurer Appointments filed with the Office of the City Clerk. For a complete list of Campaign Treasurer Appointments, click here.
The Clerk's Office maintains a history of candidates and voting statistics for City elections from 1840 to the present.
Citizens may submit Initiative, Referendum, Recall or Charter Amendment Petitions. The Clerk's Office is responsible for validating these petitions and petitions filed by candidates as part of their application for a place on the ballot. For requirements and additional information, click here.