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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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