: Adapted from the Texas Secretary of State
accessed 23 June 2004); the Texas Election Code, Title 10, Chapter 172
, accessed 9 July
2004); and 2004-2005 Democratic party rules, Article VII, section A.2
, accessed 9 July 2004)
and 2004 Republican party rules, Rule No. 38, section 2
, accessed 9 July
: 1. Percentage of all votes for all gubernatorial candidates cast in the
applicable territory in the 2002 general election. If number is less
than 50 (party candidate) or 25 (independent candidate), a larger
percentage may be required. Consult Secretary of State for further
2. Democratic and Republican party presidential candidates must follow
party rules to obtain a place on the primary ballot. The Democratic
party sets the same requirements the state sets for U.S. Senate
candidates. The Republican Party differs only in that a petition must
contain at least 300 valid signatures from at least 15 congressional
districts (4500 total minimum). State law requires of both parties only
that any filing deadline be no later than the deadline for candidates
for other offices in the primary election and that to be valid any
signatures on petitions must be from registered voters who have not
signed petitions for any other presidential candidates in the same
primary. Signatures also must be accompanied by address, county, and
voter registration number.
3. File with county chair if district is composed of only one county.
4. Statewide elected offices include governor, lieutenant governor,
attorney general, comptroller, agriculture commissioner, land
commissioner, Railroad commissioners, Supreme Court justices, and Court
of Criminal Appeals judges.
5. A candidate for the office of chief justice or justice on the Supreme
Court, or presiding judge or judge on the Court of Criminal Appeals, who
chooses to pay the filing fee must also accompany the application and
fee with a petition. The minimum number of signatures that must appear
on the petition is 50 from each court of appeals district. Tex. Elec.
6. For candidates running for Courts of Appeals in the 1st, 2nd, 4th,
5th and 14th Districts and all candidates running for judicial offices
in Harris, Dallas, Bexar, and Tarrant Counties, a 250-signature judicial
petition is required in addition to the filing fee, or 250 additional
signatures must be collected on the petition in lieu of filing fee. Tex.
Elec. Code 172.021(e).
7. Pay higher fee in Courts of Appeals Districts 1, 2, 4, 5, and 14.
8. Pay higher fee in a judicial district wholly contained in a county
with a population of more than 850,000 (Harris, Dallas, Bexar, and
9. Pay higher fee if county attorney performs the duties of a district
10. Pay higher fee if county has at least 200,000 inhabitants according
to 2000 Census.
11. County-level elected offices named in Tex. Elec. Code 172.022
include county treasurer, county clerk, sheriff, tax assessor-collector,
and county commissioners.