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May,6,2017 - Uniform Election Date
DEADLINES
January 1,2017

Absentee Ballot Begins - First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail

April 6,2017

Voter Registration Ends - Last Day to Register to Vote

April 24,2017

Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts - First Day of Early Voting By Personal Appearance

April 25,2017

Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail - Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail

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DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Texas

During Texas’ war for independence from Mexico, a group of 200 volunteers who were defending the fort and former Franciscan mission known as the Alamo near San Antonio was attacked by a much larger force of Mexican troops. The siege, which had begun on February 23, 1836, lasted for 13 days before the Mexican forces broke through the courtyard and annihilated most of the Texans, including famed frontiersman and former congressman from Tennessee, Davy Crockett.

On September 8, 1900, a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 130 miles per hour pummeled Galveston, Texas, killing more than 8,000 people and destroying the once-thriving city. It remains the deadliest natural disaster in United States history.

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While traveling through Dallas in an open convertible on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed by Lee Harvey Oswald. Two hours later, Vice President Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as the 36th president of the United States aboard Air Force One while stationed at Dallas Love Field airport.

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The Johnson Space Center in Houston, originally established as the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) in 1961, is the site of Mission Control for all flights into space. On July 20, 1969, its flight controllers oversaw the Apollo 11 flight that landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon and returned the astronauts safely home.

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Referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the Astrodome in Houston was the world’s first domed stadium when it was opened in 1965. Drawing crowds for sporting events, concerts, rodeos and entertainment, the Astrodome was last used in 2005 as a shelter for Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

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Texas is the leading crude oil- and natural gas-producing state in the U.S. In 2011, it also produced more cattle, sheep, hay, cotton and wool than any other state.

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The name Texas derives from a Caddo Indian word that means “friends” or “allies,” which was incorporated into the state motto: Friendship.

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State of Texas Quick Facts
  • Current Population:27,469,114
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: No
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: Yes
  • Electoral Colleges: 38
  • Congressional Districts: 36
  • Date of Statehood: December 29, 1845
  • Size: 268,597 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Lone Star State
  • Tree: Pecan
  • Flower: Bluebonnet
  • Bird: Mockingbird
Registered Voters

: 14,238,436

Registered Voters: 14,238,436

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Texas?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Texas.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

    NO: Texas does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Texas?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Texas, voters have the following options :

    In Person

    You can register in person at your county Voter Registrar’s office.

    By Mail

    you can register by mail by obtaining an application from your county Voter Registrar’s office

    Online

    You may fill out a voter registration application online

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

    Employees must be given time to vote without any penalty if polls are not open for 2 consecutive hours outside the employee's work day.

    Texas State Government

    Texas Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    Humbly invoking the blessing of Almighty God, the people of the State of Texas do ordain and establish this Constitution.

    Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States; and the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government unimpaired to all the States.

    All political power is inherent in the people and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. The faith of the people of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.

    The Executive Branch
    Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas. Designed by the architect Elijah E. Myers. Built in 1882-1888.

    Executive Power

    The executive department of the state shall consist of a governor, who shall be the chief executive officer of the State, a lieutenant-governor, secretary of State, comptroller of public accounts, treasurer, commissioner of the general land office and attorney general.

    Texas Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Appointed)
  • The Treasurer (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas. Designed by the architect Elijah E. Myers. Built in 1882-1888.

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power of this State shall be vested in a Senate and House of Representatives, which together shall be styled "The Legislature of the State of Texas."

    The Senate shall consist of thirty-one members, and shall never be increased above this number.

    A total of 150 members serve in the lower house of the Texas Legislature and meet at the State Capitol in Austin.

    Judicial Branch
    The Supreme Court of Texas

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of this State shall be vested in one Supreme Court, in a Court of Appeals, in District Courts, in County Courts, in Commissioners' Courts, in Courts of Justices of the Peace, and in such other courts and may be established by law.

    The Supreme Court shall consist of a chief justice and two associate justices, any two of whom shall constitute a quorum, and the concurrence of two judges shall be necessary to the decision of a case.

    The Court of Appeals shall consist of three judges, any two of whom shall constitute a quorum, and the concurrence of two judges shall be necessary to a decision of said court.

    Texas Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(150)
    (50)(99)(1)
    State Senators(31)
    (11)(20)
    US Representatives(36)
    (11)(25)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    What's At Stake in 2016?

    Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

    Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

    Texas 2016 U.S. Representative races

    The 2016 United States House of Representatives election will be held in Texas this election cycle. Of the 36 seats up for election this election cycle, 25 currently held by Republicans, and 11 held by Democrats.

    Current Seats Distribution By Party Affiliation In Texas U.S. House

    Democratics(11)Republicans(25)

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Texas Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    He shall cause the laws to be faithfully executed; and shall conduct, in person, or in such manner as shall be prescribed by law, all intercourse and business of the State with other States and with the United States.

    Qualifications

    He shall be at least thirty years of age, a citizen of the United States, and shall have resided in this State at least five years immediately preceding his election.

    Election

    All the above officers of the executive department (except secretary of state) shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State at the time and places of election for members of the Legislature.

    Term of Office

    Elected by the citizens every four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Texas governors do not face any term limits.

    Salary

    $153,750

    Qualification age

    He shall be at least thirty years of age.

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    The lieutenant-governor or president of the senate succeeding to the office of governor, shall, during the entire term in which he may succeed, be under all the restrictions and inhibitions imposed in this Constitution on the governor.

    Qualifications

    There shall also be a Lieutenant Governor, who shall be chosen at every election for Governor by the same voters, in the same manner, continue in office for the same time, and possess the same qualifications. The voters shall distinguish for whom they vote as Governor and for whom as lieutenant governor.

    Election

    All the above officers of the executive department (except secretary of state) shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State at the time and places of election for members of the Legislature.

    Term of Office

    Elected by the citizens every four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Do not face any term limits].]> $9,612

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    He shall represent the State in all suits and pleas in the Supreme Court of the State in which the State may be a party, and shall especially inquire into the charter rights of all private corporations, and, from time to time, in the name of the State, take such action in the courts as may be proper and necessary to prevent any private corporation from exercising any power or demanding or collecting any species of taxes, tolls, freight or wharfage, not authorized by law.

    Qualifications

    at least 18 years of age citizen of the United States, a resident of Texas for at least 12 months

    Election

    All the above officers of the executive department (except secretary of state) shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State at the time and places of election for members of the legislature.

    Term of Office

    The attorney general is elected to serve for a four-year term.

    Limit on Tenure

    There is no term limit for this office.

    Salary

    $153,750

    Qualification age

    At least 18 years of age.

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    He shall authenticate the publication of laws, and keep a fair register of all official acts and proceedings of the governor, and shall, when required, lay the same and all papers, minutes and vouchers relative thereto, before the Legislature, or either house thereof, and shall perform such other duties as may be required of him by law.

    Qualifications

    There are no specific qualifications for this office.

    Election

    There shall be a secretary of state, who shall be appointed by the governor.

    Term of Office

    By and with the advice and consent of the senate, and who shall continue in office during the term of service of the governor.

    Limit on Tenure

    There are no term limits for this office.

    Salary

    $132,924

    Qualification age

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    The treasurer acts as chairman of the State Depository Board and the Cash Management Committee, officer of the Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company, and member of the State Banking Board and Bond Review Board.

    Qualifications

    Election

    All the above officers of the executive department (except secretary of state) shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State at the time and places of election for members of the Legislature.

    Term of Office

    The comptroller of public accounts, the treasurer and the commissioner of the general land office shall each hold office for the term of two years, and until his successor is qualified.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

    Texas State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The House of Representatives shall, when it first assembles, organize temporarily, and thereupon proceed to the election of a speaker from its own members; and each house shall choose its other officers.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be a representative, unless he be a citizen of the United States, and, at the time of his election a qualified elector of this State, and shall have been a resident of this State two years next preceding his election, the last year thereof a resident of the district for which he shall be chosen, and shall have attained the age of twenty-one years.

    Election

    The members of the House of Representatives shall be chosen by the qualified electors, and their term of office shall be two years from the day of their election.

    Term of Office

    their term of office shall be two years from the day of their election.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit.

    Salary

    $7,200/year + per diem

    Qualification age

    Shall have attained the age of twenty-one years.

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The Senate shall, at the beginning and close of each session, and at such other times as may be necessary, elect one of its members President, pro tempore, who shall perform the duties of the lieutenant governor in any case of absence or disability of that officer, and whenever the said office of lieutenant governor shall be vacant.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be a senator, unless he be a citizen of the United States, and, at the time of his election a qualified elector of this State, and shall have been a resident of this State five years next preceding his election, and the last year thereof a resident of the district for which he shall be chosen, and shall have attained the age of twenty-six years.

    Election

    The senators shall be chosen by the qualified electors for the term of four years, but a new Senate shall be chosen after every apportionment, and the senators elected after each apportionment shall be divided by lot into two classes.

    Term of Office

    The senators shall be chosen by the qualified electors for the term of four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Without term limits.

    Salary

    $7,200/year + per diem

    Qualification age

    Shall have attained the age of twenty-six years.

    Texas State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    Much of the Supreme Court’s time is spent determining which petitions for review will be granted, as it must consider all petitions for review that are filed. The Court usually takes only those cases that present the most significant Texas legal issues in need of clarification

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of chief justice or associate justice of the Supreme Court unless he be at the time of his election a citizen of the United States and of this State, and unless he shall have attained the age of thirty years, and shall have been a practicing lawyer or a judge of a court in this State, or such lawyer and judge together, at least seven years.

    Election

    Said chief justice and associate justices shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State at a general election

    Term of Office

    shall hold their offices for six years, and shall each receive an annual salary of not more than three thousand five hundred and fifty dollars.

    Limit on Tenure

    Chief salary

    $171,000

    Associates salary

    $168,000

    Qualification age

    shall have attained the age of thirty years

    The The Court Of Appeals
    Authority

    The Texas Courts of Appeals are a set of 14 appellate courts in the Texas judicial system with intermediate jurisdiction in civil and criminal cases that are appealed from the lower district or county courts

    Qualifications

    They shall be citizens of the United States and of this State; shall have arrived at the age of thirty years at the time of election, each shall have been a practicing lawyer, or a judge of a court in this State, or such lawyer and judge together for at least seven years.

    Election

    They shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State at a general election.

    Term of Office

    Said judges shall hold their offices for a term of six years

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    appeals court justice is $154,000, up from $140,000

    Qualification age

    shall have arrived at the age of thirty years at the time of election

    The District Court
    Authority

    District courts have original jurisdiction in all felony criminal cases, divorce cases, cases involving title to land, election contest cases, civil matters in which the amount in controversy (the amount of money or damages involved) is $200 or more, and any matters in which jurisdiction is not placed in another trial court. While most district courts try both criminal and civil cases, in the more densely populated counties the courts may specialize in civil, criminal, juvenile, or family law matters.

    Qualifications

    Be a citizen of U.S. and of Texas, Aged 25 to 74, Resident of the district for at least 2 years, A practicing lawyer or judge, or both combined, for at least 4 years

    Election

    District judges in Texas are selected via the partisan election method and serve four-year terms

    Term of Office

    serve four-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    District judges receive a base salary of $125,000 annually, with potential additional compensation that may raise salaries up to $173,000 annually

    Qualification age

    Aged 25 to 74

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