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Filing Information

The filing period for candidates requesting a place on the 2018 Republican primary ballot closes Monday, December 11 at 6 p.m. All applications must be received (not just postmarked) by the filing authority no later than 6 p.m. Monday December 11th.

If your district is entirely within one county, you must file with the county party.  If your district crosses a county line, you must file with the Republican Party of Texas.

The Republican Party of Texas will be open Friday December 8th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday December 11th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 Paid parking is available on the street at meters.

Candidates who wish to file in person can drop off applications at the Republican Party of Texas’ office, located at:

211 E. 7th Street, Ste. 915
Austin, TX 78701

Candidates do not have to file in person. Applications can be mailed to the Republican Party of Texas at:

PO Box 2206
Austin, TX 78768

Applications received after December 11, at 6:00 PM, will be rejected. Date of receipt is not determined by postmark, but by actual receipt of items by the filing authority.

For further information contact our Organization Department:


Check eligibility

Check this helpful chart from the Texas Secretary of State to determine if your age, residency, etc. qualifies you to pursue public office.

Check filing fees

See filing fee and/or petition in lieu of filing fee amounts for the various offices here.


Federal office

1) File with the Federal Election Commission

Click here.

2) Get on the ballot

Filing begins November 11, 2017. Deadline is December 11, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Use of the form below to apply to get on the ballot.

Federal Election Ballot Application 2018 (pdf)

Petition in Lieu of Filing Fee (pdf)

  • If your district covers all or part of one county, file with your county party. Full list of county chairs here.
  • If your district covers more than one county, contact the Republican Party of Texas Organizational Department

3) Run your campaign!


State or local office

1) Complete campaign finance forms

Select the appropriate office for forms and instructions.

Contact Texas Ethics Commission with any questions. Phone: (512) 463-5800

File campaign finance forms with the appropriate authority. See TEC FAQ answers #4–#9

2) Get on the ballot

Filing begins November 11, 2017. Deadline is December 11, 2017, 6:00 p.m. More information below. 

Application for public office

Petition in Lieu of Filing Fee and/or Judicial Petitions

Statewide Judicial Petition

Application for Party Office (County or Precinct Chair)

  • If your district covers all or part of one county, file with your county party. Full list of county chairs here.
  • If your district covers more than one county, contact the Republican Party of Texas Organizational Department

3) Run your campaign!


Party Office (County and Precinct Chair)

  1. Campaign Finance/Treasurer Appointment
    • For county chair candidates, some may need to file with Texas Ethics Commission (TEC), some with the county elections officer, some may not need to file at all.
    • Contact Texas Ethics Commission with any questions. Phone: (512) 463-5800
  2. Get on the Ballot
    • County Chair Candidates in counties with a population over 300,000 according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau must file with Petition signatures of at least 10% of the current/incumbent County Executive Committee (CEC) – RPT Rule 8A
      • Rule No. 8A – Petition Required for County Chairs in Certain Counties
        Persons filing for the office of County Chair in a county with a population of 300,000 or greater shall include a nominating petition containing the signatures of at least 10 percent of the incumbent precinct chairs serving on the County Executive Committee using a form of promulgated by the Republican Party of Texas. The nominating petition shall contain the candidate’s sworn oath that each of the signatures thereon is of a current Precinct Chair and was signed in the presence of the candidate.
    • RPT County Chair Petition Form – PDF 
    • Application For Place on the Ballot – County Chair or Precinct Chair – PDF 
    • File your application (and petitions as applicable) with the current county chair
      • No filing fee is required for county chair or precinct chair positions
  3. Run your Campaign!

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