Texas judicial elections

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Judges in Texas compete in partisan elections during even-numbered years. The state holds primary elections, runoff elections and general elections.[1]

Primary election

Partisan primaries are held if even one candidate has filed for a position. To advance to the general election, a candidate must win a majority (over 50 percent) of the vote. If no candidate in a race wins the majority—as in cases where more than two candidates are competing for a seat—a runoff election is held between the top two candidates.[1][2]

Though Texas officially has closed primaries (requiring that voters declare party affiliation in advance in order to participate), the state's primaries are functionally open: any registered voter may vote in any single party's primary if they have not voted in the primary of another party. The elections are closed, however, in that voters may not participate in the proceedings (a runoff primary or a convention) of another party thereafter.[1]

Candidate registration

Candidates seeking to be listed as a Democrat or a Republican must either collect a required number of signatures on a nominating petition or pay a filing fee, both of which vary by position.[3] Minor parties do not participate in primary elections. Minor party candidates seeking to be listed in the general election must be selected at the party's nominating convention or must collect signatures on a nominating petition.[4]

General election

The winning candidates from each major party's primary, as well as any additional minor party candidates, compete in a general election on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. If a candidate was unopposed in the general election, their name will still appear on the general election ballot.[1][5]


The judges are elected to the following terms, respectively, after which they must seek re-election if they wish to retain the seat:

Supreme Court Court of Criminal Appeals Court of Appeals District Courts County Courts Justice of the Peace Courts
Partisan elections - 6 year terms Partisan elections - 6 year terms Partisan elections - 6 year terms Partisan elections - 4 year terms Partisan elections - 4 year terms Partisan elections - 4 year terms


Results

Statewide results can be found on the Texas Secretary of State website. Otherwise, results must be searched for on county websites, in newspapers and on county party websites.

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Elections

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External links

References

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