Important Municipal Election Information
- May 4, 2019 Municipal Elections – Individuals wishing to run for a city, school district, MUD, or other local/municipal entity will need to file with that entity. Further detailed info and rules should be obtained from the local entity. Deadlines (copied from the SOS website, which can be accessed at: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/2019-important-election-dates.shtml) are as follows:
- Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – First Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for local political subdivisions ONLY)
- Under new law, most local entities now have a “first day” to file.
- For the few entities who do not have a first day to file: For the May 4, 2019 election, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 is the deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline for local political subdivisions that do not have a first day to file for their candidates. For the November 5, 2019 election, Monday, July 22, 2019 is the deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline for local political subdivisions that do not have a first day to file for their candidates. (The 30th day before last day on which candidate may file falls on a Saturday, deadline moves to next business day.)
iii. Local political subdivisions include: cities, school districts, water districts, hospital districts, and any other local government entity that conducts elections. Many of these elections are conducted on the May uniform election date. Note: Counties may also be holding local proposition (measure) elections on May 4, 2019.
- Friday, February 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. – Last Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for local political subdivisions ONLY)
- Filing deadlines: generally, the filing deadline is the 78th day prior to Election Day. The Texas Election Code (the “Code”) may provide a different special election filing deadline. See Section 201.054 of the Code. Write-in deadlines: the deadline for most local (city, school, other) general elections is now the same day as the filing deadline for application for a place on the ballot in a May election or November election. NEW LAW: A declaration of write-in candidacy for special elections must be filed no later than the filing deadline for all candidates. House Bill 2323 (2017). Effective Date: September 1, 2017.
- If no candidate for a four-year term has filed an application for a place on the ballot for a city office, the filing deadline for that office is extended to 5 p.m. of the 57th day before the election. For the May 4, 2019 election, this is Friday, March 8, 2019. For the November 5, 2019 election, this is Monday, September 9, 2019. See Section 143.008 of the Code.
- Friday, February 15, 2019 – Last Day to Order General Election or Election on a Measure
- Thursday, April 4, 2019 – Last Day to Register to Vote
- Monday, April 22, 2019 – First Day of Early Voting By Personal Appearance
- Tuesday, April 23, 2019 – Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked)
- Tuesday, April 30, 2019 – Last Day of Early Voting By Personal Appearance
- Saturday, May 4, 2019 (election day) at 7:00 p.m. – Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail (unless a late-arriving deadline applies)
Are you looking for information on how to vote in Denton County? Look no further! We have your definitive guide to registering to vote in Denton County, where you will vote in Denton County, and what you will need to vote in Denton County.
First question: Am I registered to vote?
This is an excellent question for those new to Texas or Denton County. Our state, and our county in particular, have been subject to an enormous amount of growth in the past few years. Much of that growth can be directly attributed to the conservative leadership and stewardship of the Republican Party who has won every statewide office for more than 20 years!
I’M NEW TO TEXAS; WHERE DO I REGISTER TO VOTE?
Congratulations! We are so happy you have come to our great state! After you have moved into your new home, you’ll need to head to your local Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain your Texas Driver’s License. You’ll see why that is important shortly. While there you can pick up a Voter Registration form and fill it out with the rest of the paper work.
You can also visit the Denton County Elections Administrator office or our Headquarters and become registered.
Elections Office: 701 Kimberly Drive – Denton TX 76208 Phone: 940/349-3200
DCRP HQ: 2921 Country Club Rd. #102 Denton, TX 76210 Phone: 940/383-4446
Another easy method is to fill out the online application available on the Texas Secretary of State’s website.
Please note: “You are not registered until you have filled out the online application, printed it, and mailed it to your local County Voter Registrar” – SOS Website
If you need assistance in obtaining an application, please see the Secretary’s website for more options.
I JUST MOVED TO DENTON COUNTY FROM ANOTHER PART OF THE STATE, AND WAS ALREADY REGISTERED. HOW DO I UPDATE MY REGISTRATION?
Welcome to one of the reddest counties in Texas! We are glad to have you. You will need to follow the methods listed above by either visiting the Denton County Elections Administrator office, or filling out the online application. You should receive your updated voter card within 30 days.
Please note: “If you are late to register in your new county, you may be able to vote a “limited” ballot on candidates or issues common between your old and new counties.” See VoteTexas.gov for other restrictions.
I WAS ALREADY REGISTERED IN DENTON COUNTY, BUT MOVED WITHIN THE COUNTY. DO I NEED TO RE-REGISTER?
Not at all! You can flip over your existing card, and write your new address on the back and mail it to the Denton County Elections Administrator (address above). You can also see the top section of this page on VoteTexas.gov for other options.
HOW DO I FIND OUT IF I AM ALREADY REGISTERED TO VOTE?
Second Question: What do I need to vote?
In order to maintain election integrity, the Texas Legislature passed a law requiring a form of ID in order to vote in Texas elections. Many forms of ID are accepted when going to vote and are listed below. You may obtain a free Texas Election Identification Certificate if you are unable to afford another form of ID.
- Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS– FREE
- Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
- Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
- United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
- United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
- United States passport
If you are unsure about if your ID is a valid form, see the VoteTexas.gov website for more details and instructions.
Third Question: Where do I vote?
I LIKE TO VOTE EARLY. WHERE DO I VOTE?
You can vote anywhere within the county during the Early Voting period! There will be a location that is convenient to your home or work, and will often have a very short waiting time. Be sure to check our website or VoteDenton.com for early and election day voting locations, dates, and times.
WHERE DO I VOTE ON ELECTION DAY IN DENTON COUNTY?
On Election Day, you must vote in your voter precinct’s assigned polling location, which probably will be reasonably near your home. For the location of these polling sites, please check back for Election Day locations, dates, and times.
Fourth Question: How do I read my Denton County Voter registration card?
Take a look at our sample voter registration card. Yours will be filled out of course, but we’ll go through the categories.
VUID This is your unique 10 digit voter ID number.
PREC. NO. Denton County is, like every other county in Texas, organized by voter precincts. This is your precinct number. You have a Republican Party Precinct Chair, who can be found on our website. If there is not a precinct chair in your precinct and you would like to find out how to become one, please go fill out our Precinct Chair Application form and we will be in touch with you.
VALID FROM – THRU This is the timeframe in which you are registered to vote.
CONGRESS This is your Representative to the United States Congress. Denton County has two US Congressmen: Dr. Michael Burgess and Kenny Marchant. Find out who represents you in Congress. (The entire state of Texas is represented by the same two US Senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. )
STATE SENATE This is your representative to the Texas Senate. Denton County has two State Senators, Sen. Jane Nelson and Sen. Craig Estes. Find out who represents you in the Texas Senate.
STATE REP. This is your representative to the Texas House of Representatives. Denton County has four Representatives to the Texas House. Find out who represents you in the Texas House of Representatives.
COM This is your commissioner to the Denton County Commissioner’s Court. All Texas counties have four County Commissioners and in Denton County they are: Hugh Coleman, Bobbie Mitchell, Andy Eads and Ron Marchant, plus County Judge Mary Horn who represents the entire county. Find out who represents you on the Commissioner’s Court.
This is your local Justice of the Peace. There are six Justices of the Peace and Constables in Denton County. Find out who is your local Justice of the Peace. Your local Constable also has this same district designation.
CITY/CITY DIST. This is your city and city council district. Check your city’s website for more information about your district.
ISD/ISD DIST. This is the information for your Independent School District in which you live. You might live in a different district than your city name. Please check your district’s website for more information.
SBOE This is your State Board of Education district. Find out who represents you on the SBOE.