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The filing period for candidates requesting a place on the 2018 Democratic Primary Ballot opens at Party Headquarters on Saturday, November 11 at 1445 N Loop West, Houston, TX 77008. Hours of operation are 11 A.M. - 4 P.M. for all prospective Democratic candidates. Effective Monday, November 13 through Monday, December 11, the Primary Office will be open to receive ballot applications Monday through Friday, from 10:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M., except for Monday, November 20 through Friday, November 24. The office will close in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Applications will not be accepted or processed during the week of Thanksgiving . The office will reopen on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 10 A.M.

Note: In order to become the Democratic Party nominee for a particular office, you must file an application (PDF) for a place on the ballot with the county or state party chair, as appropriate. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 172.022. Candidates for federal office must file a federal application (PDF) . The application must be filed between November 11, 2017 and by 6:00p.m. on December 11, 2017. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 172.023. The application for a place on the primary ballot must be accompanied by either a filing fee or a petition in lieu of filing fee (PDF) signed by a certain number of qualified voters. Certain judicial candidates in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, Tarrant and Travis must file additional petitions (PDF) . Certain Statewide judicial candidates must also file additional petitions using the Statewide Judicial Office on Primary Ballot petition form (PDF) .

See Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 162.015 for more details about how primary voting or candidacy affects (or does not affect) candidacy in the general election.

Precinct Chair Filing Form

Click here to download the form to run for precinct chair in the March 2018 Democratic Primary election. Your original, notarized form must be delivered to Harris County Democratic Party by December 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm.

Print and complete the top portion of the form through “length of continuous residence.” Do not sign the form yet. On the top line, fill in “Application for Precinct Chair on the Democratic Party...” Office sought = “Precinct X Chair” where X is the voting precinct number where you live. Be sure to fill in all required information in the top part of the form. Incomplete forms are rejected.

A notary public must witness your signature on the form. You have 2 options:

  1. Bring the form to a notary public yourself, have it notarized, and then mail the original form to: Attn: Primary Office; Harris County Democratic Party; 1445 North Loop West, Suite 110; Houston, TX 77008.
  2. Call the HCDP office at 713-802-0085 to ask whether a notary public is available, then bring the form by 1445 North Loop West in person, to have it notarized and hand it in.

If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to contact the Harris County Democratic Party (HCDP) Primary Team at

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