Elections/Elecciones

PLEASE NOTE: The City of Huntsville conducts November elections with the four Ward positions and the Mayor held in odd-numbered years and four at-large positions held in even-numbered years.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - Uniform Election Date
Deadline to post NEW HB 305 notice.1
November 3, 2019*

*NEW LAW: Effective Sunday, September 1, 2019 (HB 305 affects political subdivisions with taxing authority) 1
Deadline to Post Notice of Candidate Filing Deadline (Local Political Subdivisions Only)1Thursday, June 18, 2020 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates1
First Day to Apply for Ballot by MailWednesday, January 1, 2020*

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2020 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.
First Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)1Saturday, July 18, 2020
First Day to File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy (General Election for State and County Officers)Saturday, July 18, 2020
Last Day to Order General Election or Special Election on a MeasureMonday, August 17, 2020
Last Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)2Monday, August 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Last Day to File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy (General Election for State and County Officers)Monday, August 17, 2020
Last Day to File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy (Local Political Subdivisions Only)Friday, August 21, 2020
Last Day to Register to VoteMonday, October 5, 2020*
First Day of Early Voting by Personal AppearanceMonday, October 19, 2020*
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
(Received, not Postmarked)
Friday, October 23, 2020
Last Day of Early Voting by Personal AppearanceFriday, October 30, 2020
Last day to Receive Ballot by MailTuesday, November 3, 2020 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Wednesday, November 4, 2020 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)4

1 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 2, 2020 election, Wednesday, January 15, 2020, is the deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline for entities that do not have a first day to file for their candidates.  However, pursuant to NEW LAW, for local (taxing) political subdivisions, the deadline is September 1, 2019 (the effective date of HB 305, 2019). For the November 3, 2020 election, Monday, July 20, 2020, 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. (If the 30th day before last day on which candidate may file falls on a Saturday, deadline moves to next business day).  However, pursuant to NEW LAW, for local (taxing) political subdivisions, the deadline is November 3, 2019 (one year before election day).

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 2, 2020.

2 Filing deadlines: generally, the filing deadline is the 78th day prior to Election Day. The Code may provide a different special election filing deadline. See Section 201.054 of the Texas Election Code (the “Code”). Write-in deadlines for general and special elections vary; the deadline for most local (city, school, other) special 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.

3 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 2, 2020 election, this is Friday, March 6, 2020. See Section 143.008 of the Code.

4 Please note that pursuant to House Bills 1151 and 929 (2017), different deadlines apply to the last day to receive ballots sent by the following: 1) non-military and military voters who mailed ballots from overseas and submitted a regular state Application for Ballot By Mail (“ABBM”), 2) non-military voters who mailed ballots from overseas and who submitted a Federal Postcard Application (“FPCA”), and (3) military voters who mailed ballots domestically or from overseas and who submitted an FPCA. See Secs. 86.007, 101.001 and 101.057 of the Code. Please contact the Elections Division of the Office of the Texas Secretary of State at 1-800-252-VOTE (8683) for additional information.

November 3, 2020 General Election 

Early Voting and Election Day Voting to be held at Walker County Annex, 1301 Sam Houston Ave, Huntsville, TX 77340

The first day to file an Application for Place on Ballot, for At-large Council Positions 1, 2, 3, or 4, in the November 3, 2020 General Election will be January 1, 2020; the last day to file an Application for Place on Ballot will be August 17, 2020.

The last day to file as a write-in candidate will be August 21, 2020.

The requirements/qualifications to serve on the Huntsville City Council are found in the Charter:

SECTION 4.02 - QUALIFICATIONS
At the time of election to office and during their tenure of office, the Mayor and each member of the Council shall be a citizen and a qualified registered voter of the State of Texas and the City of Huntsville and, if a Councilmember from a specific Ward, a resident of such Ward. No member of Council shall have resided in the City for less than 12 months next preceding the election and no member shall be less than 21 years old. No member of the Council shall be indebted to the City or be delinquent in the payment to the City of any tax or assessment. No member of the Council shall hold any other office or employment under the City government while a member of the Council. A member of the Council ceasing to possess any of the foregoing qualifications shall immediately forfeit their office.

  1. Where to vote
  2. 2019 Candidate Packet
  3. En Español

- Click here for a map of City election precincts

- Click here for a map of all Walker County election precincts 

- Click here for information on all Walker County election precincts

City Voting Precinct Polling Place

  101 Walker County Justice Center; 717 FM 2821 East
  102 Walker County Annex; 1301 Sam Houston Avenue, Suite 101
  201 Walker County Storm Shelter; 455 State Highway 75
  205 Elkins Lake Recreation Conference Center; 634 Cherry Hills Drive
  206 Huntsville Fire Station No. 1; 1987 Veterans Memorial Parkway
  301 Huntsville ISD Transportation Building; 95 Martin Luther King
  401 University Heights Baptist Church; 2400 Sycamore Avenue

Postings and Notices

  1. important elections notice
  1. candidate filings