Texas elections, 2013
Texas election information for 2013 is listed below.
|On the 2013 ballot|
Exceptions include special elections
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November 5, 2013
Elections by type
State Senate District 6
Mario Gallegos (D) died of liver failure in October 2012. However, he ran for re-election and his name remained on the ballot. He was re-elected on November 6, 2012, triggering a special election to fill the seat. The special election was held January 26, 2013. With eight candidates, it looked likely that a runoff for the top-two vote getters would be necessary, and indeed that is what happened. Democrats Sylvia Garcia and Carol Alvarado met in a runoff on March 2, which Garcia won.
- Related: See election results here.
State House District 50
Rep. Mark Strama (D) resigned to lead Google's fiber optics operation in Austin, Texas. A special election has been called for November 5. Celia Israel and Mike VanDeWalle will face off in the December 10 runoff election. Candidates had until September 4 to file certified nomination papers.
- Related: See election information here.
Statewide ballot measures in Texas
- See also: Texas 2013 ballot measures
The only form of ballot measure allowed in Texas are legislatively-referred constitutional amendments, which may only be sent to the ballot while the legislature is in session. The Texas' state legislative session began January 8, 2013 and concluded on May 27, 2013. An expanded special legislative session was then called on on May 27 and concluded on June 25. A second special session was called on July 1 and concluded on July 30. The Texas legislature had a total of three special sessions, with the last one beginning on July 30 and ending on August 5.
|Proposition 1||Taxes||Property tax exemption on residence for surviving spouse of armed services member killed in action||
|Proposition 2||Admin. of gov't||Elimination of an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund||
|Proposition 3||Taxes||Increase in number of days that aircraft parts may be located in the state and be exempt from taxation||
|Proposition 4||Taxes||Property tax exemption for partially disabled veterans on their residence under certain conditions||
|Proposition 5||Housing||Rules and regulations governing reverse mortgage loans||
|Proposition 6||Budgets||Transfer funds from Rainy Day Fund to water projects||
|Proposition 7||County governance||Rules governing how to fill vacancies on governing bodies of home-rule municipalities||
|Proposition 8||Healthcare||Eliminate the state constitutional provision that authorizes a hospital district in Hidalgo County||
|Proposition 9||State judiciary||Expansion of types of sanctions against state court judges after disciplinary proceedings||
- Related: 2013 ballot measures
Voting in Texas
- See also: Voting in Texas
Important voting information
- Texas uses an open primary system, meaning voters are not required to declare a party preference when registering to vote.
- Registration must be completed 28 days prior to the election.
- As of April 2014, Texas is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration. Texas has a bill pending in the 2013 legislative session which would authorize online voter registration. The bill passed the Texas Senate on April 23, 2013. It now goes to the Texas House of Representatives for consideration.
- See also: Absentee voting by state
For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Texas, please visit our absentee voting by state page.
- See also: Early voting
Texas is one of 33 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins the 17th day before an election and ends on the fourth day prior to Election Day. The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.
Elections Performance Index
Texas ranked 23rd out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen to in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Texas received an overall score of 66%.
- Chron.com, "Bitter District 6 race ends with Saturday runoff," February 26, 2013
- Dallas Morning News, "Houston special election for late state senator’s seat heading into runoff," January 26, 2013
- Texas Tribune, "Packed Field Could Mean a Runoff in SD-6," January 2, 2013
- The Republic, "Alvarado, Garcia, Bray vying to replace deceased Gallegos in Texas Senate special election," November 12, 2012
- The Dallas Morning News, "Governor sets special election for senate seat in Houston area," December 13, 2012
- Your Houston News, " Third candidate joins race for late Senator seat," December 28, 2012
- KHOU.com, "Garcia wins special runoff election for state Senate seat," March 2, 2013
- texastribune.org, "Special Election to Replace Strama Set for Nov. 5," July 11, 2013
- Multistate.com, "2013 State Legislative Session Dates," accessed August 2, 2013
- Associated Press, "Texas Legislature adjourns 3rd special session after passing transportation bill," August 5, 2013
- Longview News Journal, Texas Senate OKs Online Voter Registration, April 24, 2013
- Open States, SB 315
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- Pew Charitable Trusts, "Election Performance Index Report," accessed April 23, 2014
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