The City Secretary’s Office is responsible for overseeing municipal elections including serving as the contract administrator for election services through Tarrant County Elections, receiving all required candidate filings (including applications for a place on the ballot and campaign finance reports), and conducting a drawing for the order in which names will appear on the ballot.
|Election||Filing Begins (108 days before)||Filing Deadline (78 days before)|
May 6, 2023: Mayor and Places 4 and 5
|8:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2023||5:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2023|
|May 4, 2024: Places 1, 2, and 3||8:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2024||5:00 p.m. Friday, February 16, 2024|
|May 3, 2025: Mayor and Places 4 and 5||8:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2025||5:00 p.m. Friday, February 14, 2025|
|May 2, 2026: Places 1, 2, and 3||8:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2026||5:00 p.m. Friday, February 13, 2026|
|May 1, 2027: Mayor and Places 4 and 5||8:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2027||5:00 p.m. Friday, February 12, 2027|
Vote Centers Model
The Tarrant County Commissioners Court adopted the Vote Centers model in July 2019, which was implemented by Tarrant County Elections beginning with the November 5, 2019 Election. 'Vote Centers' are an alternative to precinct-specific polling locations and were created pursuant to the Countywide Polling Place Program in the Texas Elections Code. Under the Vote Center model, registered voters can vote at any polling location within the County on Election Day, a convenience previously only enjoyed during the Early Voting period. Vote Centers are aimed at increasing customer satisfaction, reducing errors, boosting voter turnout, and lowering costs.
WHO DETERMINES POLLING LOCATIONS? The two major political parties determine locations for the Primary Elections. Municipalities (cities, school districts, etc.) determine polling locations for Municipal Elections. The County Commissioners Court determines polling locations for the General Elections.
HOW DO VOTE CENTERS AFFECT EARLY VOTING, VOTING BY MAIL, AND CURBSIDE VOTING? Vote Centers do not affect or change any of these.
WILL VOTERS BE ABLE TO VOTE ON PAPER BALLOTS? No. Because Vote Centers allow any registered voter to vote at any polling location there will be no paper ballots to complete by hand. Instead, all votes will be cast on an electronic voting machine that will print out your completed ballot. The voter will take their completed ballot and feed it into a scanner for tabulation before it is automatically dropped into a ballot box for archiving.
Tarrant County Elections will begin posting returns on election night once polling places begin closing.