Important dates to know for the May 2 general election

The filing period for the upcoming May general elections opens Jan. 15 and ends Feb. 14. (Courtesy Fotolia)
The filing period for the upcoming May general elections opens Jan. 15 and ends Feb. 14. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The filing period for the upcoming May general elections opens Jan. 15 and ends Feb. 14. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Entities throughout the state of Texas are preparing to or have already called elections for May 2.

Jan. 15 marked the first day candidates could file to run in a local election. Some races of note in the Lake Travis-Westlake area include the cities of Bee Cave and Lakeway.

Bee Cave City Council officially called for its local election during the Jan. 14 regular meeting, and Lakeway City Council is expected to do so Jan. 20.

In Bee Cave, seats for mayor and two council members, Jon Cobb and Bill Goodwin, are up for grabs, and in Lakeway the race will include three council seats—Laurie Higginbotham, Steve Smith and Louis Mastrangelo.

So far, Higginbotham, Smith and Mastrangelo have already submitted their applications for the Lakeway race, and Goodwin confirmed Jan. 14 he would run again for his seat.


Here are some important dates to know as the May 2 election approaches:

Feb. 14: last day to order a general election or special election on a measure; last day to file for a place on the general election ballot (local political subdivisions only)

Feb. 18: last day to file a declaration of write-in candidacy (local political subdivisions only)

April 2: last day to register to vote

April 20: first day of early voting by personal appearance; last day to apply for a ballot by mail

April 28: last day of early voting by personal appearance

May 2: Election day ends 7 p.m.; last day to receive ballot by mail; 7 p.m. deadline if carrier envelope is not postmarked,

May 4: (next business day after Election day) deadline to submit is at 5 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7 p.m. at the location of the election on Election day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.