Governor Postpones May 2 and Primary Runoff Elections

March 31, 2020

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Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation on Wed., March 18, postponing the May 2 local elections and special elections to the Nov. 3 uniform election date amid the coronavirus outbreak. The governor strongly urges local governments to take advantage of the postponement to prevent large public gatherings and help limit the spread of the virus.

However, the election is not postponed automatically – the governing body of the political subdivision must take an official action for the change to be effective. It is recommended that officials make the decision to postpone before the start of early voting on April 20.

In addition, Abbott postponed the runoff primary election until July 14, which is the same date as the special election for Texas Senate District 14.  Early voting for the postponed runoff primary election will begin Monday, July 6. View the proclamation here. In association with the governor’s proclamation, Texas Secretary of State Mary Hughes issued an elections advisory to provide guidance to political subdivisions on postponing their May 2 election to the November uniform election date.

Questions about the postponements should be directed to the Elections Division of the Secretary of State at (800) 252-8683 or For more information on elections, contact Nanette Forbes.