Texas Statewide Elections

March 1, 2016: Republican and Democratic Primary Elections

Following are the Texas-wide races on the ballot for the March 1, 2016 Election. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order. Races that cover the local area are listed on our Local Elections page. To view your specific sample ballot, please visit the Harris County Elections Office website.

(i) denotes incumbent

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2016 Republican Primary Candidates

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 3

Debra Lehrmann (i)
Michael Massengale

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 5

Paul Green (i)
Rick Green

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 9

Eva Guzman (i)
Joe Pool

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2

Mary Lou Keel
Chris Oldner
Ray Wheless

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5

Sid Harle
Steve Smith
Scott Walker
Brent Webster

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6

Richard Davis
Michael E Keasler (i)

Proposition 1

Texas should replace the property tax system with an alternative other than an income tax and require voter approval to increase the overall tax burden.

Proposition 2

Texas cities and counties should be required to comply with federal immigration laws or be penalized by loss of state funds.

Proposition 3

Texas should prohibit governmental entities from collecting dues for labor unions through deductions from public employee paychecks.

Proposition 4

Texas and its citizens should strongly assert 10th Amendment Rights guaranteed by the US Constitution which states "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

2016 Democratic Primary Candidates

Railroad Commissioner

Lon Burnam
Cody Garrett
Grady Yarbrough

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 3

Mike Westergren

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 5

Dori Contreras Garza

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 9

Savannah Robinson

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2

Lawrence "Larry" Meyers (i)

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5

Betsy Johnson

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6

Robert Burns

Referenda 1

Should the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress pass an economic security and prosperity plan for families that includes higher incomes by raising the state minimum wage to a livable wage, passing the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure equal pay for equal work, guaranteeing paid family leave to care for a child or ill loved one, fully funding public neighborhood schools, and making a debt-free community college education a reality for hardworking students?

Referenda 2

Should the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress pass criminal justice reform legislation that ensures equal justice throughout our society without respect to race, socioeconomic status, geographic location, or other factors unrelated to behavior, ensuring as well common sense policies to protect the rights of law enforcement officers, the community, and defendants in the criminal justice system?

Referenda 3

Should the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress encourage the transition to renewable, non-polluting energy as a means to slow down climate change and its impact on the planet?

Referenda 4

Should the United States Congress pass the new Voting Rights Advancement Act to protect all American voters?

Referenda 5

Should the Texas Legislature allow each public institution of higher education (not only private universities) to opt out of the ability to carry guns on campus?

Referenda 6

Should the United States Congress pass a just and fair comprehensive immigration reform solution that includes an earned path to citizenship for law-abiding immigrants and their children, keeps families together, protects DREAMers, and provides workforce solutions for businesses?