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Voting & Election Information
The City of New Braunfels encourages all registered voters to participate in local elections. The role of the City Secretary’s Office is to accept and file candidate applications, affidavits, and statements required of candidates, and note the dates of filing thereon.
2023 Dates to apply for office
Election Information/Early Voting
A collection of information about the most recent election (May 7, 2022), including who is on the ballot, early voting & election day voting information, and election notices.
When & Where To Vote
Find out where polling locations are in and around New Braunfels so you can cast your vote.
Coming Soon! Check here for the results of the most recent election.
Archived Election Results
Take a look back at election results in New Braunfels dating back to 1965.
A qualified voter is defined as a registered voter who meets all other requirements for voting. A registration becomes effective on the 30th day after the day the application is submitted to the registrar or on the date the applicant becomes 18 years old, whichever is later (Sec. 13.143).
Election Code Sec. 11.001 and 11.002. A person meets the age requirement for voting on the day before his/her 18th birthday (Sec. 1.016)
- 18 years of age or older on the day of the election
- Citizens of the United States
- Not disqualified as mentally incompetent
- Not disqualified as a convicted felon
- Resident of the state on the day of the election
- A registered voter on the day of the election
Eligibility to Vote
(Election Code Sec. 11.001)
- Be a qualified voter as defined above
- Be a resident of the territory covered by the election for the office on which the person desires to vote
- Satisfy all other requirements for voting prescribed by law for a particular election
Texas voters must show a photo ID to vote in elections in Texas.
How to Run for Office
Should you decide to become a candidate, your candidacy requires compliance with certain state statutes and local ordinances. The City of New Braunfels, Texas, operates under state law and its own charter.
*Redistricting may affect the layout of the Council Districts - View the adopted Redistricting Map
Filing for a place on the ballot is set by state statute. Find additional election-related dates and information on the Texas Secretary of State's website (posted in accordance with TX. Legis. H.B. 305, effective September 1, 2019).
Each member of the City Council shall be:
- A resident citizen of the City of New Braunfels
- Shall be a qualified voter of the State of Texas
- Shall have been such resident citizen of the City of New Braunfels for a period of not less than twelve (12) months immediately prior to election day
- Shall not be indebted to the City of New Braunfels
However, that any person with the above qualifications, except as to residence, who shall have been a resident for a period of not less than twelve (12) months immediately preceding his or her election of any of the territory not formerly within the corporate limits of said city, but which is annexed under the provisions of section 1.04 of the City charter, shall be eligible for said office.
An elected officer must continue to reside in the City of New Braunfels for his or her entire term. If any elected officer fails to maintain the foregoing qualifications or shall be absent from three (3) consecutive regularly scheduled meetings without a valid excuse, the City Council must at its next regular meeting declare a vacancy to exist and shall fill said vacancy as set forth in section 3.06 of the City charter.
In addition to the City requirements listed above, the following are the requirements listed by the State of Texas:
- Be a United States Citizen
- Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on the date of appointment, as applicable
- Have not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be: totally mentally incapacitated, or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote
- Have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities
- Begin campaigning for elective office and obtain a place on the ballot
- Download & Complete the Appointment of A Campaign Treasurer By A Candidate (if not previously filed)
- Download & Complete the Code of Fair Campaign Practices (optional)
- Download & Complete The Full Candidate Packet - includes all necessary forms and instructions. The most commonly used forms are listed throughout this site
Campaign Finance & Reporting
- Amended Appointment Of A Campaign Treasurer By A Candidate
- Candidate/Officeholder Campaign Finance Report
- If you plan to accept contributions, open a separate bank account that is separate from any other bank account you maintain
- Check the filing deadlines and timely file all required campaign finance reports
- Continue filing reports until you file a final report when you expect to have no reportable activity connected with your candidacy
Political Advertising Requirements
Temporary signs advertising political parties or candidates for election or signs that otherwise provide for freedom of expression unrelated to any commercial endeavor may be erected or displayed and maintained on private property provided that they conform to state law and:
- Are no larger than 36 square feet
- Are no taller than eight feet
- Are not illuminated
- Have no moving elements
- Are placed with the consent of the property owner
- Are not placed on or within public rights-of-way, on public property or within visibility triangles
- Are displayed within 90 days prior and ten days following the election for which they are intended
For a comprehensive review of political advertising requirements, please refer to the Political Advertising Guide or see answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
Persons can obtain an application for a place on the municipal ballot from:
City of New Braunfels City Hall
550 Landa Street
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Or you may download the Candidate Packet here
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, or you may obtain the forms from the Texas Secretary of State website and submit the application to the City Secretary’s Office. The uniform election date for municipalities is the first Saturday of May, per Chapter 41 of the Texas Election Code.
|City to Post Notice of Candidate Filing Deadline||Monday, December 19, 2022|
|First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail||Sunday, January 1, 2023|
|First Day to File for Ballot Placement||Wednesday, January 18, 2023|
|Last Day to File for Ballot Placement||Friday, February 17, 2023 - 5:00pm|
|Candidates Draw for Ballot Placement Order||February, TBD, 2023|
|Last Day to Register to Vote||Thursday, April 6, 2023|
|First Day of Early Voting||Monday, April 24, 2023|
|Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail||Tuesday, April 25, 2023|
|Last Day of Early Voting||Tuesday, May 2, 2023|
|Election Day||Saturday, May 6, 2023|
I’m not going to raise any money. Do I still need to appoint a treasurer?
Yes. The law requires every candidate to file a campaign treasurer appointment, even if the candidate does not intend to raise or spend money. You are permitted to appoint yourself as your treasurer.
How do I complete the campaign finance report?
Each form has a companion instruction guide that instructs you how to fill out the form line-by-line. Most questions about how to fill out the form can be answered by consulting these instructions.
When do I have to file my campaign finance reports?
Due dates for campaign finance reports can be found on the appropriate filing schedule.
How can I spend my campaign funds?
You may use your political funds to pay for most expenses you incur as a candidate or officeholder. The primary restriction in using campaign funds is that you cannot convert them to personal use. You can consult the commission’s preexisting opinions about permissible and impermissible uses of political funds. Additional restrictions exist for payments to close family members, payments to a business of the candidate, and payments from judicial candidates and officeholders to candidates or political committees. These restrictions are discussed in more detail in the campaign finance guides.
What has to be on my signs?
Most political advertising requires a political advertising disclosure statement and signs designed to be seen from a road must contain a highway right-of-way notice. Additionally, non-incumbent candidates must use the word "for" before the name of the office they are seeking. Please see the Political Advertising Guide for more specific information.
TEC - First Steps for Candidates Running for City Office
Filing Campaign Finance Reports
Fair Campaign Practices
Political Advertising Requirements