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.
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.
Find out where polling locations are in and around New Braunfels so you can cast your vote.
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.
Please click here to find out more information about the Voter I.D. law.
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 at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/important-election-dates.shtml (posted in accordance with TX. Legis. H.B. 305, effective September 1, 2019).
Each member of the City Council shall be:
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
Campaign Finance & Reporting
Political Advertising Requirements
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.
Here are the current dates and deadlines for the May7, 2022 City election:
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.