Voting & Election Information

Election-Info-

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 General Election Notice

Resources

Voting

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.

City Council Districts - Redistricting 2022

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).

  1. Requirements
  2. Forms & Procedures
  3. Get on the Ballot
  4. Dates & Deadlines
  5. FAQ's & Resources

City Requirements

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.

State Requirements

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