Elections/Elecciones


Polling Locations, Dates, and Times



Voting information for the 2022 City of La Porte elections will be provided in early 2022.

Sample Ballots


Per the Texas Election Code, sample ballots may only be printed on yellow paper. These scanned sample ballots are suitable for color printers. If you choose to print them in black and white, you must use yellow paper. Only yellow sample ballots will be permitted to be brought into a City polling location. Sample ballots are available at City Hall (604 West Fairmont Parkway) and linked on this page, when available.

Candidate Filing Requirements


Filing requirements are per state statute, available at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/guide/2020/index.shtml, and those of the City of La Porte Charter, Article II, at LaPorteTX.gov/Charter. (Charter Qualifications - the mayor and councilpersons shall have been a qualified voter of the City for twelve months immediately preceding election day, and continuously during the term of office. A district councilperson shall also be a resident of his or her district for twelve months immediately preceding election day, and continuously during the term of office.)


Per the Sec. of State's CSO-3449 Advisory of August 3, 2020, candidate applications may be filed:
- in person, with the City Secretary's office at City Hall; 
- by mail; an application submitted by mail is considered to be filed at the time of its receipt by the appropriate filing authority. (Secs. 143.007(b); 144.005(b)); or
- by fax or email - "A signed, sworn, scanned candidate application (and petition, if applicable) may be submitted by fax or email if there is no filing fee [the City of La Porte Charter does not require a filing fee]. Please be advised that an application must be notarized prior to filing via fax or email.


Voting by Mail



The state of Texas provides that certain voters may apply to vote by mail. The Secretary of State’s form to apply for a ballot by mail (updated following 2021 legislation) is available at 

https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/forms/5-15f.pdf (English)

https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/forms/5-15fs.pdf (Espanol)

 or is available upon request by mail to the City Secretary, 604 West Fairmont Parkway, La Porte, TX 77571; by fax to 281- 842-3701; or via email to CitySecretary@LaPorteTX.gov.

Those interested may also contact the office of the City Secretary at 281-470-5021 for more information. Voters are not required to use the State application. Any application received that is not on the State’s form is considered an "informal application" and may be accepted if it contains all the following information:

1. Name and residence address of registration of applicant.
2. Address to which ballot is to be mailed.
3. Indication of each election for which the voter is applying.
4. The ground of eligibility for voting by mail.
5. If the ground is absence from the county, an indication that the voter satisfies that ground (provides a mailing address outside the county of residence).
6. The signature of the applicant.

Applications for a ballot by mail received by mail, common or contract carrier, fax, or by electronic submission of a scanned application with an original signature may be received, provided that the original must be received by mail within four days of the receipt of the electronic submission, per the Texas Election Code.

Elections in the City of La Porte are conducted in accordance with the Texas Election Code and the City Charter. For more information, contact the City Secretary’s Office at 281-470-5021 or by email at CitySecretary@LaPorteTX.gov, or visit the City’s election page at LaPorteTX.gov/Elections or LaPorteTX.gov/Elecciones.

Voting Guidelines Related to COVID-19

On May 27, 2020, the Texas Secretary of State's Office issued guidelines to voters and entities holding elections concerning polling places and voting conduct during upcoming elections. Click here to view the document. This was updated on June 18, 2020. Click here to view these additional guidelines.



Voter ID Information 

Voter Identification Changes


Click here for the interactive Council District map

Click here for the City Election Register



2022 General Election
General Elections (posted in accordance with TX. Legis. H.B. 305, effective September 1, 2019)


The General Election for members of the City Council is held annually on the 1st Saturday in May.  Find additional election-related dates and information at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/important-election-dates.shtml#2022 .

The May 7, 2022, General Election will be held at La Porte City Hall, located at 604 West Fairmont Parkway. Filing for a place on the ballot is set by state statute and will run from January 19 to February 18, 2022. 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).

Filing requirements are per state statute, available at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/guide/2020/index.shtml, and those of the City of La Porte Charter, Article II, at LaPorteTX.gov/Charter. (Charter Qualifications - the mayor and councilpersons shall have been a qualified voter of the City for twelve months immediately preceding election day, and continuously during the term of office. A district councilperson shall also be a resident of his or her district for twelve months immediately preceding election day, and continuously during the term of office.)

Per the Sec. of State's CSO-3449 Advisory of August 3, 2020, candidate applications may be filed:
- in person, with the City Secretary's office at City Hall; 
- by mail; an application submitted by mail is considered to be filed at the time of its receipt by the appropriate filing authority. (Secs. 143.007(b); 144.005(b)); or
- by fax or email - "A signed, sworn, scanned candidate application (and petition, if applicable) may be submitted by fax or email if there is no filing fee [the City of La Porte Charter does not require a filing fee]. Please be advised that an application must be notarized prior to filing via fax or email."



More Information


To register to vote, find upcoming election dates, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the Texas Secretary of State's special voter page, VoteTexas.gov. For additional general information, please visit the Secretary of State's website. Also informative is the League of Women Voters page.


Political Signs


Campaign signs for the May general election may now be placed publicly until ten days following the election (unless candidates are involved in a runoff election).

Most campaign signs are placed on private property, with the permission of the owner of the property. Some candidates may choose to place campaign signs on City property, as this is not prohibited by the City Code. Candidates and their supporters who place signs on City property must remember that City facilities are there to provide services to citizens and the grounds must be maintained, and should consider placements that are reasonable and respect these requirements.

The City of La Porte does not endorse or oppose any candidate or proposition on the ballot and political signs placed on City property do not indicate any manner of support.

The City Code of Ordinances provides general campaign sign placement guidelines in Section 106-873, which can be found at LaPorteTX.gov/PoliticalSigns.

For polling locations during early voting and on election day, state guidelines require campaign materials and activities to be outside a marked 100’ distance from the polling location entrance.

The City may remove signs placed in the rights-of-way. The City is unlikely to be informed if others remove signs (HOAs, landscaping crews, etc.), from private property, especially windblown signs that have come off their frames.

The Texas Ethics Commission, not the City, provides authority, oversight, and enforcement for issues related to the message content of political signs, not the City. The Texas Department of Transportation governs sign placement on state roadways, as Harris County does for county roads.

Find more election information, including registration, early voting, and ballot by mail guidelines, on the City website at LaPorteTX.gov/Elections or LaPorteTX.gov/Elecciones.

En Español

Para registrarse para votar, encuentre las fechas de eleccion proximas, y respuestas a preguntas hechas con frecuencia, por favor visite la pagina de votante especial en VoteTexas.gov. Para informacion general adicional, por favor visite www.SoS.State.TX.US.