The City Secretary Office is responsible for managing municipal elections. This includes serving the candidates who want to run for office, assisting Council with placing issues on the ballot, validating petitions for items that may appear on the ballot, receiving campaign finance reports from local candidates, officeholders and political action committees as required by the Texas Ethics Commission.
Voting Districts & Precincts Maps
Vote Early by Mail
A registered voter is eligible for early voting by mail if the voter meets at least one of the following criteria:
Out of the country
The voter will be out of the city of the voter's residence on Election Day and during the hours of voting at the main early voting polling place during the part of the period for early voting by personal appearance remaining after the voter's early voting application is submitted to the city secretary/early voting clerk. If the voter does not submit the application before early voting by personal appearance begins, the voter is ineligible for early voting by mail unless the voter is absent from the city when the application is submitted.
The voter has an illness or physical condition that prevents the voter from appearing at the polling place on Election Day.
The voter is 65 years of age or older on Election Day.
Confinement in Jail
The voter is confined in jail at the time the application is submitted. Serving a misdemeanor sentence for a term that ends on or after Election Day; pending trial after denial of bail; without bail pending an appeal of a felony conviction; or pending trial or appeal on a bailable offense for which release on bail before Election Day is unlikely.
Voter Registration Information
Election Code Sec. 11.001 and 11.002. A person meets the age requirement for voting on the day before his 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
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)
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 particular election.
Acceptable forms of Identification (ID) for voting per Election Code 63.0101:
- Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
- Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
- Texas Concealed Handgun License issued by DPS
- United States Military Identification Card containing the person's photograph
- United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person's photograph
- United States Passport
In order to vote in any election, the Voter Registration Application must be postmarked no later than 30 days prior to the election. Visit the Secretary of State's website to file a Voter Registration Application online or to change your name or address.
Other Important Election Information
In order to ensure that the Election process is transparent, fair and open to all, there are several websites and government bodies, you can contact with questions or concerns. Below are some helpful links and contacts. For more information, please contact the City Secretary's Office at (830) 774-8680.
VOTExas.org - provides election information in an easy to understand format.
Texas Ethics Commission - gives guidance to candidates and political parties to maintain equality for all involved in the election process. The Commission oversees political advertising and financial disclosures. The Commission can be reached by phone at 512-463-5800.
Texas Secretary of State - serves as the Chief Election Officer for the State of Texas, assisting county election officials and ensuring the uniform application and interpretation of election laws through the State. They can be reached by phone at 800-252-8683