Elections/Elecciones

​March 27, 2021 - District 6 Vacancy Special Election

At its meeting on January 11, 2021, the City Council adopted an ordinance calling the councilperson-District 6 Special election to be held on March 27, 2021. The filing period for a place on this special election ballot is January 12-January 25, 2021. Ballot order drawing will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. in the Council Chamber at the La Porte City Hall, 604 West Fairmont Parkway, 77571.

Click here to view Ord. 2021-3815 calling the March 27, 2021, Councilperson-District 6 Special Election.
Click here to view the notice of election for the March 27, 2021, Councilperson-District 6 Special Election.
Click here to view the Notice of Deadline to File Applications for Place on the March 27, 2021, Councilperson-District 6 Special Election Ballot.
Click here to view the Notice of Drawing for Place on the Ballot.

Early voting will be conducted at the LPISD ITC Building on the James Baker campus, adjacent to District 6. Early voting will be conducted from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, March 15-23, 2021. Extended days to vote from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. will be held on Tuesdays, March 16 and 23, 2021.

Election day voting will be conducted at the LPISD ITC Building on the James Baker campus, adjacent to District 6 on Saturday, March 27, 2021, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.



May 1, 2021 General Election

The City of La Porte will hold its next general election on May 1, 2021. The races will be for the positions of Mayor and Councilpersons for Districts 2 and 3.
Click here for the Notice of Deadline to Apply for a Place on the 2021 General Election Ballot.
Click here to view the notice of election for the May 1, 2021, General and Special Elections.

 The May 1, 2021, 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 13 to February 12, 2021. Find additional election-related dates and information at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/important-election-dates.shtml#2021 (posted in accordance with TX. Legis. H.B. 305, effective September 1, 2019).

The drawing for ballot order for the May 2021 General election will be at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Click here to view the notice.

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.

May 1, 2021 Special Election for Charter Amendments

At its January 11 meeting, the City Council adopted an ordinance calling a special election for Charter amendments. Forty proposed amendments will be decided by the voters at the May 1, 2021, special election.

Click here to view the special election ordinance - Ordinance 2021-3814 - including the ballot items.
Click here to view the notice of election for the May 1, 2021, General and Special Elections.

Sample Ballots

(Will not be available for 2021 elections until after filing periods end and ballots have been proofed.) Sample ballots must be printed on yellow paper, per Texas law, to be allowed inside polling locations. Voters may download and print sample ballots onto yellow paper, or pick up sample ballots at City Hall.


Polling Locations


On election day, May 1, voters registered in La Porte Council Districts/La Porte election precincts 1, 2, 3, and 6 will vote only at the ITC Building,  and those in La Porte Council Districts/La Porte election precincts 4 and 5 will vote only at City Hall . Voters of LPISD Election Precinct 7 will vote for the LPISD races only, at College Park Elementary School (foyer between cafeteria and gym), 4315 Luella Avenue, in Deer Park. There will not be any La Porte City Council voting at the College Park location. (LPISD voters in LPISD Districts 8-9 will vote in Shoreacres or Morgan’s Point, respectively.)

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 is available at  https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/forms/5-15f.pdf 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.

Friday, April 16, 2021, is the last day an application for ballot by mail may be submitted in person, as early voting begins on Monday, April 19, 2021. 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 through Monday, April 19, 2021.

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.

2020 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 an interactive Council District map

Click here for the City Election Register

General Elections


The General Election for members of City Council is held annually on the 1st Saturday in May.

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 posted in the City Hall lobby adjacent to the City Council chamber and copies are available from the City Secretary's Office at City Hall (604 West Fairmont Parkway).

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 del Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores de Texas en VoteTexas.gov. Para informacion general adicional de la oficina del Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores, por favor visite www.sos.state.tx.us.

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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."