May 2, 2020 General Election
March 18, 2020 - Governor Abbott has issued additional information concerning the May 2 general election. The Governor’s proclamation (https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/PROC_COVID-19_May_2_Election_Date_IMAGE_03-18-2020.pdf) offers political subdivisions the opportunity to move their May 2 election to the next uniform election date, which is November 3, 2020.
The Governor has not mandated a move to November. The item will be on the Monday, March 23, City Council agenda and on the Tuesday, March 24, LPISD Board of Trustees agenda, we understand. We will not have further direction until the governing body has made a decision. Until they do, we continue to assume no change to the May 2 election. This is a decision of the elected officials – only information issued from the City or the LPISD is official information in relation to the City/LPISD general election.
The next General Election will be on Saturday, May 2, 2020, 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 15-February 14, 2020. Find additional election-related dates and information at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/index.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.)
Positions for election in 2020 are Councilperson At-Large Position B, Councilperson-District 1, and Councilperson-District 6.
- Click here for the Notice of Election for the City of La Porte General Election on May 2, 2020
- Click here for the Notice of Deadline to File an Application For a Place on the Ballot for the May 2, 2020 General Election.
- Click here for the May 2, 2020, CoLP Candidate Packet.
- Click here for the Notice of Drawing for Place on the Ballot (ballot order drawing). - The drawing for ballot order will take place in the City Council chamber on Tuesday, February 18, at 8:30 a.m. and is open to the public.
Ballot Order Drawing Press Release, February 18, 2020
La Porte voters will vote on City Council and La Porte Independent School District (LPISD) races on the May 2, 2020, general election ballot. Voters in La Porte Council Districts 2-5 will be able to vote for the City Councilperson At-Large Position B race, while voters in La Porte Council Districts 1 and 6 will be able to vote for the City Councilperson At-Large Position B race and their respective City Councilperson District race. Voters in City of La Porte Districts 1-6 and LPISD Districts 1-7 will make selections for the LPISD Positions 1, 2, and 3 races. (LPISD voters in LPISD Districts 8-9 will vote in Shoreacres or Morgan’s Point, respectively.) Notification of ballot application filing for the elections ran from December 15, 2019-January 14, 2020, and ballot applications were accepted January 15-February 14, 2020, for each of the positions listed.
The drawing for ballot order for City Council races was held Tuesday morning, February 18, where candidates drew for ballot placement in the order in which they filed ballot applications. The City Councilperson ballot order results were as follows:
At Large B – Brent McCaulley, Ti O’Daniel, William R. Geistman, Chuck Rosa
District 1 – Trey Kendrick is unopposed on the ballot
District 6 – Gary Rohr, Robbie McLarrin, Randy Rowan, Randy Daily
LPISD held a ballot order drawing Monday evening, February 17, with the ordered results as below:
Trustee, Position #1 - Place 1: Lois E. Rogerson - Place 2: Russell Schoppe
Trustee, Position #2 - Place 1: Kathy Green - Place 2: Mason Peres
Trustee, Position #3 - Place 1: Chris Murdock - Place 2: Dennis L. Slate
Early voting will begin Monday, April 20, and run weekdays through Tuesday, April 28, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Extended voting from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. will be conducted on Tuesdays, April 21 and April 28. Election day voting on Saturday, May 2, will be from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Early voting will be conducted at two locations, City Hall (604 West Fairmont Parkway as the main early voting location) and the La Porte ISD Instructional Technology Center (ITC Building, 9832 Spencer Highway, as a branch early voting location). Registered voters of La Porte Districts 1-6 or LPISD Districts 1-7 may vote at either location during early voting. (LPISD voters in LPISD Districts 8-9 will vote in Shoreacres or Morgan’s Point, respectively.)
On election day, May 2, voters registered in La Porte Council Districts/La Porte election precincts 1, 2, 3, and 6 will vote only at the ITC Building (and only for the races as noted above) and those in La Porte Council Districts/La Porte election precincts 4 and 5 will vote only at City Hall (for the At Large B race and their respective District race, as noted above). 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 17, 2020, is the last day an application for ballot by mail may be submitted in person, as early voting begins on Monday, April 20, 2020. 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 20, 2020.
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.- Click here for Ordinance 2020-3771 calling the May 2, 2020, General Election.
Voter Identification Changes
Voter ID Information
VOTER REGISTRATION CARDS - HARRIS COUNTY IS CORRECTING THEM
Registered voters in La Porte have been receiving their new voter registration cards from the Harris County Voter Registrar. Unfortunately, the cards indicate La Porte voters live in League City, although the other information on the cards appears to be correct.
The Harris County Voter Registrar’s Office has confirmed that “voters shall receive a corrected replacement within 5-10 business days.”
As a reminder, the state of Texas requires voters to show photo identification when they vote, not solely a voter registration card. More information on the acceptable forms of photo I.D. is available at VoteTexas.gov, a full state resource for Texas voters.
Information on the City of La Porte general election on May 2, 2020, may be found at LaPorteTX.gov/Elections or LaPorteTX.gov/Elecciones.
The General Election for members of City Council is held annually on the 1st Saturday in May.
May 2, 2020 Sample Ballots will be available here in early 2020 - 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.
It's election season, when campaign signs pop up like bluebonnets! The City of La Porte has advised City Council candidates that campaign signs for the May 2 general election may now be placed publicly until ten days following the election (unless candidates are involved in a run-off 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.
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.