City Elections

City General Election Information

The City of Humble holds a General Election the 1st Saturday in May of each year. All positions are at large with a two-year term, with no term limits. The Council is comprised of Mayor and five Council Members, who all vote. To be eligible to run for office you must meet the following requirements as outlined in the Texas Election Code and the City of Humble Charter.

TEXAS ELECTION CODE
TITLE 9. CANDIDATES; CHAPTER 141. CANDIDACY FOR PUBLIC OFFICE GENERALLY; SUBCHAPTER A. ELIGIBILITY FOR PUBLIC OFFICE

Sec. 141.001. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC OFFICE.

  1. To be eligible to be a candidate for, or elected or appointed to, a public elective office in this state, a person must:
    1. be a United States citizen;
    2. 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;
    3. have not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be:
      1. totally mentally incapacitated; or
      2. partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
    4. have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities
    5. have resided continuously in the state for 12 months and in the territory from which the office is elected for six months immediately preceding the following date:
      1. for a candidate whose name is to appear on a general primary election ballot, the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate’s application for a place on the ballot;
      2. for an independent candidate, the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate’s application for a place on the ballot;
      3. for a write-in candidate, the date of the election at which the candidate’s name is written in;
      4. for a party nominee who is nominated by any method other than by primary election, the date the nomination is made; and
      5. for an appointee to an office, the date the appointment is made;

 

CITY OF HUMBLE CHARTER
ARTICLE II. THE CITY COUNCIL AND THEIR ELECTION; Section 5. Qualifications for city council.

The mayor and each alderman:

  • shall be at least eighteen (18) years of age; and
  • a resident citizen of the City of Humble and have qualifications of electors therein; and
  • shall have owned real property in said city for a period of at least one year immediately prior to the date application is made for his name to be placed on the ballot.

The mayor, councilmembers and other officers and employees of the city:

  • shall not be indebted to the city;
  • shall not hold any other elected public office; and
  • shall not be in violation of Article VIII, Section 5 of this charter.

Any [sic] further, any officer or employee of the city who shall cease to possess any of the qualifications herein required shall forfeit his office or position and any contract in which any officer or employee shall or may become interested shall be declared void by the council. (Ord. No. 330, § 1, 1-26-1982)

CITY OF HUMBLE CHARTER
ARTICLE VIII. GENERAL PROVISIONS; Section 5. Personal interest.
No member of the city council or any appointed officer or employee of the city:

  • shall have a direct financial interest in any contract or in any sale to the city; or
  • to a contractor supplying the city, of any land, materials, supplies, or service; provided, however, that the provisions of this section shall [not] be applicable to a councilperson, appointed officer, or employee who is merely a stockholder or a business entity making a contract with the city[,] provided that the stock owned by such person does not exceed ten percent of the total capital stock of the corporation.

Any contract in which any officer or employee shall or may become interested shall be declared void by the council. (Ord. No. 87-403, § XXXII, 1-28-1987; Ord. No. 96-498, amend. 10, 5-9-1996)

May 6, 2023 General Election
Important Information

The first day to submit an Application for Place on the Ballot for the May 6, 2023 General Election is Wednesday, January 18, 2023 and the last day is Friday, February 17, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. Candidate Packets with additional information will be available the beginning of January 2023.

Internet Posting Requirement for Political Subdivisions / Requisitos de Publicación en Internet Para Subdivisiones Políticas

Voter Registration and ID information

Not sure if you are registered to vote or recently moved? Go to Votetexas.gov to find out if your registration is current. You may also register to vote through the Harris County or Secretary of State websites.

To register to vote in Texas, simply complete a voter registration application and return it to your county election office at least 30 days before the upcoming election date.

The last day to submit your voter registration application in time to vote for the City’s May 6, 2023 Municipal General Election is April 6, 2023.

Everything you need to know about Voter ID from the Texas Secretary of State’s office.

Electioneering on the premises of city-owned or –controlled property during voting period

(a)          The following regulations apply to electioneering on the premises of city­ owned or -controlled property during the voting period.

  • It is an offense for any person to leave any electioneering sign or literature on city-owned or -controlled property that is used as a polling place other than during the period beginning on 6:00 p.m. before the voting period begins and ending forty-eight (48) hours after the voting period ends.
  • It is an offense for any person to engage in electioneering on driveways on the premises of a polling location or in such areas that the fire marshal or his/her designee determines to be unsafe for electioneering or determines will interfere with patrons or city employees and staff who use the areas other than for election
  • It is an offense for any person to attach, place or otherwise affix any electioneering sign, literature or material to any building, tree, shrub, pole or other improvement on city-owned or -controlled property used as a polling location.
  • On ElectionDay only, each candidate may erect a single tent, canopy, or similar item encumbering or encroaching on public property at 114 W. Higgins, Humble City Hall, in the designated location, located outside the 100-ft. prohibited area.
  • It is an offense for any person to place any electioneering sign on the premises that exceeds four (4) square feet and is more than four feet in height, including any supporting poles.
  • It is an offense for any person to place any electioneering sign on the premises that is attached to [a] “T” style post(s), as such post may damage underground utility lines.
  • It is an offense for any person to place more than three (3) electioneering signs on any one side of the premises adjacent to a public right-of-way.
  • In addition to imposing any criminal penalty, electioneering sign(s) located in violation of this section may be removed and disposed of by the city.
  • The authority to conduct electioneering on city-owned or – controlled property under this article is limited to the premises where the voting is conducted and only for the voting period.

(b)     The regulations set forth in subsection (a) above shall not apply to any city-authorized signs, materials, or other messages on city­ owned or -controlled property.

Regulation of electioneering signs, specifications, design and other requirements

(a)     It is an offense for any person to attach, place or otherwise affix any electioneering sign, literature or material to any building, tree, shrub, pole or other improvement on city-owned or –controlled property at any time, except as required by Texas Election Code §61.03 or §85.036.

(b)     Electioneering signs are allowed on private real property only with the consent of the property owner. No permit is required in accordance with Texas Local Government Code §216.903, provided that: (1) the sign shall not have an area greater than thirty-six (36) square feet; (2) the sign shall not be more than eight (8) feet in height; (3) the sign shall not be illuminated or projected; and (4) the sign shall not have any moving parts.

(c)     Electioneering signs shall not be placed on or within ten (10) feet of the public right-of-way or the curb, whichever is further.

(d)     Electioneering signs shall not be located on any utility, light, traffic signal or sign pole

(e)     Electioneering signs shall not be placed in any location that obstructs vision for traffic.

(f)     In addition to imposing any criminal penalty, electioneering sign(s) located in violation of this section may be removed and disposed of by the city.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the signature requirement and candidate filing fee to run for the Mayor or City Council Member seats?

The City of Humble has no signature requirement or candidate filing fee to run for any elected position.

When will the election packet be made available to the public?

The election packet will be posted to this election page in January of each election year.

How do I get my name on the ballot?

File with the City Secretary the Application for Place on the ___ General Election Ballot during the filing period.

What places will be on the ballot and how long are the terms?

The terms of office for Mayor, Council Member Place No. One, and Council Member Place No. Two shall commence in odd numbered calendar years.

The terms of office for Council Member Place No. Three, Council Member Place No. Four, and Council Member Place No. Five shall commence in even numbered calendar years.

The terms of office of all elected officers shall be for a period of two years, or until their successors are duly qualified.

Are the different council places related to physical locations? Do I have to live in a certain area of the city to run in a specific place?

No, all the places are at-large meaning anywhere within the municipal boundaries of the City of Humble.
View the City of Humble GIS map from here.

How would I know if I am a resident of the City of Humble?

As the Humble Post Office services a large area, you may have a “Humble” address and not live within the municipal boundaries of the City of Humble. To verify, you may access the Harris County Appraisal District webpage, select “Search By Address” from this page, and search your address to determine if the “City of Humble” is listed under the “Jurisdictions” section.

If so, you are a City of Humble resident, paying municipal taxes, and eligible to submit your application for the Mayoral or City Council seats as long as you meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the Texas Election Code and the City of Humble Charter.

If the City of Humble is not listed under the “Jurisdictions” section on the HCAD Property Quick Search, you are not paying municipal taxes to the City of Humble and your application will be rejected by the City Secretary as it will not meet the residency requirements to run for a municipal elected position.

To whom do I file my candidate application to?

You may submit your candidate application to the City Secretary using one of the following methods during the filing period for the May uniform election date:

• In person: City of Humble City Hall, 114 W. Higgins St., Humble, Texas, between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

• Email: elections@cityofhumble.net

• By mail to: City of Humble, Attention Maria Jackson, 114 W. Higgins St., Humble, Texas 77338

When can I file my candidate application? 

The notice of deadline to file applications for a place on the ballot will be posted to this election page each December with the January through February filing dates and times.  The Secretary of State’s important dates may also be accessed from here.

How often does council meet, where, and what time?

ARTICLE II. – THE CITY COUNCIL AND THEIR ELECTION
Section 7. – Meetings and compensation of mayor and councilmembers
The city council shall hold at least one regular monthly meeting and the mayor or three councilmembers may call as many special meetings as may be necessary to attend to the municipal business.

City Council regular council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. They are normally held at the City of Humble City Hall in the Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m. There are several times during the year that special council meetings are held, usually on an as-needed basis.

Do the members of City Council get paid for their service?

Each council member and the mayor shall receive for his or her services a salary of three hundred dollars ($300.00) per month.

What are the powers of Mayor and City Council?

The mayor shall preside at meetings of the city council and shall be entitled to vote on all matters considered by the council. The mayor shall exercise such other powers and perform such other duties as are or may be conferred and imposed by this charter and the ordinances of the city. The mayor shall be recognized as the head of the city government for all ceremonial purposes, by the courts for civic process, and by the government for purposes of military law. In times of public danger or emergency, the mayor shall take command of the police, maintain order and enforce the law. If a vacancy occurs in the office of mayor or in the case of the mayor’s absence or disability, the mayor pro tem shall act as mayor until a successor is elected or appointed and has qualified.

At the first meeting of each new council, or as soon thereafter as practicable, one of the councilmembers shall be elected mayor pro tempore, who shall hold such office for one year. In case of the failure, inability, or refusal of the mayor to act, the mayor pro tempore shall perform the duties of the mayor. When serving as the presiding officer at city council meetings, the mayor pro tempore shall have the same rights and privileges as provided for the mayor in the charter. In the case of absence from the city or the failure, inability, or refusal of both the mayor and mayor pro tempore to perform the duties of mayor, the city council may, at a council meeting, by a vote of three affirmative votes, elect an acting mayor pro tempore, who shall serve as mayor with all the power and privileges of mayor until either the mayor or mayor pro tempore shall resume the duties of such office.

All powers of the city and the determination of all matters of policy shall be vested in the city council[,] which shall execute the laws of the city. Without limitation of the foregoing and among the powers that may be exercised by the council, the following are hereby enumerated for greater certainty.

(1) Establish administrative departments and distribute the work of each.

(2) Adopt budget of the city.

(3) Inquire into the conduct of any officer, department, or agency of the city and make investigations as to municipal affairs and authorize the correction of irregularities.

(4) Adopt plats.

(5) Adopt and modify the official map of the city.

(6) May provide for the establishment and designation of fire limits and to prescribe the kind of [sic] character of buildings or structures or improvements to be erected therein, and to provide for the erection of fireproof buildings within certain limits, and to provide for the condemnation of dangerous structures or buildings or dilapidated buildings calculated to increase the fire hazard and the manner of their removal or destruction.

What are the duties of the Mayor and City Council?

Members have a duty to vote on every question decided at Council meetings.
Members have a right to speak, make motions, introduce new ordinances, and amend existing ordinances when recognized by the Mayor.
Members should attend all meetings and are expected to be on time.
Members should be prepared and should read the agenda packet prior to the meeting
Members should be committed to being fair, unbiased, and open-minded.
Members should be involved and visible in the community and its activities.
Members are expected to be courteous to each other and to the staff.
Staff sees Council as a singular body –not plural. Councilmembers have no individual authority.

When may candidate political signs be posted and removed throughout the City of Humble?

It is an offense for any person to leave any electioneering sign or literature on city-owned or -controlled property that is used as a polling place other than during the period beginning at 6:00 p.m. before the voting period begins and ending forty-eight (48) hours after the voting period ends.

In the event there is a runoff election, the runoff election candidates’ political signs may continue to stay posted and must be removed no later than forty-eight (48) hours after the voting period ends for the runoff election.

Where can citizens report concerns about signage?

Political Sign placement concerns must be reported to the City’s Code Enforcement Division at 281-446-3061. The City Secretary’s Office will not report political sign placement concerns to the City’s Code Enforcement Division. Should you have political sign placement concerns, will be responsible for notifying the City’s Code Enforcement Division.

Political Sign wording concerns must be directed to the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) at (512) 463-5800, or online at www.ethics.state.tx.us.

Historical City Elections

Year / Año / Năm /年Ordinance Canvassing Election Returns / Ordenanza de escrutinio de resultados electorales / Thông báo kết quả bầu cử chính thức / 公佈正式選舉結果
2022Ordinance No. 22-933
Ordenanza Nro. 22-933
SẮC LỆNH SỐ 22-933
第22-933號法令

Questions?

Please watch this webpage for updates and additional information as it becomes available. If you have questions, please contact the City Secretary, Maria Jackson, at elections@cityofhumble.net or call 281-446-3061.