Election 2023

Notice of Deadline to File Application (PDF)
2023 Candidate Packet (PDF)
Sample Petition in lieu of filing fee (PDF)
2023 Candidate Applications (PDF).
Absentee Voting and Ballot By Mail

Registered voters in Temple are eligible to request a ballot by mail if any of the following conditions prevents them from voting in person during Early Voting or Election Day.

  • 65 years of age or older
  • Disability
  • Expected absence from the County on Election Day and the entire period of Early Voting
  • Confinement in jail,  but otherwise eligible to vote
Ballot by Mail Applications are available here for the PDF Application or at the Bell County Elections Department located at 550 E 2nd Avenue, Belton, Texas 76655

For State/Local Elections, please mail ballot by mail applications to:
Bell County Elections Department
P O Box 1629
Belton, Texas 76513


Register to Vote online @ https://www.bellcountytx.com/departments/elections/voter_registration.php no later than 30 days prior to the Election.

Temple Charter Qualifications

(a)Each candidate for City Council must meet the eligibility requirements set forth in State law and
complete an application for office as required by State law. A copy of the application may be obtained
from the City Secretary’s office.

(b) A qualified citizen who desires to become a candidate for City office must, in addition to the
qualifications set forth in subsection (a) above, file with the City Secretary a petition signed by at least 25
qualified voters of the appropriate district in the case of a single member district Councilmember
candidate or of the City in the case of a candidate for Mayor, recommending candidacy or pay a filing fee
of $100.00. The petition or filing fee must be filed with the City Secretary at the time of filing for candidacy.
Each signer of a petition for candidacy must indicate his voter registration number or date of birth, date
of signing and place of residence on the petition. Within five days after the petition is filed, the City
Secretary must notify the candidate whether the petition satisfies the requirements prescribed by this
Charter. If the petition is found insufficient, the City Secretary will return it immediately to the person
who filed it with a statement certifying its insufficiency. Within the regular filing period, a corrected
petition may be filed for the same candidate. For a sample petition, please click here for the PDF petition. 

Texas Eligibility Requirements for Public Office

  • Citizen of the United States
  • 18 years old
  • Have not been determined mentally incompetent by a final judgment in court
  • No felony convictions
  • Resided in state continuously for previous 12 months
  • Must satisfy any other eligibility requirements prescribed by law for this office