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What's on the ballot in Jefferson County?

Candidates in the May 1 election include the Beaumont mayor and city council.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Texas — Voters in Jefferson County have a handful of municipal and school board elections including the mayoral race in Beaumont to vote on in Beaumont and Port Arthur. 

On Election day, May 1, polls open at 7 a.m. and will stay open until 7 p.m. Anyone in line by 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

Here's everything you need to know before you head to the polls!

What you need to bring to vote

In Texas, you need one of these to cast your vote                                  

  • Your DPS driver license 
  • Personal ID issued by DPS
  • Texas Election ID certificate
  • Texas handgun license issued by DPS
  • Military ID card with photo
  • U.S. Passport with photo
  • U.S. citizenship certificate with photo

See photos of the above examples here

RELATED: What you need to bring with you to the polls in Texas

Polling locations

There are 40 locations across Jefferson County for you to cast your ballot on Election Day. Registered voters in Jefferson County can vote at any location. 

LIST: Here are the poling locations for May 1

What's on the ballot

Here's a link to the May 1 sample ballot

Beaumont Independent School District

  • Trustee, District 1
    • Joe Evans
  • Trustee, District 2
    • Stacey Lewis, Jr.
    • Kenneth C. Grimes, Sr.
    • Trustee, District 3
    • Woodrow Reece, II
  • Trustee, District 5
    • Tillie Hickman

City of Beaumont

  • Mayor
    • W.L. Pate, Jr.
    • Lashon D. Proctor
    • Roy West
    • Robin Donatta Mouton
    • Biguita "BIG" Hernandez-Smith
  • Councilmember At-Large
    • Elias Ibarra
    • Taher Quraishi
    • Albert "A.J." Turner
    • Randy Feldschau
    • Brian Nepveux
    • James Daryl Eller, Jr.
  • Councilmember Ward I
    • Taylor S. Neild, Sr
  • Councilmember Ward II
    • Mike Getz
    • Miles Haynes
    • Alfred Dean
  • Councilmember Ward III
    • Robert E. Walker, Jr.
    • Audwin M. Samuel
  • Councilmember Ward IV
    • Brandon Johnson
    • Charles "Chris" Durio
    • Kevin W. Reece

RELATED: Understanding the 16 proposed Beaumont city charter amendments in the May 1 election

City of Beaumont Proposition A

Shall Article I, Sec. 3 of the Charter of the City of Beaumont be amended to clarify that the metes and bounds description may be adjusted from time to time by properly adopted ordinances of the City Council of Beaumont?

City of Beaumont Proposition B

Shall Article I, Sec. 4 of the Charter of the City of Beaumont be amended to amend the caption and repeal Subsections (a) and (b) to remove the methods of annexation by ordinance or petition and defer to the manner and form of annexation as authorized by the general laws of the State of Texas?

City of Beaumont Proposition C

Shall Article III, Sec. 3 of the Charter of the City of Beaumont be amended to remove the prohibition on a person's eligibility to serve the City who is in arrears in the payment of any liability to the City?

City of Beaumont Proposition D

Shall Article III, Sec. 12 of the Charter of the City of Beaumont be amended to remove the reference to a summary auditor's report and providing for the full report to be posted on the City's website rather than in a local newspaper?

City of Beaumont Proposition E

Shall Article IV, Sec. 2 of the Charter of the City of Beaumont be amended to remove the qualification that election officials reside in the same election precinct in which they are to serve; and remove the requirement that returns are to be canvassed within five (5) days after the election and provide that returns be canvassed within the time period prescribed by the Texas Election Code?

City of Beaumont Proposition F 

Shall Article IV, Sec. 4 of the Charter of the City of Beaumont be amended to bring the Charter into compliance with the Texas Election Code as it relates to runoff elections and when all officials duly elected shall take office? 

City of Beaumont Proposition G
Shall Article VI, Sec 2 of the Charter of the City of Beaumont be amended to add language to provide for available reserves to be considered as a component of total proposed expenditures in the budget? 

City of Beaumont Proposition H 

Shall Article VI, Sec. 6 of the Charter of the City of Beaumont be amended to allow the Council to insert new items or increase or decrease items in the budget without the requirement of an additional public hearing on the budget?

RELATED: Understanding the 16 proposed Beaumont city charter amendments in the May 1 election

City of Beaumont Proposition I 

Shall Article VI, Sec. 7 of the Charter of the City of Beaumont be repealed to remove the requirement that an additional public hearing be held for the Council to insert additional items or make increases to amounts in the budget?

City of Beaumont Proposition J 

Shall Article VI, Section 8 of the Charter of the City of Beaumont be amended to bring the Charter into compliance with the Texas Tax Code as it relates to the required vote of the Council setting the tax rate? 

City of Beaumont Proposition K 

Shall Article VI, Sec. 9 of the Charter of the City of Beaumont be amended to remove the requirement that the budget be finally adopted not later than the twenty-seventh (27th) day of the last month of the fiscal year and provide that the final adoption of the budget shall be in accordance with the Texas Local Government Code? 

City of Beaumont Proposition L 

Shall Article VI, Sec. 10 of the Charter of the City of Beaumont be amended to remove the requirement that the adopted budget be filed with the County Clerk of Jefferson County, and the State Comptroller of Public Accounts in Austin and provide for the budget to instead be posted on the City's website?

City of Beaumont Proposition M 

Shall Article VI, Sec. 20 of the Charter of the City of Beaumont be amended to remove the requirement that the Capital Program be adopted on or before the 27th day of the last month of the current fiscal year and provide that the adoption of the Capital Program shall be in accordance with the Texas Local Government Code?

City of Beaumont Proposition N 

Shall Article XV, Sec. 3 of the Charter of the City of Beaumont be amended to remove the requirement that ordinances granting franchises be read at three (3) separate regular meetings of the City Council and publication for four (4) weeks in a newspaper of general circulation, and provide that the franchise shall take effect thirty (30) days after passage by the City Council and publication on the City's website?

City of Beaumont Proposition O 

Shall Article XV, Sec. 4 of the Charter of the City of Beaumont be amended by the repeal of section 4 relating to the effective date and publication exceptions applicable to the granting of side track, spur track or switching privileges granted by franchise?

City of Beaumont Proposition P 

Shall Article XVII, Sec. 11 of the Charter of the City of Beaumont be repealed to remove the prohibition on a person's qualification to hold municipal office or employment who is in arrears in the payment of taxes or other liabilities due the City?

RELATED: Understanding the 16 proposed Beaumont city charter amendments in the May 1 election

Port Arthur Independent School District 

  • Board of Trustees Full Term 3 Years
    • Debra Ambroise
    • Taylor Getwood
    • Lloyd Marie Reado Johnson
    • Yadi Cardenas
    • Brandon Bartie
    • Kimberly Wycoff
  • Board of Trustees Unexpired Term 1 Year
    • Dianne Brown
    • Joe "Mano" Escobedo

Port of Port Arthur Navigation District

  • Port of Port Arthur Navigation District, Commissioner 
    • John A. Comeaux 
    • Gerald Hatch, Sr. 
    • Mary Wycoff 
    • Norris Simon, Jr. 
    • Linda Turner Spears 
    • Charles A. Joseph

City of Port Arthur

Proposition A 

Shall the City of Port Arthur Type A Economic Development Corporation sales and use tax funds be used for enhancements at Adams Park, Rose Hill Park, and the Recreation and Senior Citizens Center pursuant to 505.152 of the Texas Local Government Code at a rate of $1,000,000 per year for a three-year period with an option to renew for up to an additional three (3) year period in the amount of $1,000,000 per year authorization if approved by a 2/3 vote of the City Council?