A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF TIOGA, TEXAS POSTPONING A GENERAL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON MAY 2, 2020 AND MOVING IT TO NOVEMBER 3, 2020 FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING CITY COUNCIL PLACE 1, CITY COUNCIL PLACE 3 AND CITY COUNCIL PLACE 5; MAKING FINDS THERETO; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
WHEREAS, the Noval Coronasvirus (COVID-19) pandemic is still a fluid situation with an unknown outcome: and
WHEREAS, there are both Federal and State Guidelines regarding prevention of this disease, the City is taking measures to try and prevent the spread of the COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Texas, Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation suspending Section 41.0052(a) and (b) of the Texas Election Code and Section 49.103 of the Texas Water Code to the extent necessary to allow political subdivisions that would otherwise hold elections on May 2, 2020, to move their general and special elections for 2020 only to the next uniform election date, occurring on November 3, 2020, without otherwise adjusting the term of office, and suspending Sections 31.093 and 42.0621(c) of the Texas Election Code to the extent necessary to require all county election officers, if requested by an affected political subdivision, to enter into a contract to furnish election services with any political subdivision who postponed their election to November 3, 2020; and
WHEREAS, Grayson County, as most other jurisdictions, is currently under a disaster declaration that has an unknown ending date; and
WHEREAS, the pandemic has caused the availability of sanitation supplies (to ensure the safety of the voters and election workers) to become almost nonexistent.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TIOGA, TEXAS:
1. That the City Council is hereby postponing the May 2, 2020 General Election until November 3, 2020.
2. That this resolution shall be effective from and after its date of passage.
ADOPTED AND APPROVED on this 23rd day of March, 2020 by a vote of the City Council of the City of Tioga, Texas.
City elections are conducted in accordance with the Texas Election Code and held annually on the first Saturday in May. The City of Tioga contracts election services through Grayson County Election Administration. The City of Tioga will hold a General Election on Saturday, May 2, 2020. In this election, candidates will be elected to fill the office of City Council Places 1, 3, and 5 for a term of two years.
(Note: Filings are posted in the order they are filed with the City Secretary)
CANDIDATE(S) FOR PLACE 1
Kurt A. Hall (filing date 1/27/2020)
CANDIDATE(S) FOR PLACE 3
Lori Robinson (filing date 2/12/2020)
CANDIDATE(S) FOR PLACE 5
Patrick Coyle (filing date 2/5/2020)
Heather Nesmith (filing date 2/14/2020)
NOTICE OF VOTING ORDER PRIORITY
Pursuant to Section 63.0013, Election Code:
An election officer may give voting order priority to individuals with a mobility problem that substantially impairs the person’s ability to move around.
• A person assisting an individual with a mobility problem may also, at the individual’s request, be given voting order priority.
• Disabilities and conditions that may qualify you for voting order priority include paralysis, lung disease, the use of portable oxygen, cardiac deficiency, severe limitation in the ability to walk due to arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition, wheelchair confinement, arthritis, foot disorder, the inability to walk 200 feet without stopping to rest, or use of a brace, cane, crutch, or other assistive device.
• Voters who wish to be given voting order priority, and be accepted for voting before others in line to vote at that polling place, may indicate this to any election officer serving at the polling place. The presiding election judge will determine whether the voter and the voter’s assistant, if applicable, will be brought forward to the front of the line.
AVISO de PRIORIDAD de ORDEN de VOTACIÓN
De conformidad con la Sección 63.0013, Código Electoral:
Un oficial de elecciones puede dar prioridad de orden de votación a individuos con un problema de movilidad que dificulta sustancialmente la capacidad de la persona para moverse.
• Una persona que asiste a un individuo con un problema de movilidad también puede, a petición del individuo, ser dado prioridad en el orden de votación.
• Discapacidades y condiciones que pueden calificarle para prioridad de orden de votación incluyen parálisis, enfermedad pulmonary, el uso de oxigeno portátil, deficiencia cardiaca, limitación severa en la habilidad para caminar debido a condiciones artríticas, neurológicas u ortopédicas, confinamiento de silla de ruedas, artritis, trastorno de pie, la incapacidad para caminar 200 pies sin parar para descansar, o el uso de una abrazadera, bastón, muleta u otro dispositivo de ayuda.
• Votantes que desean recibir prioridad de orden de votación, y ser aceptados para votar antes que otros en la fila para votar en el lugar de votación, pueden indicar esto a cualquier funcionario de elecciones que prestan servicios en el lugar de votación. El juez presidente de elecciones determinará si el votante y el asistente del votante, si es aplicable, serán adelantado al frente de la línea.
City elections are conducted in accordance with the Texas Election Code and held annually on the first Saturday in May. The City of Tioga contracts election services through Grayson County Election Administration. The City of Tioga will hold a General Election on Saturday, May 1, 2021. In this election, candidates will be elected to fill the office of Mayor and City Council Places 2 and 4 for terms of two years.
(Note: Filings are posted in the order they are filed with the City Secretary)
In the city’s general election, the filing period begins on the 108th day before election day and ends at 5:00 pm on the 78th day before election day. Applications for a place on the ballot must be filed with the City Secretary during the filing period for the election. The forms may be found on the Secretary of State website with additional forms on the Texas Ethics Commission website. Voter registration information and polling locations and times can be found on the Grayson County website.
A Campaign Treasurer must be designated and Form CTA filed with the City Secretary before any contribution is accepted or any expenditure is made. The Texas Ethics Commission generates the CTA form and instructions and the City Secretary’s Office maintains a supply of these forms.
Contributions and Expenditures
Title 15 of the Texas Election Code pertains to campaign contributions and expenditures. Financial reports must be completed by the candidate or the candidate’s Campaign Treasurer (signed only by the candidate), and filed with the City Secretary. Campaign reports are public information; and the media, opponents and the general public may review the reports.
Campaign Filing Schedule (under normal Election cycle)
Due 30th day before Election
Due 8th day before Election
Final Report – May be filed at any time after the Election
If a final report is not filed, Semi-Annual Reports will be due each year on January 15 and July 15
Qualifications for Office
In accordance with standard eligibility requirements for a city office, a candidate 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:
(A) totally mentally incapacitated; or
(B) 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 deadline for the deadline for filing an application for a place on the ballot.
6. Be a registered voter in the territory from which the office is elected as of the date of the filing deadline for a candidate’s place on the ballot.
If you have any questions please contact the City Secretary at 940-437-2351.