Elections


NEW: MAY 2020 ELECTION POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 2020 DUE TO COVID-19

On March 18, 2020, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott issued a Proclamation suspending Sections 41.0052(a) of the Texas Election Code to allow all local political subdivisions that are utilizing the Saturday, May 2, 2020 election date to postpone their election to the next uniform election date occurring on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Following the Proclamation, Texas Secretary of State issued Election Advisory No. 2020-12, providing the effects of the postponement and the required action needed from the governing body to move the election.


On Thursday, March 26, 2020, City Council approved Ordinance No. 20-04 moving the election scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2020 to the next uniform election occurring on Tuesday, November 2, 2020. The key effects of the postponement are:

  • Candidate Filings: By postponing the election date, the political subdivision is preserving all candidate filings and ballot order actions that have already been taken. The postponement does not have the effect of reopening candidate filings.
  • Ballot By Mail Requests: All applications for a ballot by mail (ABBMs) that were filed for the May 2, 2020 election that are marked annual would apply for the November 3, 2020 election. All single use ABBMs that were submitted for reasons of age or disability would still be valid for the November 3, 2020 election. If a single use ABBM was submitted and indicated the reason for voting by mail was due to absence from the county, this ABBM would not be valid as the applicable election date has changed.
  • Holdovers in Public Office: Under Art. XVI, Sec. 17 of the Texas Constitution, the individuals who currently hold public offices that are scheduled to be on the ballot on the May uniform election date will continue to exercise the duties of those offices until the new officers take their oaths of office, following the November uniform election date.
  • Campaign Finance Filings: Please contact the Texas Ethics Commission for further guidance on how these modified timelines will affect any campaign finance reporting requirements. Their office can be reached at (512) 463-5800.



CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS (TYPE A CITY - LOCAL GOVT CODE § 22.032):

* Mayor: 1 year in state prior to the filing deadline; 1 year in city prior to election day; age requirement of 18; Must be a registered voter in territory elected from by the filing deadline; Must meet eligibility requirements as prescribed by Election Code § 141.001 (a).

* Council Member: 1 year in state prior to filing deadline; 6 months in the city prior to filing deadline; age requirement of 18; Must be a registered voter in territory elected from by the filing deadline; Must meet eligibility requirements as prescribed by Election Code § 141.001 (a).



THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS WILL BE POSTED AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE:

 Notice of Deadline to File Applications for Place on the Ballot

>  Notice of Drawing for Place on the Ballot

* Sample Ballot

* Vote Centers 



CANDIDATE FILINGS:

The offices open for election are Council Member Place 1, Council Member Place 2 and Council Member Place 4. Applications have been filed by the following and are listed in the order received.

Council Member Place 1          Council Member Place 2            Council Member Place 4

Alan Holmes                                Alex Blue                                      Cynthia Massey

Craig Sanders                             Linda Salazar                                Brandi Morgan



IMPORTANT ELECTION RESOURCES:

>  How to Use the New Voting Machines Coming to Bexar County in November 2019

>  Bexar County Elections Department

>  Texas Secretary of State - Elections Division

>  Texas Ethics Commission

>  Vote Texas

>  City Council Page