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May 1, 2021 General Election

The next General Election will be on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Florence City Hall, located at 106 South Patterson, Florence, Texas 76527. Filing for a place on the ballot is set by state statute and will run from January 13- February 12, 2021. Find additional election-related dates and information at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/index.shtml (posted in accordance with Tx. Legis. H.B. 305, effective September 1, 2019).

Filing requirements are per state statute, available at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/index.shtml
Voter Registration Requirements for Candidates (House Bill 484) Frequently Asked Questions
https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/laws/hb484-faq.shtml

The May 1, 2021, Election is to elect, at-large, three  City Council seats. Candidate information and packets will be available at the City Secretary’ s Office located in City Hall at 106 South Patterson, Florence.  For more information, contact the City Secretary at 254-793-2490 x 100 or acrane@florencetex.com.

Election Schedule

  • January 1 – First day to apply for a ballot by mail
  • January 13 – First day to file for a place on the General Election ballot
  • February 12 – Last day to file for a place on the General Election ballot
  • April 1 – Last day to register to vote
  • April 19 – First day of early voting; Last day to apply for ballot by mail
  • April 27 – Last day of early voting
  • May 1 – Election Day
  • June 12 – Runoff election date (if necessary)

First Steps for Candidates Running for City Office Guide

Notice of deadline to file applications for place on ballot May 1, 2021

Public Notice of deadline to file write-in candidacy- May 1, 2021

Public Notice for Order of Names on the Ballot Drawing-

Order of Election- May 1, 2021

Qualifications for Type A City
“No Debt-Owed to City”

Mayor
*Have been a resident of Texas for at least 12 months as of the deadline for filing for the office;
*Have resided in the city for at least 12 months preceding election day;
*Be 18 years of age or older upon the commencement of the term to be filled at the election;
*Have a current voter registration certificate;
*Be a United States Citizen;
*Not have been convicted of a felony for which he or she has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities; and
*Not have been deemed mentally incompetent by a final judgment of a court.

Texas Election Code Section 141.00; Local Government Code Section 22.032

City Council
*Have been a resident of Texas for at least 12 months as of the deadline for filing for the office;
*Have resided in the city for at least 6 months preceding election day;
*Be 18 years of age or older upon the commencement of the term to be filled at the election;
*Have a current voter registration certificate;
*Be a United States Citizen;
*Not have been convicted of a felony for which he or she has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities; and
*Not have been deemed mentally incompetent by a final judgment of a court

Texas Election Code Section 141.001; Local Government Code Section 23.024

Please make special note of the next two paragraphs of information.

Title 15 of the Texas Election Code pertains to campaign contributions and expenditures.  Financial reports (forms included as referenced above) must be completed by the candidate’s campaign treasurer (but signed only by the candidate) and filed in my office.  I can not over emphasize the importance of adhering to the financial reporting procedures.  Campaign reports are considered open records and will be viewed as such by reporters and opponents alike.  Should you have any questions regarding the reporting procedures, contributions or expenditures, please call the Texas Ethics Commission, Disclosure Filings Division at 512.463.5800 for assistance or go online to www.ethics.state.tx.us. The duties of the City Secretary are limited to accepting and filing the various applications, affidavits and statements, and noting the date and time of filing thereon.

The Texas Election Law requires certain disclosures and notices on political advertising.  Please review the political advertising guide. There is no permit required for political signs; however, they do not belong on utility poles, attached to trees or between the sidewalks and the curbs (street right-of-ways).  We ask your discretion in the placing of such signs.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns or if I may be of assistance.  I can be reached at
254-793-2490 x 100 or at acrane@florencetex.com.

Sincerely,

Amy L. Crane
City Secretary