Election Day is just a few weeks away, but there are a few things you can do now to make sure your voice is heard.
First, make sure you are registered to vote. The last day to register was October 11th. If you have any questions regarding voter registration or missed the deadline, please contact your county’s election office. If you live in Tarrant County, please contact the Tarrant County Elections Office at (817) 831-8683. If you live in Denton County, please contact the Denton County Elections Office at (940) 349-3200.
Second, know what’s going to be on the ballot. We are all hearing a lot about the Presidential election but there are many other Federal, State, and Local positions on the ballot. In fact, it is about three pages in length! You can view a sample ballot for Tarrant County here. If you are registered to vote in Denton County, you will need to enter your voter ID or your date of birth here in order to view the sample ballot for Denton County.
Third, vote early! “Early voting starts on October 24th. If the primaries are any indication of voter turnout, Town Hall is going to be very busy during election season,” said City Secretary Lori Payne.
Payne notes that early voting continues until November 4th. In Tarrant County, the hours are: October 24 – 28: 8:00am to 5:00pm; October 29: 7:00am to 7:00pm; October 30: 11:00am to 4:00pm; and October 31 through November 4: 7:00am to 7:00pm. Also, note that Tarrant County registered voters can vote right here in Town Hall.
In Denton County, she indicated that Southlake’s registered voters can vote at the Roanoke Library located at 308 South Walnut and the hours are October 24 – 28: 8:00am to 5:00pm; October 29: 7:00am to 7:00pm; October 30: 1:00 – 6:00pm; and October 31 through November 4: 7:00am to 7:00pm.
Finally, if you can’t early vote, make time to vote on Election Day, November 8th. “On this day people must vote at their designated precinct location,” Payne added. “We can help any DFW voter find their precinct, just give us a call, we are happy to help.”
For more information on voter registration or the upcoming contact the City Secretary Office at (817) 748-8183. Also, the City’s election webpage also has links to both Denton County and Tarrant County Elections Administration.
The City Council candidates are set for the May 7 General Election. Only one application was received for each available place and no declarations of write-in candidacy.
As such, the city has an uncontested election. The unopposed candidates are:
As allowed by law, on March 1, there will be agenda items for City Council’s consideration to declare each unopposed candidate elected to office and to cancel the election.
The unopposed candidates will be issued their certificates of election and will be sworn into office in May 2016.
Staff will establish a ceremony date to issue the oaths of office and certificates of election sometime following what would have been the election date of May 7, 2016.
If you have questions about this election or any other election, please call the City Secretary’s Office at 817-748-8183.