Sunday, September 26, 2021

2020 Election Quick Tips

Before you head to the polls, cross these items off your list! 

For more about the 2020 Elections, visit CityofSouthlake.com/2020Elections. 

2020 Elections Guide

Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day. If you’re voting on election day, voting hours are 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Don’t forget to bring your photo ID with you to vote. Here’s a list of acceptable forms of photo ID. Remember, when going to the polls, leave your campaign and political clothing and buttons at home. No electioneering is allowed while at the polls.

 

COVID-19 and Voting at Town Hall

Voting at Town Hall will be a little different this year than previous years. Tarrant County and the City of Southlake are coordinating our efforts to keep voters safe and comply with CDC guidelines. Tarrant County is managing protocols for voter safety while voting such as cleaning machines and the use of hand sanitizer.

Voters are encouraged to wear a mask or face covering while inside Town Hall waiting to vote and while voting. Voters are also required to maintain a physical distance of six feet from people not in their immediate household. Floor markers will be installed to help guide voters while waiting in line. Hand sanitizing stations and masks are available throughout Southlake Town Hall. Town Hall will be thoroughly cleaned each day after voting hours end.

 

Voting Locations

Voters in Tarrant County can vote anywhere in Tarrant County, including at Southlake Town Hall during early voting or on election day. Find a location to vote near your work or home by viewing the Tarrant County Early Voting Locations List.

For Denton County residents who plan to vote during early voting, view the Denton County Early Voting Locations List. For those who plan to vote on November 3, view the Denton County Election Day Polling Sites.

 

Early Voting Information

Early voting days and hours are as follows:

Tarrant County

Dates Days Times
October 13 – 17 Tuesday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
October 19 – 23 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
October 24 Saturday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
October 25 Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
October 26 – 30 Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Denton County

Dates Days Times
October 13 – 17 Tuesday – Saturday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
October 18 Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
October 19 – 24 Monday – Saturday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
October 25 Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
October 26 – 30 Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Mail In Ballots

Visit the Tarrant County Election Board’s website for information about requesting and submitting a mail in ballot for voters in Tarrant County.

Visit the Denton County Election Board’s website for information on requesting and submitting a mail in ballot for voters in Denton County.

 

Ballot Information

Beginning September 1, Texas House Bill 25 eliminated straight-party voting.

Voters in Tarrant County can view what is on the ballot by viewing the Tarrant County Sample Ballot page and entering their voter information.

Voters in Denton County can view what is on the ballot by viewing the Denton County Sample Ballot page and entering their voter information.

 

City of Southlake Candidates

View the Southlake City Council candidates for Place 1 and Place 6.

 

Parking at Town Hall

Parking spaces located on the north side of Southlake Town Hall have been designated as voter parking. Additional parking is available around Town Square and in both parking garages.

Two parking spaces are designated for people with mobility issues for curbside voting accommodations. If you are disabled and in need of voting assistance and would like to select to vote curbside, park in one of the parking spaces off of Grand Avenue notated on the map below and call the phone number on the sign in front of the parking space.

 

 

For more information about the 2020 Elections, visit CityofSouthlake.com/2020Elections.

What You Need To Know This Tax Season

In the next 7-10 days, property tax valuations for Southlake homeowners will arrive by mail from Tarrant and Denton Counties.  And because of all the change due to the COVID-19 social distancing orders, there are also adjustments to this year’s Tarrant and Denton County protest processes.

For Denton County homeowners, the appraisal notice will be mailed by April 29. For Tarrant County residents, notices are scheduled to be sent on May 1.

“For FY 2020, the City reduced the tax rate by 3.7 cents for a valuation of $.041 per $100,” said Sharen Jackson, Southlake’s Chief Financial Officer. “Homeowners also need to make sure their 20% homestead exemption is in place and, if applicable, the senior tax freeze, and an over 65/disability exemption of $75,000.”

Exemptions At Work

To apply for your exemptions, follow these simple steps.

Infographic showing steps to obtain a homestead exemption

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CFO Jackson also said that the 20% homestead exemption for an average valued Southlake home ($740k) reduces the taxable value by $148k, an average a savings of $607.

For FY 2020, the tax rate went from $0.447 to $0.41, which results in additional savings of $222 for homeowners. Most of the rate ($.33) supports general city operations. The other portion of ($.08) pays down on debt that the City has issued to build public infrastructures such as roads, sidewalks, and public facilities. The City tax rate constitutes about 15% of the total tax levy in Southlake (depending on the school district).

Protest Information

Because of current social distancing guidelines, each appraisal district will handle protests differently this year. Both appraisal districts are encouraging residents to use their online protest systems and to create a user profile on the appropriate appraisal site.

If you live in Denton County, click here for Denton Central Appraisal District protest procedures. Denton County residents can create their user profile by using their Google, Facebook, or Twitter account. For more information, visit https://www.dentoncad.com/protestfaqs. The deadline to file a protest with Denton County is 30 days after the postmark on your appraisal notice.

The Tarrant Appraisal District has pulled together a news and FAQ page for property owners. They also advise taxpayers who are preparing to protest to activate their TAD.org online account now. The deadline to file a protest with Tarrant County is  June 1, 2020, or 30 days from the mail date listed on the notice, whichever is later.

If you have any questions, please call us at (817) 748-8042. If you prefer to contact your appraisal district directly, the numbers are below.

Tarrant County Appraisal District

2500 Handley Ederville Road

Fort Worth, TX 76118

(817) 284-0024

Denton Central Appraisal District

3911 Morse Street

Denton, TX 76202

(940) 349-3800

For more information about the City’s tax rate, please visit www.CityofSouthlake.com/TaxInformation

Partnerships at Work – Tarrant and Denton Counties

When it comes to partnerships, Tarrant and Denton Counties have a long history of working with Southlake for the greater good, which is why collaborating on the election process is a win!

Our partnerships helps the City keep costs down by sharing expenses with other municipalities and allow better governance during the election process.

All elections are handled through their respective election administrators, who manage and coordinate the election process with election judges and clerks. They also hire, train and supervise election staff, supply voting equipment, provide office supplies and place state postings.

Another major benefit to the partnerships is that both the City and County staff members share expertise and knowledge about the laws, procedures, practices, documentation and equipment, which allows the policies to be clear and adaptable and priorities consistent across the board. These partnerships also provide an alternative method of service delivery to our citizens by streamlining an efficient election process, whether that be municipal, county, state, federal, school district, general or special elections.

By strategically partnering with agencies and organizations like these, our City can continue to move forward and elevate our community.

In the Know – Locations for Voters in Southlake

With City Council elections right around the corner, it is important to know where to go vote. Did you know that some Southlake residents are required to vote in Denton County? Yes, that’s right, while we all share the same beautiful landscape of what we call Southlake, some residents vote in Tarrant County and others have to vote in Denton County.

If you are registered to vote in Tarrant County, your voting precinct is at Carroll High School located at 800 N. White Chapel Boulevard. If you are registered to vote in Denton County, your voting precinct is in the Town of Trophy Club located at 1 Trophy Wood Drive.

Precinct numbers can be found on your voter registration cards or by clicking here to find your number and voting location. Be sure to find your precinct number and match the zip code to the voting location.

Precinct # Voting Location Address
3039, 3359, 3470,3526, 3529, 3538,3542, 3545, 3558, 3579 and 3626 as specified by Tarrant County Carroll High School 800 N. White Chapel Blvd.
Southlake, TX 76092
4030 as specified by Denton County Town of Trophy Club 1 Trophy Club Wood Drive
Trophy Club, TX 76262

 

If you would like to vote early, Early Voting is set to take place on April 22 – April 30 at the following times and locations:

Tarrant County Voters:

Tarrant County Elections Center
2700 Premier Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76111

Southlake Town Hall
1400 Main St.
Southlake, TX 76092

April 22, 2019 – April 26, 2019      8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
April 27, 2019                                  7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
April 28, 2019                                 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
April 29, 2019 – April 30, 2019      7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Denton County Voters: 

Denton County Elections Center
701 Kimberly Drive
Denton, Texas 76208

Town of Trophy Club
1 Trophy Wood Drive
Trophy Club, TX 76262

April 22, 2019 – April 26, 2019      8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
April 27, 2019                                  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
April 29, 2019 – April 30, 2019      7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

If you would like to vote by mail, please send in your ballots to the following:

Tarrant County – Early Voting Clerk
2700 Premier Street
Fort Worth, TX 76111
or email: votebymail@tarrantycounty.com

Denton County – Early Voting Clerk
701 Kimberly Drive
Denton, TX 76208
or email: elections@dentoncounty.com

All ballots must be mailed in by April 23. For more information on voting in Southlake, please contact the City’s Secretary’s office at 817-748-8183 or visit us online.

Early Voting and Election Day for Place 6 Information

Early voting began August 23 and will continue through September 5, and Election Day is scheduled for September 9.  Find information on where and when you can vote below.

Early Voting:  August 23 – September 5

Early voting will be conducted at Town Hall, in the 3rd floor training rooms, for BOTH Tarrant and Denton County Southlake residents.

August 23 – 25 (Wed, Thurs, Fri)               8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
August 26 – 27 (Sat, Sun)                             Closed
August 28 -31 (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs)   8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
September 1 (Fri)                                           7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
September 2 (Sat)                                          7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
September 3 (Sun)                                         Closed
September 4 (Mon)                                       Closed for Labor Day
September 5 (Tues)                                       7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Election Day:  Saturday, September 9, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM

Election Day voting will be conducted at Town Hall, in the 3rd floor training rooms, for BOTH Tarrant and Denton County Southlake residents. 

Apply for Ballot by Mail (Absentee Ballot)

Election Day is several weeks away, but there are a few things you can do now to make sure your voice is heard.

If you know you are going to be out of town during both the early voting period and on election day, or if you are 65 years of age or older, you are eligible to request a Ballot by Mail (Absentee Ballot) from the County Elections Administrator for the county in which you live.

Tarrant County voters, please access the Tarrant County Elections website for more information.  Click here to access the Official Application for Ballot by Mail Form.  August 29th is the deadline to submit an application by mail, fax to 817-831-6118, or email to votebymail@tarrantcounty.com.

Denton County voters, please access the Denton County Elections website for more information.  Click here to access the Official Application for Ballot by Mail Form.  August 29th is the deadline to submit an application by mail, fax to 940-349-3201, or email to elections@dentoncounty.com.

Remember – vote early! Early voting began August 23 and will continue through September 5. Both Tarrant County and Denton County voters can vote in Southlake Town Hall during the period of early voting and on election day.

Please contact the City Secretary’s Office with any election questions at 817-748-8183 or visit our elections page.

Three Candidates File for Special Election

The City Council candidates, and the date is set for the upcoming special election.

The election will take place September 9th with three candidates vying for the Place 6 seat.  Here’s how they will appear on the ballot:

  • Shauna Newman
  • Christopher Archer
  • Stephen (Steve) Luhrs

Visit the City’s Candidate Information page for each candidate’s filing information.

Denton County Residents needed as Poll workers

The City is in need of three volunteers to serve as Denton County Election Poll Workers for the September 9th Special Election.  Please consider serving the community and taking part in the election process.

To be eligible for this unique opportunity, you must meet these specific requirements:

  • Must be a Denton County registered voter who lives in Southlake, and
  • Must be available during the early voting period (August 23 – September 5) and/or on Election Day (September 9), and
  • Cannot be an elected official or be employed by an elected official.

You will be paid for your service, as follows:

  • During early voting, the lead clerk will get $10/hour and secondary clerks will get $9/hour,
  • On Election Day, the presiding judge will get $11/hour, alternate judge $10/hour, and clerks $9/hour.
  • For more information, please contact the City Secretary’s Office at 817-748-8183.
  • We appreciate your time and assistance!

Early voting takes place August 23-September 5th.  For more information about the election, please visit CityofSouthlake.com/Elections

2016 Texas Primary Election Runoff May 24

Early voting for the Primary Runoff Elections begins May 16 and ends May 20 with Election Day being Tuesday, May 24.

As a reminder, Texans who voted in the Democratic Primary Election may vote in the Democratic Primary Run-off. Texans who voted in the Republican Primary Election may vote in the Republican Primary Run-off. Texans who did not vote in the March 1 Primary Election may vote in either party’s run-off.

The early voting polling locations and hours vary by County so please click on the appropriate link to view the early voting schedules.

Tarrant County Early Voting Schedule            Denton County Early Voting Schedule 

Southlake Town Hall is a Republican and Democratic polling location for Tarrant County residents.

On Election Day, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, registered voters must go to their precinct polling location between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tarrant County – Election Day precinct polling locations
Denton County – Election Day precinct locations – voter look-up link

The City’s election webpage also has links to both Denton County and Tarrant County Elections Administration.

Please don’t ever hesitate to contact the Southlake City Secretary’s Office with any questions – 817-748-8183.

Denton County Releases Aerial Spraying Results

September 19, 2012 –  Several of the communities with the highest incidence rates in Denton County experienced the most dramatic reductions in mosquitoes as a result of aerial spraying. Spraying was conducted by state contractor Clarke in portions of Denton County from August 31 to September 2. The full report can be found here.

The number of new cases of West Nile virus has decreased substantially since aerial spraying; however, it is premature to conclude that these results are solely attributable to aerial spraying. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will release a comprehensive regional report on this year’s West Nile virus season in the fall.

It is important to remember that aerial spraying is one piece of a WNV control program. Ground spraying, larviciding, education, and personal protection are also vital aspects to prevention of this illness, and must continue throughout the remainder of West Nile virus season. Please visit the DCHD West Nile virus website (www.dentoncounty.com/heart/wnv), or call the West Nile virus hotline (940-349-2907) for more details about symptoms, prevention tips, county-wide  contacts, reducing mosquitoes around your home, and disease statistics.