ELECTIONS – GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION INFORMATION

ELECTIONS – GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION INFORMATION
If you are interested in running for Mayor or City Council, we hope this information is helpful to you. If you have comments or suggestions to improve our website, please contact us:
Frances Hibbs
City Secretary
frances.hibbs@amarillo.gov
(806) 378-3014
Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 1971
Amarillo, TX 79105-1971
Liz Swearingen
Assistant City Secretary
liz.swearingen@amarillo.gov
(806) 378-3013
  Physical Address:
509 Southeast 7th Avenue, Suite 303
Amarillo, Texas 79101
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Voter Registration – Frequently Asked Questions

Municipal Election – Frequently Asked Questions


When are elections held to elect the Mayor and Members of City Council?

The City of Amarillo conducts its General Election in May every odd year. The next General Election is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2015.

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Which Offices are up for election?

The elective officers of the City consist of a Mayor and four (4) Councilmembers (the Councilmembers are designated as Councilmember Place One, Councilmember Place Two, Councilmember Place Three and Councilmember Place Four). Each is elected at-large by a majority of the registered voters within the city. All of these officers are up for election every odd year in May.

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What are the qualifications to run for Municipal Office?


Per Article V, Section 4 of the City Charter, the qualifications are as follows:

(a) The Mayor and each Councilmember shall be resident citizens of the City of Amarillo, have the qualifications of registered voters therein and shall have been a resident citizen of the City of Amarillo for a period of twelve (12) months immediately preceding such election.
(b) The Mayor, Councilmembers and other officers and employees shall not be indebted to the City; shall not hold any other public office of emolument and shall not be interested in the profits or emolument of any contracts, job, work or service for the municipality, or interested in the sale to the City of any supplies, equipment, material or articles purchased.
(c) Any officer or employee of the City who shall cease to possess any of the qualifications herein required shall forthwith forfeit office and any such contract in which any officer or employee is or may become interested may be declared void by the Council.

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What are the terms of office?

Per Article V, Section 2 of the City Charter, the term of office for all Members of the City Council elected at a General Election is two (2) years and until a successor is elected and qualified; unless sooner removed from office.

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Are there term limits?

No.

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Does the City Council receive a salary?

Yes, per Article V, Section 13 of the City Charter, the Mayor and each Councilmember receives compensation in the amount of $10.00 per week.

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How do I apply for Municipal Office?

In order to have your name appear on the ballot, an individual is required to submit an Application for a Place on the Ballot.

Note that a candidate may announce his/her intention to run for Municipal Office at any time. However, he/she can not file an Application until the designated filing period for each election.

Applications must be submitted to the Office of the City Secretary.

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Is there a fee associated with applying for Municipal Office?

At the time of filing an application for a place on the Ballot, the person shall, in addition to meeting all other requirements and qualifications, either pay an application fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00) payable to the City of Amarillo delivered to the City Secretary, or in lieu of such payment submit a petition signed by one hundred (100) registered voters of the City, verified by the City Secretary, in support of the person’s candidacy.

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Is there anything else that I need to submit?

Campaign Finance Reports are required to be filed with the City Secretary on July 15th and January 15th of each year.

Additionally, Chapter 145 of the Local Government Code requires that all Officeholders and Candidates for Municipal Office submit a Personal Financial Statement (PFS).

Pursuant to Chapter 258 of the Texas Election Code, every Candidate and Political Committee is encouraged to subscribe to the Code of Fair Campaign Practices. The Code may be filed with the Office of the City Secretary upon submission of the Campaign Treasurer Appointment.

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What if I decide to withdraw after I have submitted my Application for a Place on the Ballot?

In accordance with Section 145.001 of the Texas Election Code, a Candidate is required to submit a sworn statement in writing acknowledging his/her intent to withdraw his/her Application for a Place on the Ballot.

The Withdrawal Request is considered effective immediately upon being received in the Office of the City Secretary.

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How do I get more information about running for Municipal Office?

Candidate packets containing pertinent election information are available in the Office of the City Secretary beginning each January before a City Council Election. Packet consists of:

  • Filing Procedures
  • Important dates related to the election
  • The Application for a Place on the Ballot
  • Petition Form and number of signatures
  • State and Municipal Political Advertising Information
  • Financial Disclosure Information
  • State and Local Campaign Finance Regulations

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Voter Registration – Frequently Asked Questions


Where can I register to vote?

There are several ways in which a person can register to vote.

1. Complete a voter registration application card from the Texas Secretary of State website. Print, sign, and mail the form to your county election registrar, either:

Potter County Elections Administrator
Melynn Huntley

P. O. Box 9618, Amarillo TX 79105
(806) 379-2299 Phone
(806) 379-2249 Fax
melynnhuntley@co.potter.tx.us

Randall County Elections Administrator
Shannon Lackey
501 16th Street, Suite 304, Canyon 79015
(806) 468-5510 Phone
(806) 468-5634 Fax
elections@randallcounty.org

2. Or you may call the Potter County Voter Registration Office at (806) 379-2299 and request a voter registration application to be sent to you.

3. Or you may call the Randall County Voter Registration Office at (806) 468-5510 and request a voter registration application to be sent to you.

4. You may also register to vote by completing a Texas Voter Registration Application. Applications are available at libraries, post offices, and government offices. The application may be mailed to either the Potter or Randall County Voter Registration Offices.

Regardless of which method you use to register, the application must be postmarked 30 days before an election for you to be eligible to vote in that election. For more information, please view A Guide to Voter Registration, at the Texas Secretary of State web site.

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What are the qualifications to register to vote?

In order to be eligible to vote, you must:

  • Register to vote in the county in which you reside
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be at least 17 years and 10 months of age to register and be 18 years of age by Election Day
  • Not be convicted of a felony, or if you are a felon, you must have completed all of your punishment, including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, period of probation, or received a pardon. If you are on “deferred adjudication” or “off paper,” you may register and vote.
  • If you are registering for the first time by mail, you must provide valid identification that shows your name and address. If you do not provide identification at the time of registration, you will receive a letter requesting proof of identity. Otherwise, you will be required to present such identification when you vote, either in person or by mail.
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    How do I change my voter registration information?

    If you still reside within Potter or Randall County, you can change your voter registration information in the following methods:

    1. Submit a change request to your voter registration card online through Texas Online.

    2. Download and complete a voter registration application indicating a change in name/address. Mail or fax your change request to either the Potter or Randall County Voter Registration Office.

    3. Make a note of the changes to be made in the space provided on the back of your Voter Registration card. Fax or mail your Voter Registration Card to either the Potter or Randall County Voter Registration Office.

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    How do I request a replacement voter registration card?

    You can request a replacement voter registration card in the following methods:

    1. Complete a voter registration application card from the Texas Secretary of State Website. Select
    “Replacement” and fill out the application online. Print, sign, and mail or fax the application to either the Potter or Randall County Voter Registration Office.

    2. Mail or fax a signed written request for a replacement card to either the Potter or Randall County Voter Registration Office.

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    When does my Voter Registration become effective?

    Your voter registration will become effective 30 days after it is received or on your 18th birthday, whichever is later.

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    What if I don’t receive my voter registration card before the next election?

    You can call the Potter County Voter Registration Office at (806) 379-2299 or Randall County Voter Registration Office at (806) 468-5510 to confirm your voter registration status.

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    Can I vote without a voter registration card?

    Yes, you may, but you must have a photo identification and must sign an affidavit as to your residency and voter registration.

    Read the Memorandum about the new Texas Voter ID Law.

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    Do I have to show photo identification when I vote in person?

    Yes. In accordance with Senate Bill 14 (2011), all voters are required to show valid photo identification when voting in person.

    View the List of approved forms of photo identification.

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    What if I don’t have a valid photo identification?

    Individuals can obtain a Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC). For questions or more information regarding the EIC Program, please contact the Potter County Elections Office at (806) 379-2299 or Randall County Elections Office at (806) 468-5510.

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    How can I vote by mail?


    Any eligible voter may vote early in person by going to an early voting location.
    You may vote Early by Mail if you are:

    • Going to be out of the County on Election Day and during the Early Voting period
    • Sick or disabled
    • 65 years of age or older on Election Day; or
    • Confined in jail, but eligible to vote.

    You may request an Application for a Ballot by Mail by calling the Potter County Elections Office at (806) 379-2299 or Randall County Elections Office at (806) 468-5510, or by mailing a request to:

    Potter County Elections Administrator
    Melynn Huntley (effective 10/01/2013)
    P. O. Box 9618, Amarillo TX 79105
    (806) 379-2299 Phone
    (806) 379-2249 Fax
    melynnhuntley@co.potter.tx.us

    Randall County Elections Administrator
    Shannon Lackey
    501 16th Street, Suite 304, Canyon 79015
    (806) 468-5510 Phone
    (806) 468-5634 Fax
    elections@randallcounty.org

    Please read all the instructions, be sure to indicate what election you want to vote in, and be sure to sign the card. The County will verify the information when the application is returned, and mail the ballot to you when they are available.

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    If I am stationed elsewhere due to military service, how can I vote?

    The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) is a form provided by federal law to permit members of the U.S. armed forces and merchant marines, their dependents and U.S. citizens abroad to vote early by mail and, if necessary, to temporarily register to vote.

    You are eligible to vote early with an FPCA if you are qualified to vote in Texas and you are:

    • Members of the U.S. armed forces, a spouse or dependents
    • Members of the U.S. merchant marines, a spouse or dependents
    • A U.S. citizen domiciled in Texas but temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States

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    P.O. Box 1971
    Amarillo, TX 79105-1971

    (806)378-3014 / 3013 Fax (806)378-9394