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Election Information

PUBLIC NOTICE

The last day to register to vote in the November 2, 2021 election was October 4, 2021.

Early in-person voting is October  18-29. In the early voting period, voters may cast ballots at any early voting location in Williamson County. Early voting polling places, dates, and times are listed at wilco.org/elections.

On Election Day on Nov. 2, voters may cast ballots at any vote center location in Williamson County. Polling places, dates, and times are listed at wilco.org/elections.

Public Notice of General Election

November 2021 General Election

The November 2021 Special Election has been called by City Council to fill a vacancy for District 6.  The filing period for citizens that are interested in running for City Council District 6 is now closed, per the state Election Code.  Two qualified candidates are running for this position: Jake French and Chere Heintzmann.  Georgetown citizens may only vote for one of these people if they live in District 6.

To qualify to be a member of Council at the time of election to office, each Council Member shall be at least eighteen (18) years of age, shall be a citizen and qualified voter of the State of Texas and the City of Georgetown and a resident of the Council District the member would be representing for a period of six (6) months as of the last legal date for filing. No member of the Council shall hold any other office or employment under the City Government while a member of said Council, nor hold any paid employment under the City Government within two (2) years thereafter. A member of the Council ceasing to reside in the City shall immediately forfeit that office.

For registered voters within the city limits, the following items are also included on the ballot.

The Council ordered a special Local Option Election to legalize the sale of all alcoholic beverages, including mixed beverages in the areas annexed into the city since the last local option election in 2010.  The Resolution 081021-U is attached for reference: RES 081021-U

The third item on the ballot will be Proposed Amendments to the existing City Charter.  The Ordinance listing those proposed amendments is attached for reference: ORD 2021-56   

For a description of the amendments, please see this page: Proposed Charter Amendments

To see maps of council districts, go to maps.georgetown.org/council-district-maps.

With the approval of HB 1082 in May 2021, all elected official’s personal information is to be redacted from any public documents.  There is some contradictory language in the bill that led us to decide to disable the public facing links. While we are still in the process of redacting this information, all campaign finance and expense reports are available to the public, but as a request through our open records portal.     Please complete an open records request here and we will process it as quickly as possible: https://georgetown.org/open-records 

General Voting registration dates are posted on the Secretary of State’s website: (See Secretary of State website for other deadlines.)  https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/index.shtml

Early voting and election day polling places, dates, and times will be listed at wilco.org/elections.

Public Notice of General Election, as posted by the City of Georgetown, with polling places included:          Public Notice of General Election

For further details about City Elections, contact City Secretary Robyn Densmore at Robyn.Densmore@georgetown.org (512) 931-7715.

Vote Centers

A vote center is a countywide polling location where any registered voter may cast their vote. Vote Centers are all electronic and eliminate the Election Day requirement of having to vote in the polling location specific to your voting precinct. With Vote Centers, a voter can choose the most convenient polling location in the County during Early Voting and Election Day.

Click on the link below, which takes you to the Secretary of State’s website to locate your precinct: https://team1.sos.state.tx.us/voterws/viw/faces/SearchSelectionVoter.jsp

To find your Council District, within City Limits, click here: https://government.georgetown.org/city-council/ 

Candidate Information

Election forms and information, with all of the required forms for candidates, may be downloaded from links below.  Completed applications for candidacy should be submitted to the City Secretary, Robyn Densmore, at City Hall, 808 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street.

* A Council candidate must be 18 on the first day of the term to be filled and must have been a resident of the District for the 6 months immediately preceding the filing deadline, in accordance with state law.

The Election Code authorizes home rule cities to adopt age and residency requirements greater than those in state law, but such local provisions cannot require a candidate to be more than 21 on the first day of the term and cannot require residency in the District for longer than 12 months immediately preceding election day.  Otherwise, the local provision is void, and the applicable statute would apply.  The Charter requires a candidate to be 21 at the time of election, which in turn requires the candidate to be greater than 21 years on the first day of the term (as the term will always commence after the election). Similarly, the Charter requires a candidate to be a resident of the District for 12 months prior to the filing deadline, which in turn requires the candidate to be a resident for 15 months preceding election day (as the filing deadline is 3 months before election day). Therefore, the Charter’s age and residency requirements are both void and the requirements of state law apply.

Memo to Candidates from City Secretary

City Candidate Guide First Steps 2020

Campaign Finance Reports

    1. Campaign Finance Report Instructions:       https://www.ethics.state.tx.us/data/forms/coh/COH_ins.pdf
    2. Campaign Finance Report – Form CFR:                   https://www.ethics.state.tx.us/data/forms/coh/coh.pdf 
    3. Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer Guide: https://www.ethics.state.tx.us/data/forms/coh/CTA_ins.pdf
    4. Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer Form CTA: https://www.ethics.state.tx.us/data/forms/coh/cta.pdf
    5. Amendment of Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer Guide: https://www.ethics.state.tx.us/forms/coh/ACTA_ins.php
    6. Amendment of Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer – Form ACTA: https://www.ethics.state.tx.us/data/forms/coh/acta.pdf

Declaration of Write-in Candidacy – English and Spanish: https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/forms/pol-sub/2-23f.pdf

Georgetown Home Rule Charter

2030 Plan Executive Summary

Unified Development Code Sign Standards

Political Advertising – What You Need to Know

From Texas Ethics Commission:

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