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2020-4152 - Ordinance - 02/06/2020ORDINANCE NO. 2020-4152 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLLEGE STATION ORDERING A MUNICIPAL RUNOFF ELECTION TO BE HELD ON APRIL 18, 2020, FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING CITY COUNCILMEMBER PLACE 4 BY THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE CITY OF COLLEGE STATION; ESTABLISHING EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS AND POLLING PLACES FOR THIS ELECTION; AND MAKING PROVISIONS FOR CONDUCTING THE ELECTION. RECITALS: 1. On January 28, 2020, the City of College Station held a special election for the purpose of electing City Councilmember Place 4, for an unexpired term. 2. On February 6, 2020, the City Council canvassed the results of the January 28, 2020, election and found that no candidate received a majority of the votes. 3. The City Council is authorized to order a runoff election to be held on the 18th day of April, 2020, for the purpose of electing City Councilmember Place 4 by the qualified voters of the City of College Station among the two candidates receiving the two highest number of votes cast. BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS: SECTION 1. A runoff election is ordered to be held by the City of College Station (the “City”) at the various polling places and election precincts within the corporate limits of t he City, as hereinafter designated, on April 18, 2020, from the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This runoff election will be conducted by College Station and will be administered for the City by the Brazos County Elections Administrator, but this runoff election is not a county-wide election. At this election the qualified voters of the City will elect City Councilmember for Place 4, with such position having an unexpired term ending in November 2021. SECTION 2. The Vote Centers (polling locations) for College Station for this election shall be as follows: Vote Centers Vote Centers College Station City Hall 1101 Texas Avenue College Station, Texas College Station Utilities Meeting & Training Facility 1603 Graham Road College Station, Texas SECTION 3. Early voting by personal appearance for the runoff election shall commence on April 1, 2020, and end on April 14, 2020. Optical scan ballots shall be used for early voting by mail and direct recording electronic voting machines shall be used for early voting by personal appearance. The Early Voting Clerk for said election shall be the Brazos County Elections Administrator. She ORDINANCE NO. 2020-4152 Page 2 of 3 shall determine the number of election workers to be hired and arrange for training of all election workers. Early voting by personal appearance for the runoff shall be conducted at the locations and on the following dates and times specified by the Brazos County Elections Administrator: Early Voting Center Location: College Station Utilities Meeting & Training Facility – 1603 Graham Road, College Station, Texas. Early Voting Center Times: April 1 – April 3 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Wednesday – Friday) April 6 – April 9 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Monday - Thursday) April 10 VOTING CLOSED “Good Friday” (Friday) April 13 – April 14 7:00 am – 7:00 pm (Monday - Tuesday) SECTION 4. Early voting by mail ballot shall be conducted in accordance with applicable provisions of the Texas Election Code. The address of 300 E. William J Bryan, Suite 100, Bryan, shall be the early voting clerk's mailing address to which ballot applications and ballots voted by mail may be sent for this run-off election. SECTION 5. All early votes and other votes to be processed in accordance with early voting procedures pursuant to the Texas Election Code shall be delivered to the Early Voting Ballot Board at the Brazos County Election Administrator’s office. Early votes shall be counted at the central counting station. The Early Voting Ballot Board shall perform in accordance with applicable provisions of the Texas Election Code. SECTION 6. A Direct Record Electronic (“DRE”) System, as the term is defined in the Texas Election Code, shall be utilized in connection with the election. This system shall be utilized for all early voting as well as for all precinct voting conducted on Election Day. The Brazos County Elections Administrator will appoint a programmer, who shall prepare a program for the automatic tabulating equipment. Ample voting equipment shall be provided for early voting and in each of the various precincts on Election Day as may be applicable. The central counting station is established as the Brazos County Election Administrator’s Office, 300 E. William J Bryan, Suite 100, Bryan. SECTION 7. All resident, qualified voters of the City of College Station shall be permitted to vote for City Councilmember Place 4, to fill the unexpired term of such position. ORDINANCE NO. 2020-4152 Page 3 of 3 SECTION 8. In accordance with Section 123.001 of the Texas Election Code, the Hart Intercivic Direct Recording Electronic Voting System, Optical Scan Voting System and Electronic Management System for Brazos County, Texas and certified by the Secretary of State on January 3, 2002, and subsequent certifications each year, and identified as eSlate is hereby adopted for the runoff election. SECTION 9. The runoff election shall be held in accordance with the requirements for bilingual elections as set forth in the Voting Rights Act amendments for 1975 (42USC 1973aa-1a) and in Section 272.001 of the Election Code. All election forms and materials shall be printed in both English and Spanish, and bilingual oral assistance shall be made available within the requirements of the law. SECTION 10. The City Secretary is hereby authorized to post an official NOTICE OF RUNOFF ELECTION listing the precincts and polling place locations for this election. A copy of the NOTICE OF RUNOFF ELECTION, when published in a newspaper of general circulation in English and Spanish, shall serve as proper notice of the City’s election. SECTION 11. The Mayor is hereby authorized to certify to the City Secretary the names of the candidates to be placed on the ballot for the runoff election to be held on the 18th day of April 2020. SECTION 12. That this Ordinance shall take effect immediately from and after its passage. APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of College Station this 6th day of February, 2020. CITY OF COLLEGE STATION: __________________________________ Karl Mooney, Mayor ATTEST: _____________________________________ Tanya Smith, City Secretary APPROVED AS TO FORM: _____________________________________ Mary Ann Powell, Deputy City Attorney