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City Uniform Election

November 3, 2020 General Election

*IMPORTANT: March 19, 2020 – Governor Abbott has issued additional information concerning the May 2nd general election. The Governor’s proclamation offers political subdivisions the opportunity to move their May 2 election to the next uniform election date, which is November 3, 2020.

At the March 23, 2020 Special Meeting, City Council approved the postponement of the May 2nd election.  The next General Election will be on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at City Hall Council Chambers, located at 302 E. Main Street Ore City, TX  75683.

By postponing the election date,  the City is preserving all candidate filings and ballot order actions that have already taken place. This postponement does not have the effect of reopening candidate filings.  Items on the ballot will carry over to the November 3, 2020 election date.

The Secretary of State Election Advisory No. 2020-12 addressed the Councilpersons not seeking re-election, noting that “[u]nder Art. XVI, Sec. 17 of the Texas Constitution, the individuals who currently hold public offices that are scheduled to be on the ballot on the May uniform election date will continue to exercise the duties of those offices until the new officers take their oaths of office, following the November uniform election date.”

Citizens may register to vote until October 5, 2020, to vote in the November election.  Please see the Upshur County Elections Website for information on voter registration.

Election Resources:

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Notice of Postponement of the May 2, 2020 General Election

On March 13, 2020, the Governor of the State of Texas certified that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster and, under the authority vested in the Governor by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, declared a state of disaster for all counties in Texas.
On March 18, 2020, the Governor issued a Proclamation suspending certain sections of the Texas Election Code, among others, to allow political subdivisions of the State that would otherwise hold elections on May 2, 2020, to postpone General and Special Elections to the next uniform election date, which will occur on November 3, 2020.
On March 23, 2020, the City Council of the City of Ore City at its Special Meeting voted to approve a Resolution to postpone the City’s May 2, 2020, General Election until November 3, 2020.

To register to vote, find upcoming election dates, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the Texas Secretary of State’s special voter page, VoteTexas.gov. For additional general information, please visit the Secretary of State’s website. Also informative is the League of Women Voters page.

Notice: Drawing for a place on the ballot

Applications for a place on the ballot:

Mayor:

Angie Edwards Application

Gail Weir Application

Council:

Jeannette Orms Cox Application 

Pete D. Wright Application

Steve Heim Application

Notice of Election

First day to file for a place on the General Election Ballot:                       Wed. January 15, 2020

Last day to file for a place on the General Election Ballot:                          Fri. February 14, 2020 – 5:00PM

Last day to file a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy:                                 Tue. February 18, 2020

Last day to register to vote:                                                                              Thu. April 2, 2020

First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance:                                    Mon. April 20, 2020

Last day to apply for ballot by mail (Received NOT Postmarked):          Mon. April 20, 2020

Last day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance:                                     Tue. April 28, 2020

Last Day to Receive Ballot by Mail:                                                                Sat. May 2, 2020 – 7:00PM

Election Day:                                                                                                      Sat. May 2, 2020 – 7AM-7PM

CANDIDATE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Candidate must be 18 years of age or older on the first date of the term to be filled at the election

Candidate must be a citizen of the United States

Candidate must not have not been determined mentally incompetent by a final judgment of a court

Candidate must not have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the persons has not

Candidate must have been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities

Candidate must have resided continuously in the state for 12 months and in the city or in the district or ward, as applicable, for six months immediately preceding the deadline for filing an application for a place on the ballot (for a write-in candidate, preceding the date of the election).

Filing requirements are per state statute, available at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/guide/2020/index.shtml

Additional Eligibility Requirements to Type A General Law Cities:

To be eligible for the office of mayor of the municipality, a person must be a registered voter and must have resided within the municipal limits for at least the 12 months preceding the Election Day.

The May 1, 2021, General Election will be held at City Hall, located at 302 E. Main St.  Filing for a place on the ballot is set by state statute and will run from January 13 to February 12, 2021. Find additional election-related dates and information at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/important-election-dates.shtml#2021 (posted in accordance with TX. Legis. H.B. 305, effective September 1, 2019).

Are you interested in serving as an Elections Clerk?

Election Clerks must be registered voters and must reside in the City of Ore City to serve as Election Clerks in the City’s Elections on Election Day. The City provides required training and compensation.

Print Application and find out more information by clicking HERE

City of Ore City elections are nonpartisan (no political parties); election workers are asked to refrain from displaying electioneering/advertising materials supporting a particular City candidate on their vehicles or property during early voting and on Election Day.

Service as an Election Clerk in the May 2, 2020 Election will be for Election Day only and may before 4, 8 or 12-hour increments:

Election Clerks must be registered voters and reside in the City of Ore City to serve as Election Clerks in the City’s elections on Election Day. The City provides required elections training and compensation of $8.00/hour, contract labor. Applicants must complete City-provided elections training before being allowed to serve as a poll worker. Election Clerks serve under the supervision of the City Secretary/Early Election Clerk, the Presiding Election Judge, and the Alternate Election Judge. Failure to follow City, State or Federal election laws will result in termination.

Election Identifications Certificate (EIC) Now Required for Texas Voters

The Texas Election Code 631(b) requires a photo ID in order to vote in Texas. The Texas Transportation Code, Chapter 521A and 37 Texas Administration Code, Sections 15.181-185, authorizes DPS to issue Election Identification Certificates. Please click on the links below for additional information and the application form.

Election Identification Certificate (EIC) Now Required for Texas Voters
Application for Texas Election Certificate (DL-14C)

May 2, 2020 General Election – Early Voting and Election Day Voting to be held at City Hall, 302 E. Main Street, Ore City, Texas

The first day to file an Application for Place on Ballot, for Mayor and Council Positions 1 and 3, in the May 2, 2020 General Election will be January 15, 2020; the last day to file an Application for Place on Ballot will be February 14, 2020.

The last day to file as a write-in candidate will be February 18, 2020.


Voter Qualifications:

  1. be 18 years of age or older on the date of the election
  2. be a citizen of the United States
  3. not have been determined mentally incompetent by a final judgment of a court
  4. Not have been finally convicted of a felony or, if so convicted, must have:
    1. Fully discharged his sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court
    2. been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disability to vote
  5. be a resident of the city on the day of the election
  6. be a registered voter on the day of the election

For more information go to http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections or contact the City Secretary

Internet posting requirement for political subdivisions

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