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2022-4375 - Ordinance - 08/11/2022ORDINANCE NO. 2022-4375 AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 8, 2022, FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING A MAYOR AND CITY COUNCILMEMBER PLACE 1, CITY COUNCILMEMBER PLACE 2, AND TO FILL A VACANCY FOR THE TWO-YEAR REMAINDER OF THE UNEXPIRED TERM OF OFFICE OF COUNCILMEMBER, PLACE 5, 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. BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLLEGE STATION: SECTION 1. A general and special 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 the City, as hereinafter designated, on November 8, 2022 from the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This general and special election will be conducted jointly with Brazos County and will be administered for the City by the Brazos County Elections Administrator, but this general and special election is not a county-wide election. At the general election, the qualified voters of the City will elect a Mayor, City Councilmember for Place 1, and City Councilmember for Place 2 with each position having a term of four years. At the special election, the qualified voters of the City will elect a candidate to fill a vacancy in the office of Councilmember, Place 5, for the two- year remainder of the unexpired term of that office. SECTION 2. Should any candidate in the general and/or special election fail to receive a majority vote, then in that event a runoff election shall be ordered for every place in the general and/or special election to which no one was elected as required by Section 17 (d) of the City Charter, as amended. In the event it becomes necessary to conduct a runoff election, a runoff shall be not earlier than the 20th or later than the 45th day after the date the final canvass of the general election is completed. Canvass of the returns of the runoff election, if necessary, shall be held no earlier than the 3rd day and no later than the 14th day following the date of the runoff election or on the next regular business day if the 14th day falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or official state holiday. SECTION 3. The Vote Centers (polling locations) for College Station for this election shall be as follows: Vote Centers Vote Centers Millican Community Center 22284 Pierce Street Millican, Texas Texas A&M College of Medicine 8447 Riverside Parkway Bryan, Texas College Station Meeting & Training Facility 1603 Graham Road College Station, Texas Lincoln Center 1000 Eleanor College Station, Texas Galilee Baptist Church 804 N. Logan Bryan, Texas College Station City Hall (Bush 4141) 1101 Texas Avenue College Station, Texas Zion Church of Kurten 977 N. FM 2038 Kurten, Texas College Station ISD Administration Building 1812 Welsh College Station, Texas Parkway Baptist Church 1501 Southwest Parkway College Station, Texas Fellowship Freewill Baptist Church 1228 W. Villa Maria Road Bryan, Texas College Heights Assembly of God 4100 Old College Rd. Bryan, Texas Castle Heights Baptist Church 4504 E. Hwy 21 Bryan, Texas Wellborn Community Center 4119 W. Greens Prairie Road College Station, Texas St. Francis Episcopal Church 1101 Rock Prairie Road College Station, Texas First Baptist Church -Bryan 3100 Cambridge Drive Bryan, Texas A&M Church of Christ 2475 Earl Rudder Freeway College Station, Texas Beacon Baptist Church 2001 East Villa Maria Road Bryan, Texas Arena Hall 2906 Tabor Road Bryan, Texas Bryan Ballroom 701 Palasota Dr. Bryan, Texas Brazos Center 3232 Briarcrest Drive Bryan, Texas Brazos County Election Admin Office **Ruth McLeod Training Room** 300 East Wm J. Bryan Pkwy, Suite 100 Bryan, Texas Wellborn Baptist Church 14575 FM 2154 Rd College Station, Texas Memorial Student Center Room 2406 (MSC) Texas A&M Campus, Joe Routt Blvd. College Station, Texas Living Hope Baptist Church 4170 State Highway 6 South College Station, Texas New Zion Missionary Baptist Church 1505 Dansby Street Bryan, Texas Church of the Nazarene 2122 E William J Bryan Pkwy Bryan, Texas SECTION 4. Joint early voting shall be conducted by personal appearance and by mail. The period for early voting by personal appearance for the general and special election shall be October 24 through November 4, 2022. 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 elections shall be the Brazos County Elections Administrator. She 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 general and special election shall be conducted jointly at the locations and on the following dates and times specified by the Brazos County Elections Administrator: Brazos County Election Administrator Office (McLeod Training Rm) – 300 East Wm. J. Bryan Pkwy, Suite 100, Bryan, Texas Arena Hall – 2906 Tabor Road, Bryan, Texas Galilee Baptist Church – 804 N. Logan, Bryan, Texas College Station Meeting & Training Facility (Utilities) – 1603 Graham Road, College Station, Texas College Station City Hall (Bush 4141) – 1101 Texas Avenue, College Station, Texas October 24 – October 28 7:00 am – 7:00 pm (Monday – Friday) October 29 7:00 am – 7:00 pm (Saturday) October 30 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Sunday) October 31 – November 4 7:00 am – 7:00 pm (Monday - Friday) SECTION 5. 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, Texas, shall be the early voting clerk's mailing address to which ballot applications and ballots voted by mail may be sent for the City. SECTION 6. 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 Election Code. SECTION 7. 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. The central counting station is established as the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, Texas. SECTION 8. The Brazos County Elections Administrator will appoint the Early Voting Ballot Board, a Presiding Judge of the Central Counting Station, a Tabulation Supervisor of the Central Counting Station, and a Central Counting Station Manager. SECTION 9. The election will be held in accordance with the provisions of the Charter and Ordinances of the City of College Station and the laws of the State of Texas. SECTION 10. Notice of the election, including a Spanish translation thereof, will be published at least once in a newspaper published in College Station on or after October 9, 2022, and on or before October 29, 2022, and will be posted on the bulletin board at City Hall on or before September 21, 2022. SECTION 11. A writ of election as required by the Texas Election Code will be delivered on or before October 24, 2022, by the Brazos County Elections Administrator to the presiding and alternate judges of each election precinct in which the election is ordered to be held. SECTION 12. Testing of the automatic tabulating equipment will be performed and notice thereof will be given in accordance with Subchapter D of Chapter 127 of the Texas Election Code. SECTION 13. If any portion of this Ordinance is held invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining provisions of this Ordinance shall remain in full force and effect. SECTION 14. That this ordinance shall be effective immediately upon adoption. APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of College Station this 11th day of August, 2022. CITY OF COLLEGE STATION: __________________________________ Karl Mooney, Mayor ATTEST: _____________________________________ Tanya Smith, City Secretary APPROVED AS TO FORM: _____________________________________ Adam Falco, Interim City Attorney