C. Election of two (2) councilmembers-at-large.
The two (2) councilmembers-at-large, after this section becomes effective, shall be elected at the general election to be held in May, 2014, and shall serve until the general election to be held in May, 2016, or until their respective successors have been elected and shall have qualified. Thereafter, elections hereunder for the two (2) positions of councilmembers-at-large shall be held on the general election date, as provided by state law, in May of each even-numbered year. The councilmembers-at-large shall serve for two-year terms concluding with the election and qualification of their successors in the next subsequent even-numbered year.
D. Election of four (4) district councilmembers.
The councilmember, District A, councilmember, District B, councilmember, District C, and councilmember, District D, shall be elected at the general election to be held in May, 2015, and shall serve until the general election to be held in May, 2017, or until a successor has been elected and shall have qualified. Thereafter, elections hereunder for councilmember, District A, councilmember, District B, councilmember, District C, and councilmember, District D, shall be held on the general election date, as provided by state law, in May of each odd-numbered year, and said councilmembers shall serve for two-year terms concluding with the election and qualification of their successors in the next subsequent odd-numbered year.
E. Taking office.
All persons elected after the effective date of this Charter shall be sworn into office at the next regular council meeting after their election.
Section 6.02 - Special elections.
The council may by ordinance call such special elections as are authorized by the state law and this Charter, fix the time and places for holding same, and provide all means for holding such special elections; provided, that every special election shall be held on Saturday unless otherwise provided by law or this Charter. Special elections shall be held as nearly as practicable according to the provisions governing general elections.
Section 6.03 - Election by majority and run-off election.
At the first election held hereunder, and thereafter at every city officer's election, the election to each office shall be by a majority of all the votes cast at such election for the respective office. In every such election each qualified voter shall vote for not more than one (1) candidate for each office to be filled. In an election to the office of mayor or councilmember, where no candidate receives a majority of all the votes cast for such office at such election, the council shall, immediately upon declaring the official results of the election, issue a call for a run-off election for every office to which no one was elected, which run-off election shall be held in accordance with state law.
Section 6.04 - Regulation of elections.
All elections shall be held in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas regulating the holding of municipal elections and in accordance with the ordinances adopted by the council for the conduct of elections. The council shall appoint the election judges and other election officials. Voting precincts shall be established by the council by ordinance and may be altered from time to time in like manner and in keeping with the state law applicable to elections in municipalities.
Section 6.05 - Filing by candidates.
Any qualified person who desires to become a candidate for election to an office on the council shall file with the city secretary not later than 5:00 p.m. on the date designated by state law for such purpose an application for their name to appear on the ballot, and therein the candidate shall clearly designate either that the candidate desires to run for mayor or that the candidate desires to run for councilmember; and if the candidate desires to run for councilmember, then the candidate must clearly designate by the position or district number the office on the council to which the candidate seeks election, and the application shall contain a sworn statement by the candidate that the candidate is fully qualified and eligible under the laws of Texas and the provisions of this Charter to hold the office sought. An application may not be filed earlier than the date designated by state law for such purpose. No person shall be a candidate for more than one (1) council elected office at the same city election. An application filed by mail is considered to be filed at the time of its receipt by the city secretary.
More information and forms pertinent to an election can also be found on the Texas Secretary of State or Texas Ethics Commission websites.
Section 6.06 - Ballots.
For every regular election and every special election called to fill one (1) or more vacant offices on the council, the city secretary shall place upon the official ballot the name of each candidate, except such as may have withdrawn, died, or become ineligible, who shall file an application which complies with the provisions of this Charter. The council offices to be filled shall be placed on the ballot in numerical or alphabetical order. The name of each candidate shall be placed on the ballot under the designated office for which the candidate shall have filed, and in such manner that the full names (excluding professional designations) of the candidates for each office shall be clearly separate and distinguishable from the names of the candidates for every other council office. The order on the ballot of the names of the candidates or [for] each respective council office shall be determined by lot in drawing to be held under the supervision of the city secretary, at which drawing each candidate or the candidate's named representative shall have a right to be present.