Governor encourages delaying elections

On Wednesday, March 18, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation allowing political subdivisions to choose to postpone local elections scheduled to be held in May in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor suspended Sections 41.0052 (a) and (b) of the Texas Election Code and Section 49.103 of the Texas Water Code under Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code to allow local governments to reschedule to a later date elections which were scheduled to be held on May 2.

In Uvalde, this will affect the city municipal elections and school board elections, which were originally scheduled to be held on May 2.

Uvalde County Judge William R. Mitchell says those elections will now be scheduled for Nov. 3, 2020.

As of Friday morning, no decision had been made regarding the municipal election for the city of Sabinal. The Sabinal Independent School District election was canceled at the March 2 school board meeting due to no positions being opposed.

Uvalde County Elections Administrator Melissa Bradham Jones said that Abbott had not yet issued guidance on the May 26 primary runoff election.

The Texas secretary of state’s office, which oversees elections, sent election officials an advisory shortly after the proclamation was announced offering guidance for entities choosing to postpone elections. The advisory indicates officials holding offices on the ballot for the May 2 election will continue to hold their positions until November once an election is postponed.

“I strongly encourage local election officials to take advantage of these waivers and postpone their elections until November,” Gov. Abbott said.

“Right now, the state’s focus is responding to COVID-19 – including social distancing and avoiding large gatherings. By delaying this election, our local election officials can assist in that effort.”

jkeeble@ulnnow.com, 830-278-3335



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