Frequently Asked Questions: 2018 Runoff Election
In fewer than 30 days, Missouri City residents will vote in the Saturday, Dec. 8 2018 Runoff Election for the following races: Mayor and At-Large Position #2. Recently, the City has received numerous inquiries regarding the runoff election; to address these issues, staff compiled this list of frequently asked questions:
Why is there a runoff election?
Per City Charter, Sec. 6.03.: The election to each office shall be by a majority—50 percent or more—of all the votes cast at such election for the respective office. In an election to the office of mayor or councilmember, where no candidate receives a majority of all the votes cast, the council shall issue a call for a run-off election.
Why are candidates required to receive 50 percent of votes?
Per City Charter, Sec. 6.03.: The election to each office shall be by a majority—50 percent or more—of all the votes cast at such election for the respective office.
Who are the runoff candidates and what are their political party affiliations?
Mayoral Candidates: Allen Owen and Yolanda Ford
Councilmember, At-Large Position #2 Candidates: Chris Preston and Susan Soto
Missouri City’s elections are nonpartisan.
What communities can vote in the Runoff Election?
Registered voters who reside in Missouri City subdivisions located in Fort Bend and Harris Counties are eligible to vote in the Dec. 8 Runoff Election.
What are the early voting dates for the Runoff Election?
Early voting dates are Monday, Nov. 26 to Tuesday, Dec. 4.
What are the polling locations and hours?
The early voting and Election Day polling locations have not yet been finalized.
Will there be absentee voting?
Yes; for details, please contact Fort Bend County Elections Administrator, John Oldham: 281.341.8670.
Will access to poll locations on Runoff Election day be impacted by the Snowfest Parade?
The Missouri City Community Center will be open for voting on Dec. 8. A reminder that Dec. 8 is also the date of the City’s annual Snowfest Parade. At 7:15 a.m., Cartwright Road, and all intersecting roads, from 1092 (Murphy Road) to Texas Parkway will be closed. The roads will reopen by 11 a.m.
When will runoff election results be verified?
Results from the Dec. 8, 2018 Runoff Election will be canvassed at the Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 Special City Council Meeting.
When will the elected runoff candidates take office?
Elected officials will be sworn into office at the Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 Regular Meeting.
What is the City ordinance regarding election signs for a runoff?
View City regulations here: http://bit.ly/2z2WCNd.
What is the deadline to remove candidate signage?
Today (Friday, Nov. 9) is the deadline for general election candidates who are not participating in a runoff election to remove political signage. Runoff candidates have until Dec. 11 to remove their political signage.
What are some key election dates residents should know?
- Friday, Nov. 16: Canvassing of the Nov. 6 Election results at the Special City Council meeting at 4 p.m. in Council Chambers, 1522 Texas Pkwy.
- Monday, Nov. 19: Interviewing for District A Vacancy at Special City Council Meeting; Swearing in of At-Large Position #1 winner Vashaundra Edwards at the Regular City Council meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall Complex, 1522 Texas Pkwy.
- Monday, Nov. 26: First day of Runoff Election Early Voting
- Tuesday, Dec. 4: Last day of Runoff Election Early Voting
- Thursday, Dec. 6: Deadline to fill the District A Vacancy
- Saturday, Dec. 8: Runoff Election Day
- Monday, Dec. 17: Swearing in of Runoff Election candidate winner(s) and election of Mayor Pro Tem at the Regular City Council meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall Complex, 1522 Texas Pkwy.
Additional details may be found on the City website here: https://bit.ly/2OBRepl.
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