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Posted on: March 24, 2020

City postpones May election to November unless Governor approves earlier date

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The Mansfield City Council voted 6-1 Monday night to postpone the May 2 general election to Nov. 3, unless an order from Texas Governor Greg Abbott provides an earlier date.

Gov. Abbott issued a proclamation March 18 suspending provisions of the Texas Election Code to allow political subdivisions to postpone their 2020 local elections as the state and many communities focus on the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Mayor David Cook told the City Council that Texas municipal officials are in discussions with Gov. Abbott to allow for a July election if circumstances permit. A July election, he said, would allow local voters to focus their attention on their city’s election and not in November during the national Presidential election.

City Manager Clayton Chandler said the City of Mansfield is in an especially difficult situation with a November election since in addition to its regular city election for two City Council places, it also has a special election for two City Council places, including for Mayor. Should a runoff election be required, Mansfield could have elections into December.

The council’s current motions allows for the resolution to be amended from November to another date should it be approved by the Governor.