Elections

The election information in this section of the City of Kaufman website is provided to promote the democratic process.

For complete information regarding Voter Registration and Election in Texas:  Secretary of State and Texas Ethics Commission.


 The Mayor and three (3) Council members shall be elected for two (2) year terms at the general election in odd-numbered years and three (3) Council members shall be elected for two (2) year terms at the general election in even-numbered years. 

The City Secretary's Office is responsible for conducting municipal elections as prescribed by the Election Code of the State of Texas.  The next municipal election will be held on May 2, 2020, to elect three (3) Council members.

In accordance with State law, the candidate filing for a place on the ballot will begin on January 15, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. and will end on February 14, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  Qualified persons may file as a candidate between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Monday through Friday, at the City Secretary's Office at City Hall, 209 S. Washington Street, Kaufman, Texas 75142.  Candidate packets for the election may be obtained from the City Secretary's Office or the link below. 

NOTICE OF POSTPONED ELECTION
On or about March 13, 2020, the Governor of the State of Texas certified that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster and, under the authority vested in the Governor by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, declared a state of disaster in every county in the State of Texas.

On or about March 18, 2020, the Governor issued a Proclamation suspending certain sections of the Texas Election Code, among others, to allow political subdivisions of the State that would otherwise hold elections on May 2, 2020, to postpone general and special elections to the next uniform election date, which will occur on November 2, 2020.

On March 30, 2020, the City Council voted to approve an Ordinance to postpone the City’s May 2, 2020, General Election until November 3, 2020. To see the Ordinance in full, click here.

Q
UALIFICATIONS:

Each of the candidates for Mayor and Council members shall meet the following requirements set forth by the City of Kaufman’s Charter:  

 

  1. Shall be at least twenty-one years of age at the time of the election for which they are filing.
  2. Shall be a qualified voter.
  3. Shall have resided within corporate limits of the City, or recently annexed territory, for at least twelve months prior to election day.
  4. Shall not, after notice of any delinquency, be in arrears in payment of taxes or other liabilities due the City.
  5. No candidate may file in a single election for more than one office or position as provided for in this Charter.
  6. No employee of the City shall continue in such position after filing for an elective office provided for in this Charter.

 


2020 GENERAL ELECTION CALENDAR
January 15        First day to file for a place on the ballot
February 14      Last day to file for a place on the ballot - General Election
February 21      Last day to withdraw name from the ballot - General Election
April 2               Last day to register to vote
April 20             First day of Early Voting
April 28             Last day of Early Voting
May 2               Election Day

Early Voting by Personal Appearance Days and Hours
April 20-April 24  Monday - Friday         8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
April 25               Saturday                     7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
April 26               Sunday                     11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
April 27-28          Monday - Tuesday     7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Registered voters may vote at any polling place in Kaufman County during early voting. The closest early voting polling place to Kaufman is:
 

Kaufman County Courthouse Annex

100 S. Washington Street

Kaufman, Texas 75142

 

Below is a list of all early voting polling places:

1.     Kaufman County Courthouse Annex

100 N. Washington St.

Kaufman, TX 75142

2.     Forney Sub Courthouse    

200 E. Main St.

Forney, TX  75126

3.     Kemp Sub Courthouse

10705 State HWY 34

Kemp, TX 75143

4.     Scurry-Rosser ISD Adm. Bldg

103 N. Main St.

Scurry, TX  75158

5.     Crandall/Combine Community Center

500 W. Lewis/FM 3039

Crandall, TX 75114

6.     Mabank City Hall        

129 E. Market St.

Mabank, TX 75147

EARLY VOTING BY MAIL
In addition to early voting and voting on Election Day, the State of Texas mandates that municipalities allow citizens to vote by mail if they meet one of the following requirements:

1.  Age of voter is 65 or over on Election Day
2.  Voter is disabled
3.  Voter is confined in jail
4.  Voter expects to be out of the county on Election Day and during the regular hours for conducting early voting - ballot must be mailed to an address outside the county.

Applications for a ballot by mail may be submitted any time during the year of the election for which a ballot is requested at the addr
ess below.

Brenda Samples, Early Voting Clerk

Kaufman County Courthouse Annex

100 S. Washington Street

Kaufman, Texas 75142


To receive a ballot application or for more information, please call the City Secretary's Office at (972) 932-2216 or the Kaufman County Elections Administration at (469) 376-4595


ELECTION DAY VOTING:   SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2020
On Election Day, voting will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Voters will be required to go to their designated voting location.  Kaufman residents will vote at:

 

Kaufman County Library

3790 S. Houston Street

Kaufman, Texas 75142