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.

 


Early Voting by Personal Appearance Days and Hours

Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.  Tuesday October 13, 2020 through Friday October 16, 2020

Hours: 8:00 A.M.  –  5:00 P.M.  Monday October 19, 2020 through Friday October 23, 2020

Hours: 7:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.    Saturday October 24, 2020

Hours: 1:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.    Sunday October 25, 2020

Hours: 7:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. Monday October 26, 2020 through Friday October 30, 2020

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.     Forney ISD Administration Building        

600 S. Bois D' Arc Street

Forney, TX 75126

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:   Tuesday, November 3, 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 can vote at any of the following locations:

 

Precinct                                 Location                                                                                 Address

   1                           St Ann Catholic Church                                       806 N. Washington St., Kaufman TX 75142

   2                           Ola Church of Christ                                            9720 St. Hwy 243, Kaufman TX 75142

   3                           First Baptist Church, Forney                              1003 FM 741, Forney TX 75126

   4                           Talty Baptist Church                                            5210 N FM 148, Crandall TX 75114

   5                           Terrell Service Center                                         400 Industrial Blvd., Terrell TX 75160

   6                           Ables Springs Fire Station                                   30000 FM 429, Terrell TX 75161

   8                           Emmanuel Baptist Church                                 1717 N. Francis St., Terrell TX 75160

   9                           The Elmo Fire Station                                          12777 FM 2728, Terrell TX 75161

  10                         Scurry Rosser Admin. Bldg.                                10705 St. Hwy 34, Scurry TX 75158

  11                         Beacon Hill Baptist                                               594 Hwy 80 West, Forney TX 75126

  12                         Lively Baptist Church                                          18075 S. FM 148, Kemp TX 75143

  13                         Mustang Creek Church                                       13851 FM 548, Forney TX 75126

  15                         First Baptist Church, Kemp                                1320 S. Elm, Kemp TX 75143

  16                         Mabank City Hall                                                  129 E. Market St., Mabank TX 75147

  17                         Pointview Baptist Church                                  110 Hwy 3039, Combine TX 75159

  18                         Crandall/Combine Comm. Cntr.                       500 W Lewis/FM 3039, Crandall TX 75114

  19                         First Assembly of God Church                           203 Main St., Terrell TX 75160

  20                         Bingo Hall-Terrell                                                 14701 Hwy 205, Terrell TX 75160

  21                         Abner Baptist Church                                         6877 FM 2727, Kaufman TX 75142

  22                         Post Oak Bend Comm. Cntr.                              1175 Co. Rd. 278, Kaufman TX 75142

  25                         Forney Sub Courthouse                                       200 E. Main. Forney TX 75126

  26                         Bethlehem Baptist Church                                 500 S. Francis St., Terrell TX 75160

  27                         East Side Church of Christ                                  627 S. FM 548, Forney TX 75126

  28                         Kaufman County Library                                    3790 S. Houston St., Kaufman TX 75142

  29                         Heartland Comm. Ctr.                                         3558 Kirby Lane, Heartland TX 75126

  30                         Warsaw Comm. Ctr.                                            6430 FM 148, Kaufman TX 75142