ELECTION CENTRAL

May 2021 Special Election

Election day: Saturday, May 1
In-person early voting: April 19-27

Voter Registration

The deadline to register to vote was Thursday, April 1

Ballot By Mail

Last day to request a ballot by mail (received, not postmarked): Tuesday, April 20

To vote by mail, you must first apply for a ballot. The Travis County Elections Division only sends out applications or ballots on specific request from a voter. If you voted by mail in an election last year, you will still need to apply for a ballot this year since vote-by-mail applications expire at the end of each calendar year. Down­load a ballot application here; for more info on vote-by-mail, visit the Travis County Clerk's Office elections webpage. You may also request a ballot application online at the Texas Secretary of State's website and an application will be mailed to you.

You may submit your application by mail, email, fax, or in person. If you submit your application by fax or email, it must also be sent by mail and received in the County Clerk's Office within four business days of your electronic submission (see email, fax, and mailing address below). If you submit your application in person, you must deliver it in person before the first day of early voting, Monday, April 19, at the County Clerk’s Office at 5501 Airport Blvd.

Email: ebbm@traviscountytx.gov
Fax: 512/854-3969
Mail: Dana DeBeauvoir
Travis County Clerk – Elections Division
PO Box 149325
Austin, TX 78714-9325
Deadline to turn in your completed ballot: May 1, postmarked; May 3 received

Additional Election Info

Travis Co.: www.traviscountyelections.org or 512/238-VOTE (8683).
Williamson Co.: www.wilco.org/elections or 512/943-1630.
Hays Co.: www.co.hays.tx.us/elections.aspx or 512/393-7310.

Propositions at a Glance

Prop A: Charter amendment allowing the Austin Firefighters Association to force the city into binding arbitration if they reach an impasse in collective bargaining.

Prop B: Code amendment prohibiting public camping, in addition to sitting or lying down on a public sidewalk or sleeping outdoors in and near Downtown and the UT-Austin area.

Prop C: Charter amendment permitting City Council to appoint or remove the Director of the Office of Police Oversight.

Prop D: Charter amendment moving Austin’s mayoral election to presidential election years.

Prop E: Charter amendment creating ranked-choice voting for city elections. If passed, voters would rank candidates instead of voting for just one candidate.

Prop F: Charter amendment changing Austin’s form of government from “council-manager” to “mayor-council,” also known as “strong mayor.” If passed, this would eliminate the city manager position; the mayor would not have a vote on Council but would have the authority to veto Council decisions.

Prop G: Charter amendment creating an 11th City Council district. Because the mayor would be rendered a non-voting member of Council if Prop F passed (see above), an 11th single-member district was proposed in an effort to avoid potential 5-5 deadlocks on Council. However, because Prop G is a standalone proposition, it is not dependent on Prop F’s passage or failure.

Prop H: Charter amendment creating a so-called “Democracy Dollars” public campaign finance program that, if passed, would provide up to two $25 vouchers to every registered voter who could then contribute them to candidates for city office.

City Lays Out Slow, Steady Plan to Enact Prop B
City Lays Out Slow, Steady Plan to Enact Prop B
Arrests will be a "last resort" in phased plan to move camp residents over coming months

May 13, 2021

May 1 Special Election Results: Austin Voters Tell City Leaders What They Don't Like
May 1 Special Election Results: Austin Voters Tell City Leaders What They Don't Like
Strong-mayor proposal fails spectacularly, while voters say "yes" to reinstating public camping ban

May 6, 2021

May 1 Special Election Results: First Five Win, Last Three Lose
May 1 Special Election Results: First Five Win, Last Three Lose
$1 million buys camping ban; strong-mayor couldn't be weaker

May 1, 2021

May 1 Special Election Early Voting Results Are In
May 1 Special Election Early Voting Results Are In
Big lead for Prop B, even bigger deficit for Prop F

May 1, 2021

We Have an Issue: Don’t Forget to Vote on Saturday
We Have an Issue: Don’t Forget to Vote on Saturday
A weird election, but an important one, too

April 29, 2021

Election Ticker: It’s a Long, Long While From May to November ...
Election Ticker: It’s a Long, Long While From May to November ...

April 29, 2021

God Don't Like Ugly: Austin Faith Leaders Unite to Smite Prop B
God Don't Like Ugly: Austin Faith Leaders Unite to Smite Prop B
But big money’s rolling in to back camping ban campaign

April 27, 2021

<i>Chronicle</i> Endorsements for the May 1 City of Austin Special Election
Chronicle Endorsements for the May 1 City of Austin Special Election
Our picks for the eight propositions you'll see on your ballot

April 15, 2021

Voting by Mail
Voting by Mail
Answers to Your VBM Questions

April 15, 2021

May 2021 Special Election
May 2021 Special Election
Early Voting April 19-27 • E-Day May 1

April 15, 2021

Unlikely Allies Unite to Beat Up on "Strong Mayor" Plan
Unlikely Allies Unite to Beat Up on "Strong Mayor" Plan
Democracy, now?

April 15, 2021

Fewer Fire Fights?
Fewer Fire Fights?
Unions back ballot measures in Austin, Pflugerville

April 15, 2021

What’s on the Ballot?
What’s on the Ballot?

April 15, 2021

May 2021 Special Election
Watch: Chronicle Hosts Discussion of Props D, E, G, & H (aka Democracy Dollars)
Austinites for Progressive Reform discusses various propositions

April 8, 2021

May 2021 Special Election
Watch: Chronicle Hosts Discussion of Prop F (aka Strong Mayor)
Both sides of the "Strong Mayor" debate

April 8, 2021

Watch: <i>Chronicle</i> Hosts Discussion of Prop B (aka the Camping Ban)
Watch: Chronicle Hosts Discussion of Prop B (aka the Camping Ban)
We talk with reps from Homes Not Handcuffs and Save Austin Now

April 8, 2021

Election Ticker: Democracy, Dollars
Election Ticker: Democracy, Dollars
Money printer go brrr in city proposition contests

April 8, 2021

Encampment Fires Add Fuel to Camping Ban Debate
Encampment Fires Add Fuel to Camping Ban Debate
Three blazes in one day spark calls for change to homeless policies

April 8, 2021

Meet the People Behind the Props With the <i>Chronicle</i>’s Virtual Election Forums
Meet the People Behind the Props With the Chronicle’s Virtual Election Forums
VIDEO: Local campaigns join News Editor Mike Clark-Madison to discuss what they’re supporting – or opposing – on the May 1 ballot

April 8, 2021

May 2021 Special Election
So, You Want to Vote By Mail, Now What?
Answers to your VBM questions

April 8, 2021

May 2021 Special Election
Travis County Voter Registration Deadline Is April 1
Early voting for the May 1 special election runs April 19-27

March 25, 2021

"Strong-Mayor" Proposal Divides Austin's Progressives
"Strong-Mayor" Proposal Divides Austin's Progressives
Power to the people?

March 4, 2021

May 2021 Special Election
What's on the May 1 Ballot?
Voters will decide "strong-mayor" leadership, public camping ban, and other local measures in special election

March 4, 2021

Election Time Again! Council Sets Propositions for May 1 Ballot
Election Time Again! Council Sets Propositions for May 1 Ballot
Local propositions to include strong mayor proposal and a reinstatement of the public camping ban

Feb. 11, 2021

Strong-Mayor Proposal Likely Headed to May Ballot
Strong-Mayor Proposal Likely Headed to May Ballot
Austinites for Progressive Reform submits 24,000 signatures

Jan. 14, 2021

Austin at Large: A Strong-Mayor Sweet Spot?
Austin at Large: A Strong-Mayor Sweet Spot?
Advocates throw some salt on the pleasant-tasting “pro-democracy” reform plan

Dec. 30, 2020

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