November 3, 2020 Uniform Election Information
Note: This page has been updated as of August 23, 2020 at 8:48pm
THE GENERAL ELECTION SCHEDULED FOR MAY 2, 2020 HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL NOVEMBER 3, 2020.
Dallas County Elections Department began using Vote Centers in November 2019. This means that voters in Dallas County may vote on Election Day at any Dallas County polling location. This is similar to how early voting is conducted now where voters can early vote at any early voting site in the county in which they are registered.
According to the City of DeSoto City Charter it states, "The City’s General Election shall be held annually on the uniform election day in May as prescribed by the Texas Election Code, at which time officers will be elected to fill those offices which become vacant that year. The City Council shall fix the hours and place for holding such elections. All candidates for the City Council shall file for one place and shall be elected to that place by obtaining a majority of the votes cast."
In addition, it states, "Any qualified person who desires to become a candidate for election to the office of Mayor or City Councilmember shall file an application for a place on the ballot with the City Secretary as provided by the Texas Election Code." Such notice has been posted under Election - Public Postings.
DeSoto Mayor and City Council
|Councilmember||Current Elected Official||Term Ends|
|Mayor - Place 1||Curtistene S. McCowan||May 2022|
|Mayor Pro Tem Place 7||Kenzie Moore, III||May 2021|
|Councilmember Place 2||Kay Brown-Patrick||May 2020*|
|Councilmember Place 3||Nicole Raphiel||May 2022|
|Councilmember Place 4||Andre’ Byrd, Sr.||May 2020*|
|Councilmember Place 5||Dr. Dinah Marks||May 2022|
|Councilmember Place 6||Candice Quarles||May 2021|
*An election will be held on November 3, 2020, for terms ending in May 2020. All offices are for a three-year term.
Qualifications to run for City Council are as follows:
1. Must be a citizen of the United States.
2. Must be qualified voter of the State of Texas.
3. Must be at least 18 years of age.
4. Must have resided for at least 1 year. *
*Must have resided for a least 1 year as of the deadline for filing for office within the council-represented district to which he or she seeks election, except for the Mayor, who may be a resident of any district of the City. Councilmembers shall continuously reside within the district from which he or she was elected during the person’s term of office, except for the Mayor, who may reside in any area of the City.
In addition, a member of the Council ceasing to possess any of the qualifications specified under state law, or any other section of the Charter, or if convicted of a felony while in office, shall immediately forfeit his or her office. No member of the Council shall hold any other public office except as provided in the Constitution of the State of Texas.
No new applications will be accepted for the November 3, 2020 Uniform Election.
The following individuals have submitted an application for a place on the ballot (in order of filing)
Place 4: Andre’ Byrd, Sr.
Place 2: jean Green-Frazier
Pierette Parker (Ms. Parker has withdrawn her application)
In addition to the General Election, the City will hold a Special Election for the following Propositions:
Proposition A: The authorization for the abolition of the sales and use tax within the City of DeSoto for the promotion and development of new and expanded business enterprises pursuant to Section 504.251, Texas Local Government Code, as amended currently at the rate of 0.375 percent; and the adoption, in the place of such abolished tax, of local sales and use tax in the City of DeSoto at a rate of 0.375 percent to be used for the promotion and development of new and expanded business enterprises and all other public purposes pursuant to Section 505.251, Texas Local Government Code; all of which would result in no net increase in the sales and use tax collected by the City of DeSoto.
Additional information: A 0.375% local sales tax is currently collected in DeSoto to fund economic development programs that support primary job creation, known as a Type A sales tax. The City of DeSoto is asking voters to expand the list of economic development programs that can be funded with this local Type B sales tax to include primary job creation as well as projects considered to be community development initiatives such as land, buildings, equipment, facilities, expenditures, and improvements for professional and amateur sports facilities, park facilities and events, entertainment and tourist facilities as authorized by the Texas Local Government Code. The expanded use sales tax is known as a Type B sales tax.
Proposition B: Shall Article II: Section 1 of the City Charter be amended to provide for the Mayor receiving compensation in the amount of $1,250.00 monthly and Council Members receiving compensation in the amount of $1,000 monthly for their duties effective January 1, 2021 and further requiring the Council to adopt in the Council Rules and Procedures a minimum attendance policy for such compensation.
Additional information: Annual financial impact is as follows:
City Council $90,000.00
Total Wages: $110,000.00
Employer Share SS/MEDI $4,975.00
Workers Comp $254.00
Total Cost: $115,229.00
Proposition C: Shall Article II; Section 7 of the City Charter be amended to provide for the selection of the Mayor Pro Tem from among six (6) Councilmembers shall occur at the first regular meeting following either the general city election or run-off election if such occurs.
Early Voting by personal appearance will begin on October 13, 2020 through October 30, 2020 and be conducted at Disciple Central Community Church (DC3) located at 901 North Polk Street, Suite 101, DeSoto, Texas 75115.
On Election Day (November 3, 2020), the following Vote Center locations are available in the City of DeSoto (visit www.dallascountyvotes.org for all other Dallas County locations):
Faith Bible Church – 1437 W. Pleasant Run Road (Gym)
Ruby Young Elementary – 707 Young Blvd. (Gym)
DC3 – 901 N. Polk Street, Suite 101 (Classroom 104)
The Meadows Elementary – 1016 The Meadows Parkway (Gym)
Cockrell Hill Elementary – 425 S. Cockrell Hill Road (Gym)
DeSoto High School – 600 Eagle Drive (Gym)
Belt Line Conference Center – 200 E. Belt Line Road (Conference Room)
Early Voting Application Ballot by Mail to:
Toni Pippins-Poole - Joint Election Early Voting Clerk
Dallas County Elections
1520 Round Table Drive
Dallas, Texas 75247
Note: You can also email the application for ballot by mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.