You Can’t Vote Fuqua This Time But You Can Still Shake it Up

I’ve received a few e-mails asking about write-in candidates for the May election. It seems there were a few with last minute plans to pencil in Max Fuqua. Not a bad idea. But too late. Steve Mace points out:

Like the vast majority of municipalities in Texas , University Park does not have a provision for “open” write-ins. Residents considering a write-in candidacy in a general municipal election must file a declaration form with the city secretary.  This form must be filed by 5 p.m. of the 5th day after the regular filing deadline.  For this election the filing deadline for write-in candidacy was March 12, 2010. 

Early this year, well before that deadline, the City’s Web site contained a link to the Secretary of State’s Web site to assist those who were interested in running for a Council seat.

For specifics regarding write-in candidates, here is the applicable page from the Secretary of State’s Web site.

Is it just me or is there a total giddiness in the air over the possible shake-up? And not just in UP, HP has an underdog with potential.

Vote, people, vote.

2 thoughts on “You Can’t Vote Fuqua This Time But You Can Still Shake it Up

  • April 28, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I for one, am very disappointed. According to the website that Steve Mace refers to: ““Open” Write-In Votes Are Permitted Except as Provided by Law.”. That means that sometime in the past, our City of UP created a law to prohibit write-in voting. That just seems un-American.

    Oh, well. Let’s get the new bumper stickers out: “Max 2012”

  • April 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Ddad, on your behalf, I talked with the County Election Office. In my earlier posting when I said, “the vast majority of municipalities,” I was in error. There are no municipalities, school boards, or contests at the state level that allow for write-in candidates during the actual polling process unless that individual has declared their candidacy with the appropriate entity. The County Election Office says the state legislature made that change 15-20 years ago. Again, in order to vote for a write-in candidate, that candidate has to declare his candidacy within 5 days of the candidate filing deadline.


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