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Election Advisory No. 2011-03

To: All Cities, School Districts, and other Political Subdivisions
From: Ann McGeehan, Director of Elections
Date: April 14, 2011
RE: Recount Deadlines for May 14, 2011 General Election

Please note that there are two sets of recount filing deadlines.  Which set of deadlines (Regular vs. Expedited) applies to you is based on the method of election (i.e., majority or plurality).

Regular Deadlines for Recount Requests

Applies IF your entity elects:

Please note that candidates are elected by plurality vote unless the law specifically provides otherwise (e.g., statute, home-rule charter, court order).  The May 14, 2011 election must be canvassed no earlier than the third day after the election and no later than the eleventh day after the election.*  (See note below regarding earliest day canvass may occur.)  Secs. 2.001, 67.003, 212.028. 

If these criteria apply to your entity, then for the May 14, 2011 uniform election, the following dates apply:

CANVASS DATE* RECOUNT REQUEST DEADLINE (Regular)
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
5:00 p.m., Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
5:00 p.m., Monday, May 23, 2011 (Sec. 1.006)
Friday, May 20, 2011
5:00 p.m., Monday, May 23, 2011 (Sec. 1.006)
Saturday, May 21, 2011
5:00 p.m., Monday, May 23, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
5:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
5:00 p.m., Friday, May 27, 2011

Expedited Deadlines for Recount Requests

Applies IF your entity elects:

If this criteria applies to your entity, then for the May 14, 2011 uniform election date, the following dates apply:

CANVASS DATE* RECOUNT REQUEST DEADLINE (Expedited)
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 19, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
2:00 p.m., Friday, May 20, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
10:00 a.m., Monday, May 23, 2011 (Sec. 212.088)**
Saturday, May 21, 2011
10:00 a.m., Monday, May 23, 2011 (Sec. 212.088) **
Sunday, May 22, 2011
2:00 p.m., Monday, May 23, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 26, 2011

*NOTE: The canvass may not be conducted until the ballot board has: 1) verified and counted all provisional ballots, if a provisional ballot has been cast in the election, AND 2) counted all timely received ballots cast from addresses outside the United States, if a ballot by mail was provided to a person outside the United States.  (Note: Thursday, May 19, 2011 is the last day to receive carrier envelopes placed in the mail by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day from voters who are voting outside the United States.)

**Since this deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal state holiday, the deadline is extended to 10:00 a.m. of the next business day.  [Sec. 212.088]. 

Note About Joint Canvassing Authorities:

Section 271.011 of the Texas Election Code authorizes a joint canvassing authority.  If your joint election agreement designated a joint canvassing authority, please be advised that Section 212.026(b) of the Texas Election Code requires the recount petition to be filed with the presiding officer of your regular canvassing authority. 

Where to Find General Information on Conducting Recounts

Please be advised that an outline of the recount procedures and recount forms may be found in Chapter L of the handbook for the 22nd Annual Election Law Seminar for Cities, School Districts, and other Political Subdivisions (2010).  You can also find a copy of the outline online. The recount forms can be downloaded from our website.  If you do not have the 2010 seminar book and do not have access to the web, you may contact our office and request that the outline and forms be mailed directly to you.

If you need additional assistance, you may contact the Elections Division toll-free at 1-800-252-VOTE(8683).

c:    County Clerks/Elections Administrators (via email)

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