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Election Advisory No. 2012-09

To: All Cities, School Districts, and other Political Subdivisions
From: Keith Ingram, Director of Elections
Date: April 24, 2012
RE: Recount Deadlines for May 12, 2012 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 12, 2012 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 12, 2012 uniform election, the following dates apply:

Canvass Date*

Recount Request Deadine (Regular):

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 17, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 18, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 21, 2012 (Sec. 1.006)
Friday, May 18, 2012 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 21, 2012 (Sec. 1.006)
Saturday, May 19, 2012 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 21, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 25, 2012

Expedited Deadlines for Recount Requests

Applies IF your entity elects:

If these criteria apply to your entity, then for the May 12, 2012 uniform election date, the following dates apply:

Canvass Date*

Recount Request Deadine (Expedited):

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 17, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 18, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 21, 2012 (Sec. 212.088)**
Saturday, May 19, 2012 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 21, 2012 (Sec. 212.088)**
Sunday, May 20, 2012 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 21, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2012

*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 17, 2012 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 23rd Annual Election Law Seminar for Cities, School Districts, and other Political Subdivisions (2011). You can also find a copy of the outline at the following web address. The recount forms can be downloaded from our website. If you do not have the 2011 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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