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City Council August 30, 2011 City Clerk Election Presentation on SB100

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  • Rental for equipment ~ $170 per setup
  • Election Day: 6 wks per poll @ $50 for 14 hours = $700 eqmt 170 *Early voting add $15 for additional eqmt for 7 days - $105 delivery 12.5 kit 25 training 15 TOTAL $923 FOR 27 = $24,908 FOR 8 = $7,380 Workers: $7.55/Hr @ 40/hrs for 2-4 workers for 6 weeks = $3624 - 7248 $7.55/Hr @ 40/hrs for 2-4 workers for 8 weeks = $4832 - 9664
  • Charter: SECTION 43. ELECTION DAY: The regular municipal election for the City shall be held on a day set by the City Council which will comply with State law. (Amended 5/6/89)
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    • 1. City Council August 30, 2011
    • 2. SB 100
      • PASSED BY STATE LEGISLATURE
      • SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
      • PURPOSE: To Implement Federal MOVE Act
    • 3. FEDERAL MOVE ACT
      • MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTER ENHANCEMENT (MOVE) ACT
      • FEDERAL LAW – TEXAS MUST COMPLY
      • May require us to “MOVE” the even year elections
    • 4. SB 100
      • OPTIONS FOR CITIES UNDER SB 100
      • Continue to hold elections every May, including even numbered years, but Counties do not have to assist or provide equipment
    • 5. City Conducts Election
      • Conducting our own Election would be costly
      • Cost for San Angelo to purchase DRE Voting equipment for 27 Polling Places:
        • Estimated at $25K Initial cost for one setup (1 eSlate & 1 dau) and related equipment ~ $800K to $1M
        • Yearly Maintenan ce $50,000 for all equipment
        • Training
      • Would need secured storage space
      • City would pay for all the equipment – no federal funds available as provided by HAVA
      • OTHER OPTIONS:
    • 6. Maintain May Election
      • Partner with ISDs and split the cost
      • Decrease the number of polling places from 27 to 8 (requires preclearance from Department of Justice) decreasing cost from $27,908 to $7,380
      • Staff polls with 6 to 7 people versus 3 to 4
      • Hire a specialized team for Training Purposes
        • 3-4 employees at $9.00/hr @ 56 hours = $1,512-$2,016
        • 2-4 employees to help as needed at the various levels at $7.55/hr @ 6-8 weeks = $3,624 - $9,664
      • Begin a transition plan to go paperless within three years
    • 7. Limited Duties of Additional Staff
      • Due to the security, only core staff will be able to conduct core functions, e.g. programming, predefining equipment, running equipment on election night, voter packages, etc.
    • 8. NOVEMBER
      • Move elections to November beginning in 2012
      • Maintain two years terms
      • All positions’ terms automatically extended for six months to end in November
    • 9. NOVEMBER
      • PROS:
      • Higher voter turnout
      • If City goes to November elections, cost split
      • Voter Convenience
      • More emphasis on elections
      • Citizens able to vote in local elections every year
    • 10. NOVEMBER
      • Estimated cost varies depending on county election type, with city included:
      • CONST. AMENDMENT = $35,000 EACH
      • GOVERNOR’S RACE = $45,000 EACH
      • PRESIDENTIAL = $55,000 EACH
      • Cost estimates based on city wide and school district wide elections – if single member districts only, then costs would be based on early voting costs and our portion of precincts in contested SMDs
    • 11. NOVEMBER
      • CONS:
      • IF SAISD cancels election, our cost goes up to $19,500-$36,000 for city-wide election
      • Possibility of more undervotes due to straight party voters
      • Runoffs in December
      • Hard to educate with publicity due other races
      • Timing of other measures
    • 12. MAY
      • OR:
      • Change term length to hold elections every other May and only in odd numbered years
      • Options: two year terms or four year terms
    • 13. MAY – TWO YEARS
      • Two year terms - all seven seats up every other May – would require unstaggering and possibly limit the number of term to four years
      • Cancel May 2012 election with transition plan as follows:
    • 14. MAY – 2 Year Terms
      • SMD 1 – 1 year holdover 2013-2015
      • SMD 2 – MAY 2013
      • SMD 3 – 1 year holdover 2013-2015
      • SMD 4 – MAY 2013
      • SMD 5 – 1 year holdover 2013-2015
      • SMD 6 – MAY 2013
      • MAYOR – MAY 2013
      • Police Chief – 1 year holdover 2013-2017
    • 15. May – 2 Year Terms
    • 16. FOUR YEAR TERMS
      • Four year terms - 4/3 staggered terms and possibly implement term limits of eight years
      • Four year terms would require holdovers and one special election
      • Cancel the May 2012 election with transition plan as follows:
    • 17. MAY – FOUR YEAR Including Special Election to Change Term
      • SMD 1 – 1 year holdover 2013-2015 Next Election 2017
      • SMD 2 – 2013 Next election 2017
      • SMD 3 – 1 year holdover 2013-2015 Next Election 2017
      • SMD 4 – 2013 Next election 2017
      • SMD 5 – 1 year holdover 2013-2015 Next Election 2017
      • SMD 6 – 2013 Next election 2017
      • MAYOR – 1 year holdover 2013-2015 Next Election 2017
      • Police Chief - 1 year holdover 2013-2017
    • 18. May 4 Year Transition
    • 19. SB 100
      • CONS – TWO YEAR TERMS:
      • All seven Council seats up for election every two years
      • Entire Council could turn over
      • No guarantee or no continuity
    • 20. SB 100
      • PROS OF TWO YEAR TERMS:
      • Voters engaged in City wide election every two years
      • Only have general election costs every two years
    • 21. SB 100
      • CONS OF FOUR YEAR TERMS:
      • Some may view four years as too long in office; Possibly recommend term limits under Charter to eight years
    • 22. SB 100
      • PROS OF FOUR YEAR TERMS:
      • Allows staggering of terms with the 4/3 split
      • Cost effective if we split with the ISDs
      • Only have general election costs every two years
    • 23. SB 100
      • HOW?
      • SB 100 allows Council to change the election date from May to November or odd-number year terms to even-numbered year terms by resolution
      • Under the current Charter, City Council authorizes the calling of the elections
      • Special Charter Election to change the terms from 2 to 4 years
    • 24. SB 100
      • Recommended we be consistent with the ISD
      • Election Code requires cities to contract with ISDs to keep local elections on the same ballot and to save both entities monies
      • DIRECTION?
    • 25. OVERVIEW OF OPTIONS
      • Move to November
      • Purchase Electronic Voting Equipment and conduct our own election
      • Continue with May and partner with ISDs to purchase additional equipment and hire additional staff
      • Unstagger terms and hold elections only odd-numbered years
      • Keep staggered terms and extend terms from 2 to 4 years