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Date
5/1/2012

May 12 Election Includes City of San Antonio Charter Amendment Proposition

In this year’s general election, the people of San Antonio will decide whether or not they want to change how vacated City Council positions are filled through a proposed Charter Amendment. The Chamber has not taken a position on this issue.

The current appointment process gives the Mayor and council the authority to select a representative to fill the empty council seat. The proposed amendment would modify the process by calling for a special election if there is more than 270 days (approximately nine months) remaining in the term of a vacant council position. If less time remains, then the vacant position would be filled according to the current appointment process, where the mayor and council make the selection.   

The language on the ballot reads as follows:

City of San Antonio Charter Amendment Election:
“SHALL THE CITY CHARTER BE AMENDED TO FILL CITY COUNCIL VACANCIES BY SPECIAL ELECTION RATHER THAN APPOINTMENT WHEN MORE THAN 270 DAYS REMAIN IN THE UNEXPIRED COUNCIL TERM, AND TO PERMIT THE CITY COUNCIL TO APPOINT A TEMPORARY COUNCIL MEMBER UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE SPECIAL ELECTION CAN BE HELD”

For information on early voting locations, generic sample ballots or any other election inquires please visit http://elections.bexar.org.

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