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The City of Dalworthington Gardens has been under contract with the Tarrant County Elections Administration for the entire election process for many years. The Mayor and City Council call the election in a public City Council meeting. The City Secretary's office accepts applications from persons filing for office. From those applications the City Secretary prepares the wording for the ballots and submits the wording to Tarrant County Elections Administration for ballot preparation.
Tarrant County Elections Administration produces the ballots. The Mayor, City Council and City Staff do not have access to ballots before, during or after elections. Tarrant County Elections Administration selects the Election Judges and the Election Clerks. Tarrant County Elections Administration provides election equipment. The equipment is tested and locked by Tarrant County Elections Administration staff before it is delivered to the voting site. The Mayor, City Council and City Staff are not given keys or passwords to operate the voting equipment. The voting equipment is not connected nor does it operate off the City server or other City lines. The Election Judges and Clerks are the only ones with access to ballots and the voting equipment during the elections. Early voting is conducted primarily off-site.
Election results are counted by the Tarrant County Elections Administration and the results emailed to City Staff from the Tarrant County Elections Administration in Fort Worth. The same results are posted on the Tarrant County Elections Administration website and available for public viewing. The final election results are emailed from Tarrant County Elections Administration and used by the City Secretary to prepare the canvassing item on City Council agenda following the election.
Election Sign Regulations
City Ordinances, Sec. 3.04.009 Location restrictions
No sign shall be erected, constructed, or maintained as follows:
(1) In violation of any provision of the comprehensive zoning ordinance of the city.
(2) So as to obstruct any fire escape, window, door, or other opening used as a means of egress or as legally required ventilation.
(3) On or attached to a fire escape.
(4) On or attached to any door or window casing.
(5) On or over any alley, park, light pole, utility pole, fire hydrant, or other object or structure situated on public property; provided that this provision shall not be construed as prohibiting the erection of signs by the city for the purpose of identification, direction, or information concerning traffic control.
(6) With any structural support or other portion thereof on or within any street right-of-way, parkway, alley, public sidewalk, park, or other public property.
Transportation Code, Sec. 393.002. SIGN PLACEMENT PROHIBITED.
Sec. 393.0025. MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY TO REGULATE SIGN PLACEMENT. (a) A person may not place a sign on the right-of-way of a road or highway maintained by a municipality unless the placement is authorized by the municipality.
(b) This section does not apply to the right-of-way of a road or highway in the state highway system.
Election Code, Sec. 61.003. ELECTIONEERING AND LOITERING NEAR POLLING PLACE.
(a) A person commits an offense if, during the voting period and within 100 feet of an outside door through which a voter may enter the building in which a polling place is located, the person:
(1) loiters; or
(2) electioneers for or against any candidate, measure, or political party.
(a-1) The entity that owns or controls a public building being used as a polling place may not, at any time during the voting period, prohibit electioneering on the building's premises outside of the area described in Subsection (a), but may enact reasonable regulations concerning the time, place, and manner of electioneering.
(b) In this section:
(1) "Electioneering" includes the posting, use, or distribution of political signs or literature. The term does not include the distribution of a notice of a party convention authorized under Section 172.1114.
(2) "Voting period" means the period beginning when the polls open for voting and ending when the polls close or the last voter has voted, whichever is later.
(c) An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.
May 1, 2021 General Election Information
The first day to file an application for Place on Ballot, for the positions of Alderman; Place 3; and Alderman, Place 4; and Alderman, Place 5, in the May 1, 2021 General Election will be January 13, 2021; the last day to file an Application for Place on Ballot will be February 12, 2021.