Voting and Local Elections
Austin City Council has a ordered a special election and agreed on ballot language for eight propositions. The elections will take place on May 1, 2021. On March 1, 2021, the Zilker Executive Committee voted 6-2 to draft a resolution opposing Proposition F and put it to a vote of the General ZNA membership prior to the election. On March 24, ZNA held a special-called general membership meeting on March 24 to determine whether ZNA should oppose, support, or take no position on Proposition F (strong mayor). The vote was 27 to oppose, 0 to support, and 2 to take no position.
- Proposition A (Charter amendment regarding binding arbitration): Shall the City Charter be amended to give the Austin Firefighters Association, Local 975 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, the authority to require the City to participate in binding arbitration of all issues in dispute with the Association if the City and the Association reach impasse in collective bargaining negotiations?
- Proposition B (City Code amendment to prohibit certain activities): Proposition B: Shall an ordinance be adopted that would create a criminal offense and a penalty for sitting or lying down on a public sidewalk or sleeping outdoors in and near the Downtown area and the area around the University of Texas campus; create a criminal offense and penalty for solicitation, defined as requesting money or another thing of value, at specific hours and locations or for solicitation in a public area that is deemed aggressive in manner; create a criminal offense and penalty for camping in any public area not designated by the Parks and Recreation Department?
- Proposition C (Charter amendment regarding Director of Police Oversight): Shall the city charter be amended to allow for a Director of Police Oversight to be appointed or removed in a manner established by City Council ordinance, with duties that include the responsibility to ensure transparency and accountability as it relates to policing?
- Proposition D (Charter amendment to change date of mayoral elections): Shall the City Charter be amended to transition the election for mayor from gubernatorial election years to presidential election years, providing that the mayor elected in 2022 will serve a 2-year term and then mayoral elections will occur on the same date as presidential elections starting in 2024?
- Proposition E: (Charter amendment to create ranked choice voting for city elections): Shall the City Charter be amended to provide for the use of ranked choice voting in city elections, if such voting is permitted by state law?
- Proposition F (Charter amendment to change from a council-manager form of government): Shall the City Charter be amended to change the form of city government from ‘council-manager’ to ‘strong mayor-council,’ which will eliminate the position of professional city manager and designate an elected mayor as the chief administrative and executive officer of the city with veto power over all legislation which includes the budget; and with sole authority to hire and fire most department heads and direct staff; and with no articulated or stated charter authority to require the mayor to implement Council decisions.
- Full Language of Charter Amendent Changes (PDF)
- Website Supporting Strong Mayor
- Website Opposing Strong Mayor
- Proposition G (Charter amendment to add a geographic council district): Shall the City Charter be amended to provide for an additional geographic council district which will result in 11 council members elected from single member districts?
- Proposition H (Charter amendment to adopt voluntary public campaign finance program): Shall the City Charter be amended to adopt a public campaign finance program, which requires the city clerk to provide up to two $25 vouchers to every registered voter who may contribute them to candidates for city office who meet the program requirements?
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Precincts and Voting Locations
|Precinct||Polling Location and Address||Precinct Chair|
|307||Rollingwood Municipal Building
|332||Zilker Elementary School
1900 Bluebonnet Ln
|(D) Jeff Jack
|340||Zilker Elementary School
1900 Bluebonnet Ln
|(D) Maureen Dolan-Galaviz
(R) Kelton Dillard
|342||Barton Hills Elementary School
2108 Barton Hills Dr
|(D) Mary Ann Neely
(R) Sarah Norman
|356||Rollingwood Municipal Building
403 Nixon Dr