Allen City Council officially orders general election

Mayor Ken Fulk, pictured at the Tuesday Allen City Council meeting.

In a Tuesday meeting, the Allen City Council voted unanimously to formally authorize the city manager to enter into a joint election services agreement with Collin County’s Elections Administrator.

This agreement will give the County the authority to determine polling locations for the general election and to serve as the election administrator for the city. The resolution cited the Allen Parks and Recreation building and the Allen ISD Municipal Services Center as designated Election Day polling places and the Collin County Elections Office in McKinney as a designating early voting station.

The agenda item also determined that in-person voters would cast their ballots via the ExpressVote Universal Voting System, EVS 6.0.2.0. A 2019 review by the Texas Secretary of State’s Elections Division concluded that the voter machine software and its accompanying printer and scanner “meet the standards for certification as prescribed by Section 122.001 of the Texas Election Code.”

Voters will have say in races for Allen City Council and Allen ISD’s Board of Trustees, whose elections are running concurrently. The former will consist of races for Places 1, 3 and 5, while the latter will be comprised of races for Places 1, 2 and 3. The filing period for candidates wishing to be on the ballot expires on Feb. 12 at 5 p.m.

Allen’s general election is slated to take place on Saturday, May 1, with early voting happening from April 19 to April 27. Those who wish to not vote via machinery can send mail-in ballots, which will be distributed and collected by the county’s Elections Administrator until April 20.

The winners of the election will be sworn in on May 11, unless a situation occurs wherein “no candidate receives a majority of all the votes cast,” in which case, a runoff election would be held on June 5.

The voter registration deadline is Thursday, April 1. Those looking to register must be at least 18 years old on the day of the election, be a U.S. citizen and resident of Allen, not be deemed mentally incapacitated by a court and not be convicted of a felony.

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