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The City of Jamaica Beach is hereby accepting applications for a place on the General Election ballot.  The Election is scheduled to be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 for more details, please click on the Notice of Deadline below.
ELECTION NOTICES:  
         
Notice of Deadline to File Applications for Place on the Ballot
The above link is a copy of the Official Notice of Deadline to File Applications for a Place on the Ballot posted at City Hall.  The above Notice provides the dates in which an Application for a Place on the Ballot can be submitted to the City Secretary.
         
Order of Election - Revised
The above link is a copy of the Order of Election.  The Order of Election provides the date of the election; the purpose of the election; early voting by personal appearance locations, dates and hours; and the mailing address to request an application for ballot by mail.
 
Notice of Election
The above link is a copy of the Notice of General Election.  The Notice of General Election provides the date of the election; the purpose of the election; early voting by personal appearance and election day locations, dates and hours; and the mailing address to request an application for ballot by mail.
 
Notice of Drawing for a Place on the Ballot
The above link is a copy of the Notice of Drawing for a Place on the Ballot.  The notice provides the date, time and location of the drawing of Candidate names for a place on the election ballot.
         
CANDIDATE INFORMATION AND FORMS:
 
Application for Place on the Ballot        
Click on the above link to obtain an Application for a Place on the Ballot.  The loyalty oath is included on this form and must be signed in the presence of a notary.  The application must be filed with the City Secretary, starting at 8:00 a.m. on January 18, 2017 thru 5:00 p.m. on February 17, 2017.
Cover Letter to Candidates
The above cover letter is from the City Secretary to Candidates; it explains the required forms to run for Mayor or Alderman.  Please download all the below forms or you may pick-up a packet from City Hall.
 
First Steps for Candidate Running for a City Office
The above link is an easy guide for New Candidates wanting to run for City Office.
 
Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate - Instruction Guide
Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate - Form CTA
The above form must be filed before you may accept a campaign contribution; make or authorize a campaign expenditure, including an expenditure from your personal funds and/or submit your Application for a Place on the Ballot.
 
Candidate/Officeholder Campaign Finance Report - Instruction Guide
Candidate/Officeholder Campaign Finance Report - Form C/OH
The above form is to be filed with the City Secretary on dates specified on the form.  There is a modified reporting statement for those candidates not planning to spend more than $500, which is attached to the Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate (reference above).
 
Chapter 258, Election Code, Fair Campaign Practices Act
Subscription to the Code of Fair Campaign Practices is voluntary; however, you are encouraged to do so.
 
Code of Fair Campaign Practices - Form CFCP
This form is to be filed with the City Secretary upon submission of the Campaign Treasurer Appointment form.
 
Texas Ethics Commission 2017 Filing Schedule for Reports
This will inform you when pre-election and semiannual reports are due.
 
Campaign Finance Guide for Local Candidates
The guide pertains to the filing requirements of campaign expenditure reports. Please read carefully.
 
Political Advertising - Texas Election Law Guide
Ordinance 87-9
Both links pertain to political advertising.  Please read carefully.
 
Appointment of a Poll Watcher Form
Use the above form if you wish to use a poll watcher on the day of the Election.  Effective September 1, 2007 a person (anyone in the polling place) is prohibited from using a wireless device (e.g., cell phone) within 100 feet of a voting station.  There is no new language in the oath because the new law didn't amend the oath.  The new law prohibits usage of the wireless device.
 
It is the duty of the candidate to become familiar with the law applicable to campaigns for office.  While the candidates may certainly expect the City Secretary to be able to advise them when reports are due, the duty of the City Secretary is limited to accepting and filing the various applications, affidavits and statements, and noting the date and time of the filing thereon.  The City Secretary should not be expected to judge or comment upon the timeliness or sufficiency of reports filed.  These documents are public records and are open for inspection by any person.  If you have any questions regarding these forms, please contact the Texas Ethics Commission at 1-512-463-5800 or visit their website at www.ethics.state.tx.us.

If you have any additional questions, please contact the City Secretary, Lupe Rushing at 409-737-1142.

 
You may also visit the Galveston County Election Divisions website at www.galvestonvotes.org for additional election information.
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