Election - November 3, 2020

​AN IMPORTANT NOTE FROM THE CITY SECRETARY:

Pursuant to Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, the Governor of Texas has issued a proclamation suspending certain provisions of the Texas Election Code and the Texas Water Code to allow all local political subdivisions that are utilizing the May 2, 2020 uniform election date to postpone their election to the November 3, 2020 uniform election date. After discussion and careful consideration, the Elections Division of the Galveston County Clerk's Office has informed the City of Dickinson that it will not be providing the City with election services for the May election.

At its meeting on March 24, 2020, the City Council of the City of Dickinson ordered the postponement of the City's May 2, 2020 elections to the November 3, 2020 uniform election date.

It is important to note that this action preserves all candidate filings and ballot order actions that have already been taken. The postponement does not have the effect of reopening candidate filings. The Texas Secretary of State's Director of Elections has issued an advisory on this matter that provides interesting and important additional reading: https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/forms/adv-12-may-2-2020-uniform-election-date.pdf

Sincerely, Alun W. Thomas, City Secretary

Texas Secretary of State's Health Protocols for Voters

2020 General Election

 

The City Secretary conducts all City of Dickinson elections, and administers them in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas.

In accordance with the Texas Election Code, the City of Dickinson will hold a General Election on November 3, 2020, to elect a:
  • Mayor
  • Council Member At Large Position 1
  • Council Member At Large Position 3
  • Council Member At Large Position 5
The term of office for these positions is three years from November 2020 to May 2023. Pursuant to the City Charter of Dickinson, Members of Council must meet certain requirements, as listed here.

Notice is hereby given that applications for a place on the City of Dickinson, Texas, General Election ballot may be filed during the following times to the City Secretary.
  • Start Date: January 15, 2020
  • End Date: February 14, 2020
  • End Date Write-In Candidate: February 18, 2020

Application forms are available in the Election Packet, and additional information can always be found by contacting the City Secretary.

The City of Dickinson participates in Galveston County's Countywide Voting Program; qualified voters of the city may vote at any polling location within Galveston County, Texas.

2020 Special Election (Council Member)


The City Secretary conducts all City of Dickinson elections, and administers them in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas.

In accordance with the Texas Election Code, the City of Dickinson will hold a Special Election on November 3, 2020, to elect a:
  • Council Member At Large Position 2
The term of office for this positions is the length of the unexpired term: one and a half years from November 2020 to May 2022. Pursuant to the City Charter of Dickinson, Members of Council must meet certain requirements, as listed here.

Notice is hereby given that applications for a place on the City of Dickinson, Texas, Special Election ballot may be filed during the following times to the City Secretary.
  • Start Date: January 29, 2020
  • End Date: March 2, 2020
  • End Date Write-In Candidate: March 2, 2020

Application forms are available in the Election Packet, and additional information can always be found by contacting the City Secretary.

The City of Dickinson participates in Galveston County's Countywide Voting Program; qualified voters of the city may vote at any polling location within Galveston County, Texas.

2020 Special Election (City Charter Amendments)


The City Secretary conducts all City of Dickinson elections, and administers them in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas.

In accordance with the Texas Election Code, the City of Dickinson will hold a Special Election on May 2, 2020, to submit to the qualified voters of the City, for their action thereon, the following proposed amendments to the Dickinson City Charter:
  • PROPOSITION A:  Shall the Charter be amended to adopt the Council-Manager form of government?
  • PROPOSITION B:  Shall the Charter be amended to provide Council the power to provide for approval of subdivision plats and to carry out plans for areas destroyed by disaster?
  • PROPOSITION C:  Shall the Charter be amended to require a person to be a resident of the city for at least twelve months immediately preceding their election to the City Council?
  • PROPOSITION D:  Shall the Charter be amended to permit the City Council to appoint a person to fill a vacant Councilmember position within one year of a regular election?
  • PROPOSITION E:  Shall the Charter be amended to permit publication of ordinances, notices and other matters as permitted by State law?
  • PROPOSITION F:  Shall the Charter be amended to require an amendment relating to the administration of the City’s finances including requiring earlier submission of budget and publication of the budget as permitted by state law?
  • PROPOSITION G:  Shall the Charter be amended to increase the amount of the City’s disaster contingency fund?
  • PROPOSITION H:  Shall the Charter be amended to provide for the contract and purchase of goods and services consistent with state procurement laws?
  • PROPOSITION I:  Shall the Charter be amended to allow the appointment of Councilmembers to serve on boards, commissions and committees where permitted by State law?
  • PROPOSITION J:  Shall the Charter be amended to prohibit any City officer or employee from participating in any vote or decision in which the person has a personal interest?
  • PROPOSITION K:  Shall the Charter be amended to require the periodic review of the Charter by a Council appointed Charter Commission?
  • PROPOSITION L:  Shall the Charter be amended to permit the publication of the report of the Charter Review Commission on the City’s website?
  • PROPOSITION M:  Shall the Charter be amended to provide for gender neutral terminology and to correct other terms, spelling and capitalization without making any substantive changes?
  • PROPOSITION N:  Shall the Charter be amended to conform to the general laws of the State of Texas?
  • PROPOSITION O:  Shall the Charter be amended to permit Council to renumber and rearrange the sections of the Charter by ordinance?
  • PROPOSITION P:  Shall the Charter be amended to prohibit a former Mayor or Councilmember from holding any compensated appointive office or city employment within five (5) years after the expiration of the term?
  • PROPOSITION Q:  Shall the Charter be amended to prohibit an active employee from serving on any City board, commission or committee?
  • PROPOSITION R:  Shall the Charter be amended to delete the requirement that the Mayor Pro Tem becomes the Mayor in the event of a vacancy in the office of Mayor?
  • PROPOSITION S:     Shall the Charter be amended to allow for nonbinding referendums?
  • PROPOSITION T:  Shall the Charter be amended to limit the terms of office for the Mayor and Councilmembers?
  • PROPOSITION U:  Shall the Charter be amended to provide for compensation of the Mayor and Councilmembers not to exceed $75 per meeting or $1,800 per year, whichever is less?

Ordinance 949-2020 contains the full details of the proposed text amendments to the City Charter.

The City of Dickinson participates in Galveston County's Countywide Voting Program; qualified voters of the city may vote at any polling location within Galveston County, Texas.

Related Documents

Position on the General Election Ballot, as Determined by a Random Drawing

Mayor
  • Sean Skipworth
  • Mark Townsend
  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Jon L. Junemann
Position 1
  • H Scott Apley
  • Trey Rusk
Position 3
  • Walter Wilson
Position 5
  • Louis J. Decker
  • David W. Westmoreland

Position on the Special Election Ballot, as Determined by a Random Drawing:

Position 2 (Unexpired Term)
  • Jessie Brantley
  • Scott Shrader
  • Kevin D. Edmonds