ORDINANCE NO. 0-2023-06

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PHARR, TEXAS, AUTHORIZING A GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON MAY 6, 2023, FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING A MAYOR, COMMISSIONER PLACE 1, COMMISSIONER PLACE 5, AND COMMISSIONER PLACE 6; PROVIDING FOR THE PUBLICATION AND POSTING OF NOTICE; PROVIDING FOR EARLY VOTING; PROVIDING FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF ELECTION OFFICIALS; ESTABLISHING REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS OF THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE ON THE DAYS OF EARLY VOTING BY PERSONAL APPEARANCE; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE

 

WHEREAS, The City of Pharr, Texas is a home rule municipal corporation in Hidalgo County, Texas; and

 

WHEREAS, Section 41.001(a)(1) of the Texas Election Code establishes the first Saturday of May 2023, as a uniform election day for the purposes of conducting a general election; and

 

WHEREAS, Section 3.004(a) (3) of the Texas Election Code provides that the governing body of a municipality shall be the authority to order a general election of electing municipal officers.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF CITY COMMISSIONERS OF THE CITY OF PHARR, TEXAS, THAT:

 

SECTION 1. A general municipal election is hereby ordered to be held on the 6th day of May 2023, for the purpose of electing the following city officers:

 

Mayor

Commissioner Place # 1

Commissioner Place # 5

Commissioner Place # 6

 

SECTION 2. The hours during which the polling places for each voting precinct are to be open on Election Day shall be from 7:00 o'clock a.m. to 7:00 o'clock p.m.

 

SECTION 3. The election precincts and polling places for the general election to be held in the City of Pharr, Hidalgo County, Texas are described in Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part of this Ordinance for all purposes.

 

In the event the Mayor shall find that one or more of the polling places designated above shall have become unavailable or unsuitable for use at the Election, he is hereby authorized to designate substitute polling places and provide such notice as required by applicable law.

 


SECTION 4. The Election shall be held under the provisions of the Charter of the City of Pharr, the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas and United States, and this Ordinance.

 

SECTION 5. The City Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to have prepared and provided the ballots for the Election and any other necessary supplies and services to conduct said Election.

 

SECTION 6. The order in which the names of the candidates are to be printed on the ballot shall be determined by a drawing of the City Clerk as provided by section

52.094 of the Texas Election Code.

 

The form of the ballot for the election shall be as follows:

 

OFFICIAL BALLOT

General Election

City of Pharr, Texas

May 6, 2023

 

INSTRUCTION NOTE: Vote for the candidate of your choice in each race by placing an "X" in the square beside the candidate's name.

 

For Mayor (Vote for one)

            (candidates' name)

            (candidates' name)

For Commissioner, Place No. 1 (Vote for one)

            (candidates' name)

           (candidates' name)

For Commissioner, Place No. 5 (Vote for one)

            (candidates' name)

           (candidates' name)

For Commissioner, Place No. 6 (Vote for one)

            (candidates' name)

           (candidates' name)

 

SECTION 7. Voting at the Election shall utilize a voting system approved pursuant to the provisions of the Texas Election Code and/or the United States Department of Justice, as applicable ("an approved voting system").

 

SECTION 8. The City Clerk is designated as Early Voting Clerk for the Election.

The City Clerk will appoint Deputy Early Voting Clerks for the Election.

 


SECTION 9. The dates and times for early voting by personal appearance shall be at the locations for the general election as shown on Exhibit "B" hereto. If the Deputy Early Voting Clerk or any clerk appointed hereby to assist the Early Voting Clerk is an employee of the City of Pharr, Texas, then such person shall serve as clerk without additional compensation unless the clerk is required to work on a day which is not a regular city workday or during hours which are not regular city workday hours. In this latter case, the clerk shall be compensated at the person's regular hourly rate for the hours worked that are not part of a regular city workday, properly adjusted for overtime or holiday pay, if applicable.

 

SECTION 10. The Early Voting Clerk shall receive applications for early voting ballots to be voted by mail in accordance with the Election Code. Applications for Election ballots to be voted by mail shall be mailed to:

 

Early Voting Clerk

City of Pharr, Texas

118 S. Cage 4th Floor

P. O. Box 1729

Pharr, Texas 78577

 

Or request an application by phone at 956-402-4100; fax at 956-702-5313; or email hilda.pedraza@pharr-tx.gov or imelda.perez@pharr-tx.gov .

 

SECTION 11. The election materials as outlined in Section 272.005, Texas Election Code, shall be printed in both English and Spanish for use at the polling places and for early voting for said election.

 

SECTION 12. This Ordinance constitutes the election order for the Election and notice of the Election shall be given by publication and posting as required by the Texas Election Code and other applicable law.

 

SECTION 13. It is hereby found, determined and declared that a written notice of the date, hour, place and subject of the meeting of the City Commission at which this Ordinance was adopted was given for the time required by law preceding this meeting as required by the Open Meetings Law, Chapter 551, Texas Government Code, as amended, and that this meeting has been open to the public as required by law at all times during which this Ordinance and the subject matter thereof has been discussed, considered and formally acted upon. The City Commission further ratifies, approves, and confirms such written notice and the contents and posting thereof.

 

SECTION 14. The Mayor is authorized to execute, and the City Clerk is authorized to attest this Election Order on behalf of the Board of City Commissioners. The Mayor is further authorized to do all other things legal and necessary in connection with the holding and consummation of the Election.

 


SECTION 15. The importance of the subject matter hereof creates an emergency and an imperative public necessity requiring the suspension of the rule that Ordinance be read on three separate days, and such rule is hereby suspended and said requirement is dispensed with by a vote of not less than a majority of all the members of the Board of Commissioners. This Ordinance shall take effect and be in full force from and after its passage and approval.

 

PASSED AND APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF CITY COMMISSIONERS OF

THE CITY OF PHARR, TEXAS, on this the 6th day of February, 2023.

 

 


CITY OF PHARR

Ambrosio "Amos" Hernandez, Mayor

 

 

 

ATTEST:


Hilda Pedraza, City Clerk

 

 

 


 

EXHIBIT "A"

 

POLLING LOCATIONS FOR MAY 6, 2023 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION

 

 

HIDALGO COUNTY

ELECTION PRECINCT NOS.

 

CITY POLLING PLACES

 

ADDRESS

 

61, 116 and 240

 

Polling Place No. 1

 

3001 N. Cage Blvd. Pharr, Texas

Pharr Natatorium

 

6, 35, and 147

 

Polling Place No. 2

 

1011 W. Kelly Pharr, TX

Jose "Pepe" Salinas Recreation

Center

 

60, 115, and 168

 

Polling Place No. 3

 

1121 E. Nolana Pharr-, TX

Pharr One Building

 

25, 36,258, and 208

 

Polling Place No. 4

 

118 S. Cage Blvd. Pharr, TX

Pharr City Hall

 

5, 122, 137, 146 and 227

 

Polling Place No. 5

 

850 W. Dicker Road
Pharr, TX

Development & Research Center


 

EXHIBIT "B"

 

City of Pharr Early Voting Schedule
May 6, 2023 - General Election

 

Early Voting shall commence on Monday, April 24, 2023 and terminate on Tuesday, May 2, 2023. The main polling place for early voting by personal appearance shall be at the Jose "Pepe" Salinas Recreation Center, 1011 W. Kelly, Pharr, Texas.

 

A temporary branch early voting polling place for early voting by personal appearance shall be at the Development & Research Center, 850 W. Dicker Road, Pharr, Texas. Any voter who is entitled to vote an early voting ballot by personal appearance may do so at the temporary branch early voting polling place. Early voting shall be conducted in accordance with the Texas Election Code on the following days, dates, and hours during the early voting period.

 

 

Day

 

Date

 

Hours

Monday

April 24, 2023

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday

April 25, 2023

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday

April 26, 2023

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday

April 27, 2023

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday

April 28, 2023

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday

April 29, 2023

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday

April 30, 2023

CLOSED

Monday

May 1, 2023

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday

May 2, 2023

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.