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Live Blog: 2012 City Charter Amendment Election Results

FINAL RESULTS – All nine propositions pass.

With all 23 College Station precincts reporting, here are the totals (this does not include 407 provisional ballots):

Proposition No. 1 (Initiative, Referendum and Recall)

  • FOR:  80.7% (15,000)       AGAINST:  19.3% (3,590)

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2012 Election: Gender neutrality, oath of office among proposed amendments

NOTE: This is the last in a series of five blog posts that examine the City of College Station’s nine proposed charter amendments that appear on the November election ballot. The charter is the city’s governing document.

Two of the amendments concern the oath of office for city council members and the adoption of gender neutral language in the charter. Click on the proposition name to see the actual changes that would be made to the charter language if voters approve the proposition.

Proposition No. 4

FOR/AGAINST: Shall Article XII (General Provisions), Section 118 (Oath of Office) of the College Station City Charter be repealed and a new section added to Article IX (Nominations & Elections), providing for an oath of office?

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2012 Election: Proposition No. 8 would change conflict of interest language

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth in a series of five blog posts that examine the City of College Station’s nine proposed charter amendments that appear on the November election ballot. The charter is the city’s governing document.

Amendment No. 8 deals with the conflict of interest provisions in the charter. Click on the proposition name to see the actual changes that would be made to the charter language if voters approve the proposition.

Proposition No. 8

FOR/AGAINST: Shall the language in Article XII (General Provisions), Section 115 (Personal Interest) of the College Station City Charter be replaced with language providing that members of City Council and any officer or employee of the City shall comply with state law pertaining to conflicts of interest of local government officials, including TEXAS LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE, Chapter 171?

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2012 Election: Amendments No. 2 and No. 5 address charter language, processes

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a series of five blog posts that will examine the City of College Station’s nine proposed charter amendments that appear on the November election ballot. The charter is the city’s governing document.

Two of the nine amendments address language and processes in the charter. One concerns the process of filling a vacancy on the city council and the other defines a business and calendar day throughout the document. Click on the proposition name to see the actual changes that would be made to the charter language if voters approve the propositions.

Proposition No. 2

FOR/AGAINST: Shall Article III (The City Council), Section 21 (Vacancies) of the College Station City Charter be amended to authorize a process to be followed to call an election in the event of a vacancy in the office of Mayor and in the event of a vacancy in the office of Mayor and all Council Members?

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2012 Election: Two proposed charter amendments would affect recall provisions

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of five blog posts that will examine the City of College Station’s nine proposed charter amendments that appear on the November election ballot. The charter is the city’s governing document.

Two of the nine proposed amendments (Nos. 1 and 3) to College Station’s City Charter concern the Initiative, Referendum and Recall section. Click on the proposition name to see the actual changes that would be made to the charter language if voters approve the propositions.

Proposition No. 1

FOR/AGAINST: Shall Article X (Initiative, Referendum, Recall), Sections 94 (Recall; General), 95 (Recall Procedure), 96 (Recall Petitions), and 97 (Recall Election) of the College Station City Charter be amended to require grounds for removal of Council Members by recall; provide that such grounds be included in the recall affidavit and in the recall petitions; allow the City Secretary a reasonable time to deliver the recall petition blanks; clarify the City Secretary’s role in examining the recall petitions; and amend the number of days allowed for an officer whose removal is sought to resign?

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A closer look at the proposed city charter amendments

If you plan to vote in the 2012 election, chances are you have a pretty good idea about how you are voting to fill national, state and local offices, but you may not have fully examined the nine proposed amendments to College Stations’ City Charter.

If you wait until you vote, you may find the ballot language a bit confusing, so it’s important to know what you are voting for – or against – before you head to your polling place. In the next few days, we’ll be blogging about each of the proposed amendments to help clarify what each proposition means.

Here’s the blog schedule:

One more thing: When you vote, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the ballot to participate in your local elections. Since municipal elections are non-partisan, a straight-party vote will not include these important items. You must vote for these issues separately. Click here to view a sample ballot.

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