UPDATE: Austin City Council Elections

UPDATE: VOTERS GUIDE RELEASED

The League of Women Voters of the Austin Area issued their Voters Guide for the upcoming City Council elections for the City of Austin. Complete details about where and when to vote are included, as well as responses to questionaires sent to each of the candidates. Candidates were restricted to a specific word count and their involvement was voluntary.

The questions that were asked of each candidate were:
Question 1: “What training and experience qualify you for this office?”
Question 2: “What are your priorities for addressing Austin’s traffic problems?”
Question 3: “Since Austin Energy annually transfers a portion of its revenue to the City of Austin’s general fund, how do you propose to balance Austin Energy’s financial solvency with the city’s growing revenue needs?”
Question 4: “Austin currently had six council members and the mayor elected under a citywide, or ‘at-large’ system. Do you support or oppose a change from the at-large system to single-member districts or another council configuration? Please explain.”
Question 5: “Given the city’s budget constraints, what city services, programs, and tax incentives would you reduce?”

 The candidates who responded have essentially put their political platform on display in an effort to allow voters to make a more informed decision. Please take a look at the complete voters guide, including the responses to the questionaires, by clicking here.

REMINDER: EARLY VOTING STARTS TODAY

Early voting for the City Council of Austin begins today, May 2, 2011 and continues through Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at locations throughout town. See the League of Women Voters of the Austin Area Voters Guide for more detailed information about early voting.

SEE OUR ORIGINAL POST FROM APRIL 11, 2011 BELOW:

The Austin City Council will hold elections for 3 seats and you must be registered to vote by this Thursday, April 14, 2011 if you wish to have your voice heard. Turnout for City Council elections are generally very low, so every vote is extremely important. If you have a desire to influence the direction of Austin’s future, then now is the time to make sure you are registered and learn about the candidates.  The information that follows should be helpful in your efforts.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS

The next election for Austin City Council will occur on May 14, 2011.
Early voting starts on May 2, 2011 and will run through May 10, 2011.

The Austin City Council has three seats that will be contested in the next election. Every voter has the option to vote for one candidate in each of the contested districts as Austin does not have single-member district voting.  You do not need to vote in all three contests.

The Place 1 Election has four candidates (click on each name to visit their websites). 
Incumbent Chris Riley will defend his seat against Roger Chan, Josiah Ingalls, and Norman Jacobson.

The Place 3 Election has four candidates (click on each name to visit their websites). 
Incumbent Randi Shade will defend her seat against Kris Bailey, Michael “Max” Nofziger, and Kathie Tovo.

The Place 4 Election has three candidates (click on each name to visit their websites).
Incumbent Laura Morrison defends her seat against Toby Ryan Hill and Eric Rangel.

REGISTERING TO VOTE

To register to vote in the Austin City Council elections, you actually register with Travis County Voter Registration, the same entity that registers voters for statewide and national elections.  If you have previously registered with Travis County, then you are all set.  Registration is permanent unless you have moved or changed your name since the last election.

To be eligible to register and to vote, you must be:
• A citizen of the United States
• A resident of Travis County; to vote for Austin City Council, you must reside in Austin.
• At least 18 years of age
• Not have been declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
• Not be a convicted felon, unless your sentence has been fully discharged or you have been pardoned.

Where to Register:
• You may register online.  Click here to visit the Travis County Voter Registration website.
• You may register in person at 5501 Airport Blvd, 7:30 -5:30 M-F
• You may pick up forms and mail them in.  Forms are available at U.S. Post Offices in Travis County, Austin Public Libraries, and other locations throughout the area.

MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR

While Mission Mortgage of Texas does not endorse any specific candidates for the upcoming Austin City Council elections, we do encourage you to vote.  The Austin City Council has a direct impact on the future of our city and members are elected with the sole duty of representing the citizens of Austin.
Traditionally, because the Austin City Council elections are not held at the same time as our statewide and national elections, turnout is extremely low. Each vote, therefore, becomes more important in determining the overall results. To truly impact the future of Austin, now is the time to stand up and be heard. All too often we allow others to take on the responsibility of choosing our City Council members, when in fact it is our duty as an informed citizenry to influence the government of our city through open, public elections.
We are fortunate to live in a country where we are allowed to elect our leaders, without fear of reprisal. Please do not take your right to vote for granted. There are millions of people throughout the world who do not have the ability to elect their government and it is shame when participation in our elections is ignored, whether those elections are for the highest offices of our nation or for representation in our local governments.
I hope to see you at the polls.
~Michael Ikeya, Marketing Coordinator for Mission Mortgage of Texas, Inc., mikeya@missionmortgage.com
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