Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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January 24, 2013

Burleson plans for city, school elections


Burleson City Secretary Amanda McCrory laid out plans for this spring’s city and school board elections for council members during Tuesday’s Burleson City Council meeting.

McCrory told council members that she will present an official call for the election at the council’s Feb. 4 meeting and ask council members then to approve an agreement between the city and Johnson County to use the county’s direct marked ballot voting machine for the election.

Up for election this spring are City Council Place 1, held by Stuart Gillaspie, Place 3, held by Jerry Allen, and Place 5, held by Dan McClendon; and Burleson ISD board of trustees Pace 1, held by board Secretary Shawn Minor, and Place 2, held by board Vice President Michael Ancy.

The first day to file to run for either the city council or school board is Wednesday, and the filing deadline is March 1. April 11 is the last day citizens can register to vote and be eligible to vote in city and school elections in May.

Early voting is April 29 to May 7, and May 11 is Election Day.

McCrory also told the council members that the city is “going to try to use the optical scanner” voting machines in the May elections, and is seeking bids from the two companies that make the two machines approved for use in Texas. She said the optical scanner machines are easy for voters to use and count the ballots as they are cast, eliminating the need for the time-consuming practice of counting ballots by hand. But, she added, each voter’s ballot is kept as it is counted and stored so that the ballots can be counted by hand if necessary. There will also be traditional paper ballots available for voters who request them, McCrory said.

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