Filing and Petitions
Section 4.06 of the City Charter requires each candidate to be nominated by petition, signed by the number of qualified voters required by state law. State law [Election Code 143.005(d)] requires that petitions must contain the greater of 25 or one-half of one percent of the total votes received in the most recent mayoral general election. Signatures must be from qualified voters of the City of Richardson and must be signed in ink. The Council/Mayor place position you are seeking must be indicated on the petition form before requesting signatures.
Petitions and applications for a place on the ballot must be filed with the City Secretary during the filing period for the election. Specific dates will be posted to this page for the next City Council Election.
Petitions should include the signature of the resident, the printed name, residence address, county of registration, date signed, date of birth and/or the voter registration certificate number. It is also a good idea to obtain more than the required number of signatures in the event that some may be rejected during the validation process.
To obtain a current list of registered voters, contact the Dallas County Elections Department at 214-819-6389 or the Collin County Elections Department at 972-424-1460 Ext. 1990.
Petition forms must be notarized. In the event that you have a friend or family member circulate your petitions, please be sure that they appear before a notary and sign the affidavit on each petition sheet. If the same person obtains signatures on more than one sheet, the sheets may be stapled together and the top page notarized. All pages must be turned in at the time of filing.
Contributions and Expenditures
Title 15 of the Texas Election Code pertains to campaign contributions and expenditures. Financial reports must be completed by the candidate or the candidate's Campaign Treasurer (signed only by the candidate), and filed with the City Secretary.
If a runoff election becomes necessary, financial reports would be due on the 8th day before Runoff Election Day. It is extremely important to adhere to the financial reporting procedures. Remember that campaign reports are public information; and the media, opponents and the general public may review the reports. The Final Report may be filed at any time. If you do not file a Final Report, semiannual reports will be due on July 15 and January 15 each year.
Questions regarding reporting procedures, contributions or expenditures should be directed to the Texas Ethics Commission at 1-800-325-8506 or 512-463-5800. The duties of the City Secretary are limited to accepting and filing the various applications, affidavits and statements. It is outside of the City Secretary's authority to review the reports for correctness or to advise you on what information must be included.
The City Secretary may be contacted at 972-744-4290 or by email at Aimee.Nemer@cor.gov.