Richardson voters on Tuesday, Nov. 6, approved an amendment to the City Charter that provides for the direct election of the City’s mayor.
In unofficial voting results reported by the Dallas County and Collin County election administrators, 24,118 voted for the amendment, and 8,061 voted against it. The City Council is expected to canvass the election Nov. 19.
Currently, under the Richardson City Charter, a council member is appointed to the position of mayor by the council members. With the charter change, the mayor will be directly elected by voters.
Under state law, the City Charter may be amended by initiative of the City Council adopting an ordinance calling an election on proposed amendments, or by petition, if a proper petition is submitted and signed by a number of qualified voters of the city equal to at least five percent of the number of qualified voters of the municipality, or 20,000, whichever number is smaller. On July 5, 2012, a petition to call the election was submitted to the Richardson City Secretary’s Office. A total of 4,556 signatures were submitted, and 3,051 were verified, meeting the required number of at least 2,499 qualified Richardson voters.