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Recount Deadlines for the May 10, 2014

To: All Cities, School Districts, and other Political Subdivisions
From: Keith Ingram, Director of Elections
Date: April 23, 2014
RE: Recount Deadlines for the May 10, 2014

This deadline memo is designed to be read together with the recount outline on our website.

Below are the deadlines for filing a recount for local elections of cities, school districts and other political subdivisions for elections occurring on the May 10, 2014 uniform election date.  Please note that there are two sets of recount filing deadlines.  Which set of deadlines applies to you is based on the method of election (i.e., majority or plurality).

The deadline for filing a recount depends on the date the election is canvassed.  You cannot canvass your election until the early voting ballot board has convened and counted all provisional and overseas ballots.  The last day to receive a ballot from an overseas voter is Thursday May 15, 2014.  The last day for the early voting ballot board to convene and count provisional and oversea ballots is Saturday, May 17, 2014.  [§§ 65.051, 67.003 & 86.007(d)(3)]

After the early voting ballot board has convened and counted ballots, you may canvass the elections.  The May 10, 2014 election must be canvassed no earlier than the third day after the election (Tuesday, May 13, 2014) and no later than the eleventh day after the election (Wednesday, May 21, 2014).  [§ 67.003]

Deadlines for Regular Recount Requests

IF your entity elects:

THEN the deadline to file for a recount is THE LATER of these two dates:

OR

[§§ 212.028, 212.081, 212.083]

Please note that candidates are elected by plurality vote unless the law specifically provides otherwise (e.g., statute, home-rule charter, court order).  [§ 2.001]

If these criteria apply to your entity, then for the May 10, 2014 election, the following dates apply:
Canvass Date

Recount Request Deadine (Regular):

Tuesday,May 13, 2014
5:00 p.m.,  Thursday, May 15, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
5:00 p.m.,  Friday, May 16, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
5:00 p.m., Monday, May 19, 2014
 (Sec. 1.006)
Friday, May 16, 2014
5:00 p.m., Monday, May 19, 2014
(Sec. 1.006)
Saturday, May 17, 2014
5:00 p.m., Monday, May 19, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
5:00 p.m.,  Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
5:00 p.m.,  Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
5:00 p.m.,  Thursday, May 22, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
5:00 p.m.,  Friday, May 23, 2014

Deadlines for Expedited Recount Requests

IF your entity elects:

THEN the deadline to file for a recount is THE LATER of these two dates:

If these criteria apply to your entity, then for the May 10, 2014 election, the following dates apply:

Canvass Date

Recount Request Deadline (Expedited):
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
2:00 p.m.,  Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
2:00 p.m.,  Thursday, May 15, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
2:00 p.m.,  Friday, May 16, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
10:00 a.m., Monday, May 19, 2014
(Sec. 212.088)
Saturday, May 17, 2014
10:00 a.m., Monday, May 19, 2014
(Sec. 212.088)
Sunday, May 18, 2014
2:00 p.m., Monday, May 19, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
2:00 p.m.,  Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
2:00 p.m.,  Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
2:00 p.m.,  Thursday, May 22, 2014

Note About Joint Canvassing Authorities:

Section 271.011 of the Code authorizes a joint canvassing authority. If your joint election agreement designated a joint canvassing authority, please be advised that Section 212.026(b) of the Code requires the recount petition to be filed with the presiding officer of your regular canvassing authority.

Please further be advised that an outline of the recount procedures and recount forms may be found in Chapter P of the handbook for the 25th Annual Election Law Seminar for Cities, Schools, and other Political Subdivisions (2013).  As noted above, you can also find a copy of the outline by visiting this web page. The recount forms can be downloaded from our website. If you do not have the 2013 seminar book and do not have access to the web, you may contact our office and request that the outline and forms be mailed directly to you.

If you need additional assistance, you may contact the Elections Division toll-free at 1-800-252-VOTE(8683).

CC:  County Clerks/Elections Administrators

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