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May 2021 Election

The City of Austin is holding an election on May 1, 2021 to bring eight measures before Austin voters.

The election will be held Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Early voting will occur April 19 through April 27, 2021.

The City of Austin will provide a list of voting locations.

The Real Estate Council of Austin encourages all of its members and all Austin citizens to participate in their local democracy and to vote in the May 2021 election. Below you will find RECA’s current positions on the ballot measures. RECA does not necessarily endorse any of the groups shared below, but we want to provide our members and the Austin public with enough information and perspectives to make their own decisions.

The League of Women Voters’ May Election Voter Guide will be posted before early voting starts and will be found on their website once it has been posted.

City of Austin Ballot Measures

One of the measures is related to requiring binding arbitration for contract negotiation with the Austin Firefighters Association.

Proposition A:  Shall the City Charter be amended to give the Austin Firefighters Association, Local 975 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, the authority to require the City to participate in binding arbitration of all issues in dispute with the Association if the City and the Association reach impasse in collective bargaining negotiations?

The Real Estate Council of Austin has not yet taken a position on this measure.

One of the measures is related to prohibitions on camping, panhandling, and sitting or lying in public areas.

Proposition B:  Shall an ordinance be adopted that would create a criminal offense and a penalty for anyone sitting or lying down on a public sidewalk or sleeping outdoors in and near the Downtown area and the area around the University of Texas campus; create a criminal offense and penalty for solicitation, defined as requesting money or another thing of value, at specific hours and locations or for solicitation in a public area that is deemed aggressive in manner; create a criminal offense and penalty for anyone camping in any public area not designated by the Parks and Recreation Department?

The Real Estate Council of Austin has not yet taken a position on this measure.

One of the measures is related to who appoints and removes the Director of the Office of Police Oversight.

Proposition C:  Shall the city charter be amended to allow for a Director of Police Oversight to be appointed or removed in a manner established by City Council ordinance, with duties that include the responsibility to ensure transparency and accountability as it relates to policing?

The Real Estate Council of Austin has not yet taken a position on this measure.

Five of the measures are City Charter amendments that would affect voting, Council elections, and the form of Austin’s government.

Charter amendment to change date of mayoral elections to presidential election year

Proposition D:  Shall the City Charter be amended to transition the election for mayor from gubernatorial election years to presidential election years, providing that the mayor elected in 2022 will serve a 2-year term and then mayoral elections will occur on the same date as presidential elections starting in 2024?

Charter amendment to create ranked choice voting for city elections

Proposition E:  Shall the City Charter be amended to provide for the use of ranked choice voting in city elections, if such voting is permitted by state law?

Charter amendment to change from a council-manager form of government to a strong mayor system

Proposition F:  Shall the City Charter be amended to change the form of city government from ‘council-manager’ to ‘strong mayor-council,’ which will eliminate the position of professional city manager and designate an elected mayor as the chief administrative and executive officer of the city with veto power over all legislation which includes the budget; and with sole authority to hire and fire most department heads and direct staff; and with no articulated or stated charter authority to require the mayor to implement Council decisions.

Charter amendment to add an additional city council district

Proposition G:  Shall the City Charter be amended to provide for an additional geographic council district which will result in 11 council members elected from single member districts?

Charter amendment to adopt voluntary public campaign finance program

Proposition H:  Shall the City Charter be amended to adopt a public campaign finance program, which requires the city clerk to provide up to two $25 vouchers to every registered voter who may contribute them to candidates for city office who meet the program requirements?

The Real Estate Council of Austin is opposed to these five measures. A statement detailing our position in opposition of these measures can be found here.

RECA Communication with RECA Members and Their Families, Authorized by Section 253.098, TEXAS ELECTION CODE