Municipal Elections

The following information is specific to City of Gainesville Municipal Elections, not those conducted by Cooke County. For information on elections conducted by Cooke County, view the Cooke County Election Information webpage.

Next election: Saturday, May 6, 2023

The City Secretary Performs All Duties Related to Municipal Elections. 

The first Saturday in May is the Uniform Election date for the City’s General Election of City officials in Gainesville, Texas. 

The Gainesville City Charter provides for election of six council members, a mayor, and a municipal judge. The six council members are elected by the qualified voters in six city wards. The mayor and municipal judge are elected at large by the qualified voters in all six wards of the city. All members, including mayor and municipal judge, serve two-year terms.

In even numbered years, the municipal judge is elected at large, and council members are elected in Ward 3, Ward 5, and Ward 6.

In odd numbered years, the mayor is elected at large, and council members are elected in Ward 1, Ward 2, and Ward 4.

early voting

WHO:

Any person registered at least 30 days prior to the Election Day.

Election Code provides for all registered voters to vote an early ballot without cause.

WHERE:

City Hall, 200 South Rusk Street.

WHEN:

Between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM beginning on April 24, 2023 and ending on May 2, 2023.

APPLICATIONS FOR EARLY VOTING BY MAIL

Application for voting by mail for all residents of the City shall be mailed to the address below and received (not postmarked) by April 25, 2023Applications for voting by mail for all residents of the City shall be sent as follows:

Pam Harrison, County Clerk 

101 S. Dixon, Room 108

Gainesville, Texas 76240

ELIGIBILITY FOR EARLY VOTING BY MAIL

To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas you must:

  • Be 65 years or older
  • Be disabled
  • Be out of the county on Election Day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance
  • Be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible

MAIL BALLOTS:

Ballots to be voted by mail may be mailed to voters who have requested them on or after the 45th day before the election date, or as soon as the printed ballots are ready.

EMERGENCY ABSENTEE:

Election Law provides that a registered voter may vote a late (emergency) early ballot if a death occurs in a voter’s immediate family on or after the 5th day before the election date. A voter may also vote a late (emergency) early ballot if a serious illness occurs on or after the day before the last day for submitting an application for a ballot to be voted by mail.

polling locations

EARLY VOTING - WARDS 1-6:

City Hall, 200 South Rusk Street.

ELECTION DAY:

Gainesville Civic Center, 311 South Weaver.