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City Council to wait until March 1 to decide election issues
Editor's Note: This article was originally published at 11:59 p.m. Feb. 19. It has been updated to clarify the proposed early voting locations.
At a regular meeting Tuesday, the Frisco City Council decided to postpone election-related decisions until March 1 because no challengers have yet filed to run against the incumbent council members up for re-election this year.
So far, no candidates have filed to run against Jeff Cheney (Place 2) or John Keating (Place 4), which means an election may not be necessary for their seats, the only two up for grabs this year.
City Secretary Jenny Page had recommended that the council choose to contract both Denton County and Collin County to run its elections this year, which would be more convenient for most voters because of school board races.
The joint general election would include Frisco ISD and Collin College's board elections in addition to the City Council elections, if necessary.
"Denton County would be able to handle both [City Council and school board] services, [including] elections with Frisco ISD and Lewisville ISD," she said at the Tuesday meeting. "...I also propose contracting Collin County election services and holding a joint election with Frisco ISD and Collin College. This will allow us to be on the same ballot except for a small amount of Frisco residents [who live in Prosper ISD boundaries]."
The Frisco residents who reside in Prosper ISD boundaries -- those with residences between U.S. 380 and Panther Creek Parkway -- will have to travel to Prosper for school board elections yet would vote for the City Council elections, if they are held, in Frisco.
Page made the same recommendations for voting locations as she did at the City Council's Feb. 5 meeting.
Under that plan, early voting will take place at Fire Station Nos. 4, 5 and 7 as well as Collin College Preston Ridge. On Election Day, however, Precinct 1 is set to vote at Pioneer Heritage Middle School, Precinct 2 at Staley Middle School, Precinct 3 at Wester Middle School and Precinct 4 at Hicks Elementary School.
If an election ends up taking place and the City Council approves the locations as expected, then Denton County voters will be able to vote anywhere in the county during early voting, although they would have to vote in their respective precincts on Election Day.
Collin County voters would have to cast ballots at Fire Station No. 5 or Collin College Preston Ridge for early voting (Fire Station Nos. 4 and 7 would serve Denton County residents), and Wester Middle School or Staley Middle School during Election Day, depending on their precincts.
Page noted the voting locations were chosen with the future in mind, saying they "should serve Frisco well for several years."
City Council members gave no opposition to the plan, and all appeared in favor of it until it was decided to table the decision until March 1, the final day candidates have to file applications to be included on the ballot.
Page did note one drawback to the plan, however, saying it may result in slower election results.
"Results will not be as immediate as they were in the past as we'll have to add both counties together," she said. "We did this in the November election and it worked well -- I have no doubt it will work well again."