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The City of Dalworthington Gardens has been under contract with the Tarrant County Elections Administration for the entire election process for many years. The Mayor and City Council call the election in January in a public City Council meeting. The City Secretary's office accepts applications from persons filing for office. From those applications the City Secretary prepares the wording for the ballots and submits the wording to Tarrant County Elections Administration for ballot preparation.
Tarrant County Elections Administration produces the ballots. The Mayor, City Council and City Staff do not have access to ballots before, during or after elections. Tarrant County Elections Administration selects the Election Judges and the Election Clerks. Tarrant County Elections Administration provides election equipment. The equipment is tested and locked by Tarrant County Elections Administration staff before it is delivered to the voting site. The Mayor, City Council and City Staff are not given keys or passwords to operate the voting equipment. The voting equipment is not connected nor does it operate off the City server or other City lines. The Election Judges and Clerks are the only ones with access to ballots and the voting equipment during the elections. Early voting is conducted primarily off-site.
Election results are counted by the Tarrant County Elections Administration and the results emailed to City Staff from the Tarrant County Elections Administration in Fort Worth. The same results are posted on the Tarrant County Elections Administration website and available for public viewing. The final election results are emailed from Tarrant County Elections Administration and used by the City Secretary to prepare the canvassing item on City Council agenda following the election.
May 2, 2020 General Election Information
The first day to file an application for Place on Ballot, for the positions of Mayor; Alderman, Place 1; and Alderman, Place 2; in the May 2, 2020 General Election will be January 15, 2020; the last day to file an Application for Place on Ballot will be February 14, 2020.