Voting in the Upcoming Local Elections
It’s important to know some information about them so that your voice can be heard. Here is your guide to Voting in the Election.
Stay in the know with this guide to voting in the upcoming City of Plano Council election.
Any resident of the city of Plano who has lived in the state of Texas, and either Collin County or Denton County at least 30 days prior to the election and has a valid voter registration certificate can vote.
Why You Should Vote
If you have ever wanted to have a say in how Plano is run then you should vote!
The candidates all have their own agendas, policies and preferences on decision making and their own vision for the City of Plano.
Low turnout also means that an organized (and political) group can have a greater influence on the direction of the city even if the numbers are small and the base of regular voters are often older than 50.
The general election will be conducted on May 1, 2021 to select Council Members for Places 2, 4, 6 (Mayor), Place 7 (unexpired term) and 8.
All places are elected at large, which means that any resident across Plano can vote for any of the candidates.
Collin County residents may vote at any of the locations in Collin County for early and election day voting.
Denton County residents may vote at any of the Denton County locations for early voting.
On election day, Denton County residents must use the voting location assigned to their precinct.
When and Where to Vote
Early voting in person starts:
April 19 – April 24
April 26 – April 27
May 1st, Election Day- 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Be sure to watch our Live Video Forums as they happen over the coming weeks.
Read about each candidate and understand their platform (political or not) and by voting, you get to decide who you want to represent you.
Also understand if they are aligned with other Council members and how, and if they’re involved in any organized groups, like the Plano Citizen’s Coalition (whose signs you may have seen around the City).
The growing influence of partisan politics and external groups in Plano is explained further in this piece by Community Impact Plano from 2019
Do your due diligence to understand their mission, their values and their platform and why they may be promoting specific candidates to be placed on the City of Plano City Council.
Ask friends, ask in Facebook groups and review some of the past City Council meetings, which are all broadcast live on the City of Plano Facebook page.
City and school board races are often intended to be Non-Partisan.
However, a large number of regular voters are driven by their affiliation with a major political party – which can influence their decision making, as we have seen happen in the last 2 years.
By voting in these local elections you are helping to decide local laws, local funding and budgets.
Make your voice heard. If you vote, you have the right to complain 🙂
The City of Plano City Council has the following spots available for Election
Anthony Ricciardelli (incumbent)
For every Candidate Forum we filmed here, every candidate was invited. It was their choice whether they attended one of these sessions, so not all Candidates are included for that reason.
Kayci Prince (incumbent)
Place 6 (Mayor):
Place 7 (unexpired term)
Rick Smith (incumbent)
Plano ISD Board of Trustees
There are 4 spots available
To find out more about the Candidates running for the PISD School Board, we asked them all the questions and have the answers for you here
Look out for Bond Referendums which usually end up on the Ballot too.
The 2021 Bond Referendum will cover:
- Street Improvements
- Parks and Recreation Projects
- Muehlenbeck Rec Center
- Public Safety Projects
- Municipal Facilities
- Library Facilities
For full details, information on the Bond Referendum is available from the City of Plano.
What does this mean for you?
Approving a Bond means raising more funds to cover the expenditure and this vote allows you to decide if you wish to approve all or some of the propositions on the ballot.
Currently, the average home value in the City of Plano, as determined by the Collin Central Appraisal District, is approximately $378,396. Based on assessed property valuation, if all propositions are approved, the maximum total tax rate impact would be 2.13 cents or approximately $67.71 in annual taxes for the average homeowner at the end of the four-year period.