Victoria County voters

Voters enter the polling station at the Victoria County Public Health Department for the 2018 midterm elections in this Advocate file photo.

Victoria voters can start casting their ballots Monday for the May 4 election.

Residents will pick a new mayor for the city and at least one new council member for Victoria. Four men are vying to lead the city and replace Mayor Paul Polasek, who decided not to seek a third term in office. Polasek will leave the council after six years as mayor and three terms as a council member.

Brent Carter, Vic Morgan, Rawley McCoy and Steve Meacham are all running for the mayor’s seat.

Two council seats are also up for election this year. Council member Tom Halepaska is retiring from City Council after 15 years, leaving his Super District 6 seat open. Zach Smith and Mark Loffgren are running to replace him.

Council member Dr. Andrew Young is seeking his third term in office to represent Super District 5. Justin Urbano is challenging him for the position.

Voters in the Victoria school district will elect one new board member in Super District 7. Candidates are Henry Wood, David Charles Steves and Mike Mercer. Incumbent Mike DiSanto did not seek reelection.

The board canceled elections in Districts 1 and 6 because the candidates were unopposed. Kevin VanHook represents District 1, and Margaret Pruett represents District 6.

The Victoria College board did not have an election scheduled this year.

Voters can cast their ballots early at the county’s elections office, located at the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center, starting Monday. The last day of early voting is April 30.

All Texas voters must present photo identification before casting a ballot. Acceptable forms of identification include a Texas driver’s license; a personal identification card, an election identification certificate or a Texas handgun license issued by the Department of Public Safety; a U.S. military identification card with a photo; a U.S. citizenship certificate with a photo; or a U.S. passport, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s office. Voters can use certain supporting forms of ID if they don’t have one of the acceptable forms, according to the Secretary of State’s website votetexas.gov.

Certain registered voters are eligible to cast their ballots by mail. Voters who are 65 years old or older on Election Day or who have an illness or disability that prevents them from entering a polling place can apply to vote by mail. Residents who won’t be in Victoria County during early voting or on Election Day can also apply to vote by mail, and so can people who are in jail who haven’t been convicted of a felony. To get an application to vote by mail, contact the elections office or visit the office’s website for the application.

Ciara McCarthy covers local government for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. You can reach her at cmccarthy@vicad.com or at 580-6597 or on Twitter at @mccarthy_ciara.

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Ciara McCarthy covers local government for the Advocate as a Report for America corps member. You can contact her by emailing cmccarthy@vicad.com.

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Grace Butler

In local elections, is a simply majority enough to become elected or is there a stronger requirement? If so, are run-offs proscribed? With such a large field of candidates for mayor, I anticipate the "winner" winning by a handful of percentage points, which makes me wonder.

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Ciara McCarthy

Hi Grace! Thanks for asking. Victoria's code requires anyone on City Council to receive the majority of votes case, that is, more than 50% of all votes cast. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent, a runoff election is required, per the Texas Elections Code. The runoff will include the candidates who receive the highest and the second highest number of votes in the main election, or the candidates who tie for the highest number of votes. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have additional questions!

Grace Butler

Great info, thanks Ciara! Your reporting and research on our local government is greatly appreciated.

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