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A look at which Austin props passed and failed in the May 1 election

Austin voters had eight props to decide on in the May election.

AUSTIN, Texas — In the days leading up to the May 1 election, Austin voters had the chance to vote on eight propositions that could have lasting impacts across the city.

Nearly 67,000 people voted on Election Day, with more than 100,000 early voting and nearly 3,500 voting by mail.

Here’s a look at which propositions passed, which propositions failed, and what that means for the future of Austinites.

Proposition A

Firefighters union charter amendment between City of Austin and the Austin Firefighters Association

Ballot language: 

"Shall the City Charter be amended to give the Austin Firefighters Association, Local 975 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, the authority to require the City to participate in binding arbitration of all issues in dispute with the Association if the City and the Association reach impasse in collective bargaining negotiations?"

Proposition A passed. That means if the Austin Firefighters Association and the City of Austin reach an impasse, or a “deadlock,” in collective bargaining negotiations, then either side will have the ability to force labor negotiations into binding arbitration.

Proposition B

Reinstating the homeless camping ban ordinances

Ballot language: 

"Shall an ordinance be adopted that would create a criminal offense and a penalty for sitting or lying down on a public sidewalk or sleeping outdoors in and near the Downtown area and the area around the University of Texas campus; create a criminal offense and penalty for solicitation, defined as requesting money or another thing of value, at specific hours and locations or for solicitation in a public area that is deemed aggressive in manner; create a criminal offense and penalty for camping in any public area not designated by the Parks and Recreation Department?"

Proposition B passed, meaning local leaders will reinstate the City's camping ban. The ban will make it illegal to camp in certain places, to sit or lie on public sidewalks or outdoors in certain areas and to panhandle at night.

RELATED: Austin voters approve proposition aimed at reinstating public camping ban

Proposition C

Process of appointing the director of police oversight

Ballot language: 

"Shall the city charter be amended to allow for a Director of Police Oversight to be appointed or removed in a manner established by City Council ordinance, with duties that include the responsibility to ensure transparency and accountability as it relates to policing?

Proposition C passed, allowing the city council to create rules for appointing the director of police oversight through an ordinance.

Proposition D

Changing the dates of Austin mayoral elections

Ballot language: 

"Shall the City Charter be amended to transition the election for mayor from gubernatorial election years to presidential election years, providing that the mayor elected in 2022 will serve a 2-year term and then mayoral elections will occur on the same date as presidential elections starting in 2024?"

Proposition D passed, changing the mayor’s election dates from gubernatorial years to presidential years. The mayor elected in 2022 will serve a two-year term and be up for re-election in the 2024 presidential election year. The mayor elected in 2024 will then begin serving a full four-year term.

Proposition E

Creating a ranked-choice voting system

Ballot language:

"Shall the City Charter be amended to provide for the use of ranked-choice voting in city elections, if such voting is permitted by state law?"

Proposition E passed, allowing voters to be able to rank up to five candidates on their ballots in future city council and mayoral races. When these ballots will be counted, the candidate with the least first-choice votes will be eliminated. Those ballots will then be recounted and redistributed using the voters' second-choice candidate. This process will repeat until one candidate has more than half of the votes.

Proposition F

Moving to a strong-mayor form of local government

Ballot language:

"Shall the City Charter be amended to change the form of city government from 'council-manager' to 'strong mayor-council', which will eliminate the position of professional city manager and designate an elected mayor as the chief administrative and executive officer of the city with veto power over all legislation which includes the budget; and with sole authority to hire and fire most department heads and direct staff; and with no articulated or stated charter authority to require the mayor to implement Council decisions?"

Proposition F failed, and Austin will continue to work under a manager-council form of government, with the city manager remaining the top executive. The mayor will still be a voting member of the council.

RELATED: Austin Proposition F for 'strong-mayor' government fails to pass

Proposition G

Adding an 11th district for the Austin City Council

Ballot language:

"Shall the City Charter be amended to provide for an additional geographic council district which will result in 11 council members elected from single-member districts?"

Proposition G failed. The Austin City Council will continue working with 10 city council districts.

Proposition H

Establishing an alternative campaign finance system

Ballot language:

"Shall the City Charter be amended to adopt a public campaign finance program, which requires the city clerk to provide up to two $25 vouchers to every registered voter who may contribute them to candidates for city office who meet the program requirements?"

Proposition H failed. Campaign financing will remain the same, with individuals able to donate up to $300 per candidate.


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