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Texas Municipal Election Law Manual


Texas Municipal
Election Law Manual

by Analeslie Muncy
fourth edition, supplemented annually

new fifth edition in progress
available Fall 2016

Hardcover 3-ring binder; dimensions (in inches): 3 x 10 x 9
Table of ContentsAuthor




The Texas Municipal Election Law Manual provides city secretaries and all municipal officials with complete information on how to administer municipal elections in Texas. The concise content of the text details every phase of the election process. This manual also includes the following essential information: legal references, regulations, agencies, addresses and phone numbers of other resources needed to conduct an efficient, cost-effective municipal election.



EASY TO USE AND UNDERSTAND, this manual includes a current election calendar; detailed chapter analysis for each of the twenty chapters; highlighted subject headings throughout the text; numerous tables, charts, lists, and planning guides; an extensive index; and citations of the corresponding Texas Election Code.

AN ACCURATE, TIME-SAVING RESOURCE, this book is needed by all novice and experienced Texas election officials. Designed primarily for Texas city secretaries and city clerks who perform the bulk of the administrative election duties, this manual encompasses the responsibilities and actions of mayors, city councils, election judges, clerks, and candidates.



An annual supplement and the 3-ring binder format keeps your Texas Municipal Election Law Manual current without pocket parts.



Chapter Chapter Heading
1 Introductory Information
2 Types of Cities and Administrative Duties
3 Election Precincts and Polling Places
4 Election Judges and Clerks
5 Watchers and Inspectors
6 Voter Qualifications and Registration
7 Election Equipment and Supplies
8 Ballots
9 Conducting an Election
10 Election Order, Notice and Cancellation
11 Candidates: Filing and Eligibility
12 Election of City Officers
13 Special Election to Fill Vacancies
14 Runoff and Tie Vote Elections
15 Special Elections on Measures
16 Early Voting
17 Special Forms of Early Voting
18 Candidate and Officeholder Funds
19 Joint Elections
20 Voting Rights Act and Bilingual Elections



This invaluable reference is the only administrative Texas election law manual of its kind.


“I am so impressed by the depth of information provided in this essential manual. I reach for it first when I have an election question! And how easy is it to read the Election Manual? Simple—it is written for clerks by an expert attorney who understands what we do and how important it is to ‘get it right’ when it comes to fair, legal, and smooth elections!

“Without the Manual, I would be searching for hours in the Election Code... but when I do want to read the Code, our Election Manual conveniently provides the citation on where to find the law. You must have this manual—it is absolutely indispensable. I guarantee results and assurance in knowing you've got answers at your fingertips!”
Patrice Fogarty, TRMC, City Secretary, City of Missouri City


“The Texas Election Law Manual remains on my desk during election season and throughout the year.  It is the definitive source for municipal election questions in Texas.”
Scott Houston, Director of Legal Services, Texas Municipal League


“The Texas Municipal Election Law Manual is commonly known as the City Secretary/Clerk’s Election ‘bible.’ This manual provides for the common application of the Texas Election Code in terms that is easily understood not only by veterans, but by new clerks as well. Using the manual as your election guide is your first step towards a successful election.”
Deloris McKenzie, TRMC, City Secretary, City of Friendswood


If I am not sure about anything relating to elections, I go to my Texas Municipal Election Law Manual; it has never failed me. An example would be petitions: the Manual has helped me to understand and handle the various aspects of petitions; it is detailed, easy to comprehend and follow. This is an essential tool that every municipal clerk should have.”
Lydia Ozuna, TRMC, City Clerk, City of Wichita Falls


“There are several resource guides on elections, generally, but my firm consistently turns first to the Texas Municipal Election Law Manual because it is specific to cities.”
Alan Bojorquez, Attorney at Law, Bojorquez Law Firm, PLLC; author, Texas Municipal Law & Procedure Manual


Analeslie Muncy

Analeslie Muncy is an attorney at law and author of the fourth edition of the Texas Municipal Election Law Manual. She served as Director of Human Resources at the City of Burleson from 2000 until 2005. She served as a member of the public law section of the law firm of Taylor, Olson, Adkins, Sralla & Elam, L.L.P., Fort Worth, Texas, for eight years. She is a past president of the National Institute of Municipal Law Officers, an organization of city attorneys throughout the United States and Canada; a past president of the Texas City Attorneys Association; and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Municipal League. Ms. Muncy worked in the city attorney's office, City of Dallas, from 1969 to 1991 and served as Dallas City Attorney from 1982 to 1991. 

While with Taylor, Olson, Adkins, Sralla & Elam, L.L.P., Muncy served as city attorney to the City of Benbrook, the City of River Oaks, and the City of Haslet, and provided legal assistance to several other cities in the Metroplex area. She has presented numerous papers on municipal law topics at various conferences and seminars, has served as an instructor for the Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program's Election Law Seminar, and has lectured for the TMCCP Legislative Update sessions.



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