HOUSTON – The Houston Board of Aldermen held a special called meeting to address the special election for the alcohol referendum.

The special election has been moved to July 9, 2019. This is a two-week shift from the initial June 27 election date.

The shift in date is because of the rules involved in organizing a special election for alcohol. An alcohol election has a separate set of rules from all other special elections.

“These laws can be confusing: special elections (which this is) have one set of rules and alcohol elections (which this also is) have a completely different set of rules,” said Sean Johnson, Chickasaw Development Foundation director. “It’s understandable how the clerk misinterpreted the rules, and we’re thankful that Cassandra Pulliam, who is very familiar with the state’s election regulations, was able to to catch the error. If nothing else, this will allow the citizens of Houston another week to consider their thoughts on the matter and vote appropriately.”

The motion passed 3-0 to change the date of the election so the results could be considered binding. Aldermen Frank Thomas and Barry Springer were absent from the meeting, and therefore did not vote.

“We just want to make sure we get this right the first time,” said City Clerk Lisa Easley when addressing the board about the need to change the date.

Absentee voting will be held the two Saturdays leading up to the special election which are June 29 and July 6. Absentee ballots can be dropped off at City Hall on those days from 8 a.m. to noon.

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