The City of Humble voted to postpone the city election due to the coronavirus pandemic. On March 26, the Humble City Council convened to discuss postponing the general election previously scheduled for May 2. The city held the meeting virtually, a first.
Humble City Mayor Merle Aaron thanked everyone for being present virtually on the call. The session was held virtually due to the coronavirus concerns nationwide.
Due to a proclamation by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the council members approved Ordinance No. 20-866 regarding the postponing of the general election, previously called for May 2 to be moved to Nov. 3. Abbott’s action granted a “freezing” of the election date while keeping all current rules and regulations intact.
The postponement means several things to the election, community and all involved. The city can now contract jointly with Harris County regarding the general, state and national elections. Additionally, the City will be able to cancel or defer any contract for the rental of election equipment.
“By approving this ordinance, it will allow us to comply with all state and national level mandates for social distancing and keeping our community members as safe as possible,” said City Manager Jason Steube.
The council approved the declaration of the public health emergency, extending the mayor’s Disaster Declaration due to Public Health Emergency. That gives the city the ability to punish those who do not comply up to $2,000 per offense.