Early voting has begun in the Nov. 3 election to determine if the City of San Angelo’s charter should be amended.

The ballot includes eight propositions, including potential changes to how long City Council members could serve, how much they should be compensated and how San Angelo’s police chief should be selected.

Early voting will occur on the first floor of the Edd B. Keyes Building, 113 W. Beauregard Ave. Early voting polls will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19-23 and Oct. 26-28, and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 29-30. All registered City of San Angelo voters are eligible to cast a ballot.

Twenty polling places will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Election Day.

The ballot and all other election information are available at cosatx.us/elections.

The eight propositions are:

  • Proposition 1 would lengthen City Council terms from two to four years.
  • Proposition 2 would limit City Council service to eight consecutive years, excluding partial terms.
  • Proposition 3 would clarify the qualifications to run for City Council.
  • Proposition 4 would refer conflict of interest questions regarding Council members to the city attorney for a legal opinion.
  • Proposition 5 would increase compensation to City Council members.
  • Proposition 6 would require that elections to fill vacancies occur on state-mandated election dates.
  • Proposition 7 would allow for more timely means of notifying those involved in an initiative and referendum effort.
  • Proposition 8 would change the police chief’s office from an elective to an appointed position.

The City charter serves as the City of San Angelo’s constitution, broadly outlining what San Angelo’s municipal government may and may not do. It can be amended no more often than once every two years.