Election History


Date of Election: April 7, 1973
Type of Election: Mayor,Council,Charter,Initiative
City Population (at Time of the Election): 290,300
Number of Registered Voters: 151,368
Total Ballots Cast: 63,478
Percent of Registered Voters Who Voted: 41.93%
Mayor
Butler, Roy 43,753 72.11%
Olivarra, George 8,593 14.16%
Singler, Melissa 3,426 5.65%
Donley, Raymond (Jr.) 1,857 3.06%
Durham, John Wallace 1,732 2.85%
Aumla 1,314 2.17%
Place 1
Dryden, S. H. (Bud) 37,031 60.58%
Birdsong, Mary 24,098 39.42%
Place 2
Run-Off Election Set for May 5, 1973
Nichols, Dick 30,331 49.74%
Binder, Bob 29,581 48.51%
Burfeind, Jim 1,073 1.76%
Place 3
Love, Dan 43,370 72.32%
DeNoie, Roland Oro 7,924 13.21%
Schultze, Kenneth R. 5,626 9.38%
Walker, J. Robert 3,050 5.09%
Place 4
Lebermann, Lowell 34,950 56.04%
Trevino, John (Jr.) 26,179 41.98%
West, Fred D. 1,238 1.99%
Place 5
Friedman, Jeffrey M. 38,683 62.48%
Gray, Bob 22,356 36.11%
Harris, H. Frank 470 0.76%
Kirchner, Ben 407 0.66%
Place 6
Handcox, Berl L. 38,242 62.29%
Buss, Edith 19,004 30.95%
Parker, Kathryn 1,908 3.11%
Casebier, Frank 900 1.47%
Ferrell, Willie 763 1.24%
Carter, Barry G. 579 0.94%


Ordinance 1 - VOTE FOR ONLY ONE ORDINANCE OR AGAINST BOTH ORDINANCES. A VOTE FOR ONE ORDINANCE SHALL BE COUNTED AS A VOTE AGAINST THE OTHER ORDINANCE. - Ordinance #730308-E
Yes % Yes No % No
20546 34.00% 22870 38.00%
AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING SIDEWALK VENDING EXCEPT ON SIDEWALKS MORE THAN 10 FEET WIDE AND THEN ONLY ON THE THIRD CLOSEST TO THE CURB PROVIDED THAT NO SELLING BE ALLOWED WITHIN 18 INCHES OF PARKING METERS, FIRE HYDRANTS, OR EMERGENCY TELEPHONES; PROHIBITING VENDING, EXCEPT OF FOOD ITEMS, FROM VEHICLES IN A METERED PARKING SPACE; PERMITTING SIDEWALK DISPLAY OF MERCHANDISE BY ABUTTING STORE OWNERS; EXCEPTING PRINTED MATERIALS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT AND PROVIDING A PENALTY.


Ordinance 1 and Ordinance 2 - VOTE FOR ONLY ONE ORDINANCE OR AGAINST BOTH ORDINANCES. A VOTE FOR ONE ORDINANCE SHALL BE COUNTED AS A VOTE AGAINST THE OTHER ORDINANCE. - Ordinance #730308-E
Yes % Yes No % No
0 0% 16502 28.00%


Ordinance 2 - VOTE FOR ONLY ONE ORDINANCE OR AGAINST BOTH ORDINANCES. A VOTE FOR ONE ORDINANCE SHALL BE COUNTED AS A VOTE AGAINST THE OTHER ORDINANCE. - Ordinance #730308-E
Yes % Yes No % No
22870 38.00% 20546 34.00%
AN ORDINANCE AGAINST ALL SIDEWALK VENDING BY PROHIBITING SIDEWALK VENDING AND OBSTRUCTIONS UPON ALL STREETS AND SIDEWALKS IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN; EXCEPTING THE SALE OF PRESS MATERIALS, OPERATIONS OF MOBILE RETAIL GROCERS AND DELIVERIES OF MERCHANDISE UNDER LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES; AND REPEALING AUTHORITY FOR SIDEWALK VENDING AND OBSTRUCTIONS WITHIN ANY MARKET AREAS OF ANY PUBLIC STREET OR SIDEWALK.


Proposition 01 - Ordinance #730307-A
Yes % Yes No % No
22180 37.00% 38441 63.00%
Amendment of the City Charter to increase the number of City Councilmen from seven councilmen (all are now elected by place from the City at large) to eleven councilmen (six councilmen will be elected from districts of equal population by the voters of the districts, the mayor will be elected from the City at large, and four councilmen will be elected from a single list by a majority vote from the City at large).


Proposition 02 - Ordinance #730307-A
Yes % Yes No % No
20360 34.00% 40313 66.00%
Amendment of the City Charter to pay each councilman, including the mayor and mayor pro tem, $100.00 per week, or such amount in excess thereof as may from time to time be established by action of the City Council.


Proposition 03 - Ordinance #730307-A
Yes % Yes No % No
39256 66.00% 19994 34.00%
Amendment of the City Charter to delete the requirement that members of the Planning Commission must own real property, (all members must now own real property) and adding requirements that (1) members must have resided in the City one year and (2) a minimum of four members must be lay members not directly or indirectly connected with real estate and land development.


Proposition 04 - Ordinance #730307-A
Yes % Yes No % No
48593 82.00% 10326 18.00%
Amendment of the City Charter to provide that judges of the municipal court shall serve a two-year term rather than at the pleasure of the council; providing for removal of the judges only for cause or disability; reducing the required residence of judges within the City from three years to two years; and requiring that the judges shall have been admitted to the practice of law in the State of Texas not less than two years.


Proposition 05 - Ordinance #730307-A
Yes % Yes No % No
39487 69.00% 17571 31.00%
Amendment of the City Charter to provide that the Clerk of the Court, rather than the council, shall appoint such deputy clerks as may be authorized by the City Council.


Proposition 06 - Ordinance #730307-A
Yes % Yes No % No
48522 86.00% 7814 14.00%
Amendment of the City Charter to provide the duties and responsibilities of the Director of Finance shall be to maintain a general accounting system and to exercise financial control over all offices, departments, and agencies; to certify to the availability of funds for all proposed expenditures; to submit to the Council through the City Manager a monthly statement of all receipts and disbursements in sufficient detail to show the exact financial condition of the City, and to prepare a complete financial statement and report as of the end of the fiscal year, and deleting various other duties.


Proposition 07 - Ordinance #730307-A
Yes % Yes No % No
45634 81.00% 10606 19.00%
Amendment of the City Charter to provide that there shall be an Internal Auditor appointed by and reporting directly to the City Manager, and prescribing duties of the Internal Auditor.


Proposition 08 - Ordinance #730307-A
Yes % Yes No % No
42507 74.00% 14563 26.00%
Amendment of the City Charter to delete all references to the masculine in Article II, City Clerk.


Proposition 09 - Ordinance #730307-A
Yes % Yes No % No
46331 82.00% 10516 18.00%
Amendment of the City Charter to provide the City Clerk an additional ten (10) days to determine whether an initiative or referendum petition is signed by the requisite number of qualified voters, providing said petitioner an additional five (5) days for the filing of a supplementary petition, and providing an additional five (5) days for the City Clerk to certify to the sufficiency of the supplementary petition.


Proposition 10 - Ordinance #730307-A
Yes % Yes No % No
48168 83.00% 10169 17.00%
Amendment of the City Charter to prohibit the appointment of any person to any office, position, clerkship, or other service of the City when said person is related within the second degree by affinity or consanguinity to the Mayor, any member of the City Council or the City Manager.


Proposition 11 - Ordinance #730307-A
Yes % Yes No % No
26005 44.00% 33446 56.00%
Amendment of the City Charter to lower the age requirements for City Councilmen from 25 to 21 years and to reduce the residence requirements from 3 years to 12 months.


Proposition 12 - Ordinance #730307-A
Yes % Yes No % No
40915 73.00% 14814 27.00%
Amendment of the City Charter to provide for notice and public hearing prior to the institution of annexation proceedings by the City, and deleting the requirement for publication of annexation ordinances 30 days prior to final action thereon.


Proposition 13 - Ordinance #730307-A
Yes % Yes No % No
52446 88.00% 7190 12.00%
Amendment of the City Charter to provide all Council meetings shall be open to the public except as may be authorized by the laws of the State of Texas.


Proposition 14 - Ordinance #730307-A
Yes % Yes No % No
50584 89.00% 6290 11.00%
Amendment of the City Charter to revise the term "corporation court" as it appears throughout the Charter to read "municipal court."


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