Texans have amended the state’s constitution more than 500 times since it was adopted in 1876, and they get another shot at it with eight propositions on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. Early voting is Oct. 18-29.
The election covers a gamut of topics. Proposed amendments include:
- Proposition 1: Authorizes the professional sports team charitable foundations of organizations sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association to conduct charitable raffles at rodeo venues.
- Proposition 2: Authorizes a county to finance the development or redevelopment of transportation or infrastructure in unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted areas in the county.
- Proposition 3: Prohibits the state or a political subdivision of the state (local governments) from prohibiting or limiting religious services of religious organizations.
- Proposition 4: Changes the eligibility requirements for a justice of the Texas Supreme Court, a judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals, a justice of a court of appeals, and a district judge.
- Proposition 5: Provides additional powers to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct with respect to candidates for judicial office.
- Proposition 6: Establishes a right for residents of certain facilities to designate an essential caregiver for in-person visitation.
- Proposition 7: Allows the surviving spouse of a person who is disabled to receive a limitation on the school district ad valorem taxes on the spouse’s residence homestead if the spouse is 55 years of age or older at the time of the person’s death.
- Proposition 8: Authorizes the Texas Legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the U.S. armed forces who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.
People will cast a “for” or “against” vote on each item. You can look at a sample ballot to review the measures.
EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS
(Early voting is Oct. 18-29)
In Burnet County
- AgriLife Extension Auditorium, 607 N. Vandeveer St. in Burnet
- Courthouse South Annex, 810 Steve Hawkins Parkway in Marble Falls
Early voting hours are:
- 8 a.m.-5 p.m Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
- 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays
In Llano County
- Llano County Library, 102 E. Haynie St. in Llano
- Kingsland Branch Library, 125 W. Polk St.
- Horseshoe Bay City Office, #1 Community Drive
Early voting hours at the Llano County Library are:
- 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays
- 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
Early voting hours at the Kingsland and Horseshoe Bay sites are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
The Texas Secretary of State’s office has explanatory statements of each of the proposed amendments. The Texas League of Women Voters offers a breakdown of the propositions in short videos and a voter’s guide.
For more information on early voting or the Nov. 2 election, visit the Llano County Elections Office or the Burnet County Elections Office websites. Visit the Texas Secretary of State’s Vote Texas website for more information on voting in Texas.