PALESTINE — Early voting for this year's state constitutional amendments election ended Friday, but voters have one final chance to cast their ballots, as polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at various locations in the area.
“Constitutional elections historically have low voter turnout, so it'd be nice to see more voters get out this year,” Anderson County Elections Director Casey Brown said recently.
She reminds voters to bring an up-to-date form of photo identification when they vote, as per a new state mandate.
All Texas voters are now required to present a form of photo ID to vote in person. Forms of identification that will be accepted include:
• A Texas driver's license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
• A Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS.
• A Texas personal identification card issued by DPS.
• A Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS.
• A U.S. military identification card containing the person’s photograph.
• A U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph.
• A U.S. passport.
This year's ballot includes nine amendments to the Texas State Constitution, as follows:
• Proposition 1 (HJR 62) would grant a property tax exemption to the widow or widower of a member of the U.S. military who was killed in action. The tax exemption would apply to the couple's residential homestead until the surviving spouse remarried.
• Proposition 2 (HJR 79) The constitutional amendment eliminates an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational. This amendment would allow state legislators to condense the state's constitution, which is among the longest in the country.
• Proposition 3 (HJR 133) The constitutional amendment would authorize a political subdivision to extend the number of days aircraft parts that are exempt from ad valorem taxation due to their location in this state for a temporary period may be located in this state for purposes of qualifying for the tax exemption.
• Proposition 4 (HJR 24) The constitutional amendment authorizes the legislature to provide a property tax exemption to partially disabled veterans or the surviving spouses of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization.
• Proposition 5 (SJR 18) The constitutional amendment to authorize the making of a reverse mortgage loan for the purchase of homestead property and to amend lender disclosures and other requirements in connection with a reverse mortgage loan.
• Proposition 6 (SJR 1) The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources.
• Proposition 7 (HJR 87) The constitutional amendment authorizing a home-rule municipality to provide in its charter the procedure to fill a vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is 12 months or less.
• Proposition 8 (HJR 147 and SJR 54) The constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.
• Proposition 9 (SJR 42) The constitutional amendment relating to expanding the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.