By CRISTIN REECE
For those of you who like to wait to the last minute to do things — Monday is the last day you have to register to vote or update your voter registration information in order to be able to vote in the upcoming state amendment election.
Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 21 and continues through Friday, Nov. 1. Voters who do show up to the polls in November will be required to present photo identification to cast a ballot. The Texas Constitutional Amendment election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5 and includes nine amendments to the state constitution.
“Also, as a reminder, the new law now requires voters to present an acceptable form of photo ID when arriving to vote,” Anderson County Elections Administrator Casey Brown stated in release sent to the Herald-Press. “The name on the ID must also match (the name on a voter’s registration card). Please call 903-723-7438 or come by the Anderson County Elections office to make necessary changes to reflect the name on your ID. You can also visit www.votetexas.gov to register or change your address.”
Acceptable forms of identification include a Texas drivers license, state issued ID card, concealed carry license, U.S. passport, military ID or U.S. citizenship certificate.
“If you do not have any of the acceptable forms for voting, you may apply for an “election ID certificate” at the local DPS office,” Brown stated. “To apply for an election ID certificate, you must present a birth certificate and a form of ID.”
Brown said voters who are disabled or have a religious objections may apply for an exemption with the Elections Office. Call the county election office, 903-723-7438, with questions. For more information about voting in Texas, visit: www.votetexas.gov
Texas Secretary of State John Steen selected the ballot order for the 9 proposed constitutional amendments in August.
“By randomly selecting the order in which the amendments appear, we can help ensure no amendment unfairly benefits from its placement on the ballot,” Steen stated in a release published at his office’s website, www.sos.state.tx.us.
The amendments will appear in the following order:
• Proposition 1 (HJR 62) The constitutional amendment authorizing the 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 armed services of the United States who is killed in action.
• Proposition 2 (HJR 79) The constitutional amendment eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational.
• Proposition 3 (HJR 133) The constitutional amendment to authorize a political subdivision of this state to extend the number of days that 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 authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse 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.