By CHERIL VERNON
PALESTINE — Anderson County registered voters weighed in on nine constitutional amendments during Tuesday's election, overwhelmingly voting “for” the nine propositions on the ballot.
“We only had 2,021 ballots — a combined total of early and election day votes,” Anderson County Elections Administrator Casey Brown told the Herald-Press Tuesday night. “Low turnout is normal for a constitutional election.”
Fifty-nine percent of the Anderson County voters voted for Proposition 6, the proposition over water resources that has received the most media attention in the days leading up to the election. Approximately 1,193 voted for and 814 voted against the measure.
The constitutional amendment would provide 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 1 had the most votes “for” — with Anderson County voters voting 1,739 (86 percent) for the measure and 263 voting against it. The proposition 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.
For Proposition 2, Anderson County voters voted 1,627 (82 percent) for the measure and 344 against it. The constitutional amendment would eliminate 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.
For Proposition 3, local voters voted 1,000 (51 percent) for and 939 against. 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.
For Proposition 4, Anderson County voters voted 1,652 (82 percent) voting for and 340 voting against the measure. The constitutional amendment would authorize 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.
For Proposition 5, local voters voted 1,051 (54 percent) for and 891 against. The constitutional amendment would 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.
For Proposition 7, Anderson County voters voted 1,232 (63 percent) for and 716 against the measure. The constitutional amendment would authorize 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.
For Proposition 8, local voters voted 1,177 (63 percent) for and 686 against. The constitutional amendment would repeal Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.
For Proposition 9, Anderson County voters voted 1,461 (75 percent) for and 473 against the measure. The constitutional amendment relates 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.