New voter info from League of Women Voters
League of Women Voters of Texas
Expands Voter Guide Platforms for
Nov. 3, 2015 Constitutional Amendment Election
Austin, TX - Texas voters will decide in the November 3, 2015, election whether or not seven amendments proposed by the Texas Legislature should be added to the Texas Constitution. "The Texas Constitution is among the longest in the county," according to Elaine Wiant, President of the League of Women Voters of Texas. "Since it was adopted in 1876, 483 amendments have been approved by Texas voters. If a majority of those voting in the November 3 election support these propositions, they will become part of the Texas Constitution."
The Texas League provides several resources to help voters prepare for the November 2015 Constitutional Amendment Election. A nonpartisan Voters Guide with ballot language, explanation, and balanced arguments for and against each proposition, plus information on photo ID and other voting requirements, is available on the Texas League website, lwvtexas.org, in both English and Spanish. Information is also available on the League's interactive Voters Guide, VOTE411.org, and in print through local Leagues and many libraries across the state.
A short video describing each proposition is provided on the League's YouTube channel (League of Women Voters of Texas) and at lwvtexas.org.
The League's Voters Guide is also available on the "Voting App" on Android and iOs formats. Look for the free Voting App at the Play Store or the iPhone Store.
On November 3, you must vote in the precinct where you live, unless your county is participating in countywide vote centers. The polls are open from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM. Locations are published in newspapers, and on online by the county clerk or election administrator. County elections information is available at http://VoteTexas.gov or http://VOTE411.org.
Fun facts about the Texas Constitution:
The current Texas Constitution was adopted in 1876
483 Amendments have been adopted by voters, 179 have been rejected
Proposed amendments begin as joint resolutions filed during a legislative session in either the Texas House or Texas Senate. Joint resolutions passed by at least 2/3 of both chambers are submitted to voters for approval.
The joint resolution specifies the date the proposed amendment will put be on the ballot, usually the November general election in odd-numbered years after the Legislature meets, but there are exceptions.
The propositions on the ballot matter to all Texans:
Proposition 1 increases the homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000
Proposition 2 extends a property tax exemption to the surviving spouse of a totally disable veteran who died before 2010
Proposition 3 repeals the requirement that certain statewide officers live in Austin
Proposition 4 permits professional sports teams to conduct charitable raffles
Proposition 5 allows counties with fewer than 7,500 people to provide private road maintenance
Proposition 6 includes in the Constitution the right to hunt and fish
Proposition 7 diverts $2.5 Billion or more of sales tax revenue from the General Fund to the State Highway Fund
Texas voter identification information:
Texas requires voters to show one of the accepted photo IDs at the polls in order to vote. The only acceptable photo IDs are:
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) issued photo IDs
Personal identification card
Concealed handgun license
Election Identification Certificate
United States government issued photo IDs
Military identification card
Citizenship certificate or naturalization certificate with photograph
Only the above photo IDs can be accepted at the polls. Other photo IDs including student IDs, employer IDs and out-of-state driver licenses cannot be accepted. The photo ID needs to be current or have expired no more than 60 days before voting (citizenship and naturalization certificates have no expiration date).
The name on the photo ID should match the voter registration card. If names match, addresses don't need to match. If the names don't match exactly, the voter can be accepted if names are substantially similar; poll workers will look at address, date of birth, and the photo. If names are substantially similar, the voter will initial a box for similar name when signing in to vote. "If the name on your photo ID doesn't match your voter registration, you can change the name on your voter registration to match your photo ID," Wiant suggested. "You can do complete the form at the polling place so it will match for the Primary Election next spring."
The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Texas has been "educating and agitating" since 1919. The League encourages active and informed civic participation in government and increased understanding of major public policy issues. The League of Women Voters' non-partisan Voters Guide is highly respected and sought after by voters in local and statewide elections in Texas.
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