Texas Constitutional Amendment Election Results

November 9, 2011

Propositions 4, 7,and 8 go down.  All others pass.

Proposition 1

In Favor: 82.88%

Against: 17.11%

Proposition 2

In Favor: 51.52%

Against: 48.47%

Proposition 3

In Favor: 54.52%

Against: 45.47%

Proposition 4

In Favor: 40.28%

Against: 59.71%

Proposition 5

In Favor: 57.77%

Against: 42.22%

Proposition 6

In Favor: 51.57%

Against: 48.42%

Proposition 7

In Favor: 48.30%

Against: 51.69%

Proposition 8

In Favor: 47%

Against: 52.99%

Proposition 9

In Favor: 57.31%

Against: 42.68%

Proposition 10

In Favor: 55.94%

Against: 44.05%

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Today is Constitutional Amendment Election Day – Go Vote!

November 8, 2011

Today is election day in Texas.  There are 10 Constitutional Amendments on the ballot as well as bond elections and races at the local level. For more details on the election and to download our Constitutional Amendment Voters Guide, visit our recent blog post.  We also have a website, FreeVotersGuide.com, where you can download this free guide and find all the important information related to the election. Remember on election day you must vote in your local precinct.  You can find your polling location at the Secretary of State’s website.  Polling location will be open until 7:00 p.m.

Be sure to check back on the blog after the election.  We will have the election results and analysis for the Constitutional Amendment Election.


Constitutional Election Day is Tomorrow, Download our Guide Today!

November 7, 2011

Tomorrow, Nov. 8, is the Constitutional Amendment Election Day, and Texans will vote on 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. One of our main goals at Liberty Institute is to educate and empower citizens to become active and engaged participants in their government, and one of our most effective tools in helping educate citizens are our free Voters Guides. For the Constitutional Amendment Election, we have put together a non-partisan, educational voters guide that lists a short summary of the proposed amendments while presenting the pros and cons to each in order to help voters make a more informed vote. For more details on the election and to download our guide, visit our recent blog post.  We also have a website, FreeVotersGuide.com, where you can download this free guide and find all the important information related to the election.  Remember on election day you must vote in your local precinct.

Amending our state constitution is an important responsibility given to the citizens of Texas, and it is a responsibility we must take seriously and proceed with cautiously. An important question to ask when going to vote on amendments to the constitution is “Does this proposed amendment increase the power and size of government or does it increase individual liberty?”.  We encourage everyone to educate themselves on the proposed amendments so that they can cast an informed vote.

 


Constitutional Amendment Election Early Voting Starts Today! Get your Guide at FreeVotersGuide.com

October 24, 2011

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Today,  Texans will begin going to the polls to vote on ten proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.  One of our main goals at Liberty Institute is to educate and empower citizens to become active and engaged participants in their government, and one of our most effective tools in helping educate citizens are our free Voters Guides.  For the Constitutional Amendment Election, we have put together a non-partisan, educational voters guide that lists a short summary of the proposed amendments while presenting the pros and cons to each in order to help voters make a more informed vote.  At our website, FreeVotersGuide.com, you can download this free guide and find all the important information related to the election.  The key dates for the upcoming Constitutional Amendment Election are as follows:

October 24th, 2011 – First Day of Early Voting

November 4th, 2011 – Last Day of Early Voting

November 8th, 2011 – Election Day

Please visit FreeVotersGuide.com and download our Constitutional Amendment Election Voters Guide and share the guide with your family, friends, neighbors, and church.  Amending our state constitution is an important responsibility given to the citizens of Texas, and we encourage everyone to educate themselves on the proposed amendments so that they can cast an informed vote.


What’s On the Ballot? Texas Nov. 8 Constitutional Amendment Election Voters Guide

October 11, 2011

Today is the last day for Texans to register to vote for the Nov. 8 Constitutional Amendment Election.  Don’t forget that early voting starts in less than 2 weeks on October 24th. Here is a summary and the ballot language for the 10 proposed amendments that will be on the ballot. For a full rundown of the pros and cons of all 10 amendments, be sure to download a copy of our Constitutional Amendment Election Voters Guide.

Prop 1 (SJR 14)

Summary: Allows surviving spouse of disabled veteran to receive property tax exemption on residential homestead.

Ballot Language: “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 100 percent or totally disabled veteran.”

Prop 2 (SJR 4)

Summary: Gives permanent bonding authority to Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to issue additional general obligation bonds.

Ballot Language: “The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $6 billion at any time outstanding.”

Prop 3 (SJR 50)

Summary: Gives permanent bonding authority to Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to issue general obligation bonds to finance low-interest students loans.

Ballot Language: “The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of general obligation bonds of the State of Texas to finance educational loans to students.”

Prop 4 (HJR 63)

Summary: Gives authority to counties to participate in certain tax increment financing or reinvestment zones.

Ballot Language: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit a county to issue bonds or notes to finance the development or redevelopment of an unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted area and to pledge for repayment of the bonds or notes increases in ad valorem taxes imposed by the county on property in the area.  The amendment does not provide authority for increasing ad valorem tax rates.”

Prop 5 (SJR 26)

Summary: Allows interlocal contracts by cities and counties without a tax or a sinking fund.

Ballot Language: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to allow cities or counties to enter into interlocal contracts with other cities or counties without the imposition of a tax or the provision of a sinking fund.”

Prop 6 (HJR 109)

Summary: Gives greater authority to the School Land Board (SLB) to distribute funds from Permanent School Fund (PSF) to Available School Fund (ASF).

Ballot Language: “The constitutional amendment clarifying references to the permanent school fund, allowing the General Land Office to distribute revenue from permanent school fund land or other properties to the available school fund to provide additional funding for public education, and providing for an increase in the market value of the permanent school fund for the purpose of allowing increased distributions from the available school fund.”

Prop 7 (SJR 28)

Summary: Authorizes El Paso County districts to issue bonds supported by property taxes for parks and recreational facilities.

Ballot Language: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit conservation and reclamation districts in El Paso County to issue bonds supported by ad valorem taxes to fund the development and maintenance of parks and recreational facilities.”

Prop 8 (SJR 16)

Summary: Provides for taxation of open-space land devoted to water stewardship based on its productive capacity.

Ballot Language: “The constitutional amendment providing for the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of open-space land devoted to water-stewardship purposes on the basis of its productive capacity.”

Prop 9 (SJR 9)

Summary: Allows a pardon by the governor after successful deferred adjudication community supervision.

Ballot Language: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the governor to grant a pardon to a person who successfully completes a term of deferred adjudication community supervision.”

Prop 10 (SJR 37)

Summary: Lengthens period before county or district officials must resign to run for other office from one year to one year and 30 days.

Ballot Language: “The constitutional amendment to change the length of the unexpired term that causes the automatic resignation of certain elected county or district officeholders if they become candidates for another office.

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Texas Constitutional Amendment Election Voter Guide!!

October 21, 2009

Texas Constitutional Amendment Election Day is November 8th, 2011.

Next Monday, October 24th,2011,  Texans will begin going to the polls to vote on ten proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.  One of our main goals at Liberty Institute is to educate and empower citizens to become active and engaged participants in their government, and one of our most effective tools in helping educate citizens are our free Voters Guides.  For the Constitutional Amendment Election, we have put together a non-partisan, educational voters guide that lists a short summary of the proposed amendments while presenting the pros and cons to each in order to help voters make a more informed vote.  At our website, FreeVotersGuide.com, you can download this free guide and find all the important information related to the election.  The key dates for the upcoming Constitutional Amendment Election are as follows:

October 24th, 2011 – First Day of Early Voting

November 4th, 2011 – Last Day of Early Voting

November 8th, 2011 – Election Day

Please visit FreeVotersGuide.com and download our Constitutional Amendment Election Voters Guide and share the guide with your family, friends, neighbors, and church.  Amending our state constitution is an important responsibility given to the citizens of Texas, and we encourage everyone to educate themselves on the proposed amendments so that they can cast an informed vote.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 2010 Texas Runoff Information and Voters Guide-  www.freevotersguide.com

MARCH 2010 ELECTION INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND HEREwww.freevotersguide.com

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THIS IS AN OLD POST-SEE ABOVE FOR MARCH 2010 ELECTION INFORMATION!!!

There are 11 Constitutional Amendments on the ballot this year.

Click here for our free 2009 Texas Constutional Amendment Voter Guide.  http://www.freemarket.org/Img/2009%20Constitutional%20Amendments%20Voter’s%20Guide.pdf

Click here to see the official ballot language.   http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/2009novballotlang.shtml

Click here for detailed analysis of each constitutional amendment by the Texas House Research Organization. http://www.hro.house.state.tx.us/framer2.htm

Early Voting has already begun and ends October 30th.  IF you miss early voting, the final election day is Tuesday, November 3rd.

Every registered voter in Texas can vote for or against these proposed constitutional amendments!!  If these measures pass, the Texas Constitution will be amended to add the new language and can only be changed by a subsequent constitutional amendment that passed the Texas House and Senate and then is placed on the ballot for Texas voters and is approved by a simple majority of those that cast a ballot.

That means there are very close to permanent, if they pass. The typical turnout for a Texas Constitutional Amendment election is between 10-15%.

Send questions to Jonathan Saenz, our Director of Legislative Affairs in Austin at legislative@freemarket.org

Please exercise your right to vote and let your voice be heard!!


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