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.


Religious Freedom Vote Results From Texas House

May 16, 2011

Last Friday, the Texas House of Representatives voted 82-32 on the religious freedom protection constitutional amendment, coming up short of receiving the 100 votes of the 150 House members (2/3rds) necessary  to pass a constitutional amendment. While this is a disappointing outcome as it brings this effort to a halt for this session, we are thankful for your calls and emails to your House members. We’ll continue to work to protect religious freedom across the state and nationwide.

A state religious freedom constitutional amendment would have provided the best guarantee of lasting protection for citizens’ religious liberties in Texas from an overreaching legislature, government bureaucracy, or court. 

 It is interesting to note that seven Republicans voted against HJR 135 and three Democrats voted for HJR 135, on the final vote.  The ACLU also opposed HJR 135.

Since the vote last week on HJR 135, many of you have asked for the results of the vote.  Click here to see how each member of the Texas House, including yours, voted on the religious freedom constitutional amendment, HJR 135.

View the Texas Legislature’s link to the official vote.


Urgent: Call Texas House Now To Protect Religious Freedom! Vote is Today!

May 12, 2011

10:00 p.m. Religious Freedom Protection Final Vote Tomorrow, 2/3rds Support Needed! Bill did passed by 79-45, numerous members not present. HJR 135 will need 100 votes on final vote tomorrow, for 2/3rds majority because it is a constitutional amendment. The ACLU opposes HJR 135.

7:00 p.m.  Still waiting on ruling for point of order.  Deadline to pass this bill is 11:59 p.m., tonight.

3:45 p.m.  Still waiting on a ruling on the point of order.

3:15 p.m.  HJR 135 is update for debate and VOTE!  Point of order has been called.  Decision coming.

After hours of debate yesterday, the Texas House will vote TODAY on HJR 135, the constitutional amendment affirming religious freedom!

A state religious freedom constitutional amendment provides the best guarantee of lasting protection for citizens’ religious liberties in Texas from an overreaching legislature, government bureaucracy, or court. HJR 135 must pass by a 2/3rds majority because it is a constitutional amendment. This amendment would enshrine in our state constitution strong religious freedom protection for many years to come!  This is the last day for a vote!

Please call your Texas House member today and ask him or her to follow Rep. Larry Phillips, the author of the bill, and vote for HJR 135! Please make sure your Representative votes for this important bill! 

Visit our blog for updates throughout the day.


Protect Your Right to Religious Freedom! Ask Texas House To Support HJR 135

May 10, 2011

HJR 135 provides specific protection for religious freedom in the Texas Constitution, and is scheduled for a vote by the full Texas House tomorrow!  Religious freedom is one of our most foundational freedoms, but today this historical right to freely exercise religious faith is under increasing attack by government.

In Texas, school students were told they couldn’t write “Merry Christmas” to our troops in Iraq, they couldn’t say words like G-O-D, and officials have actually tried to ban crosses and a rosary as gang symbols.  A Texas city even passed an ordinance to effectively ban a religious ministry from the city limits. Across the country we see even more erosion of religious freedom against people of all faiths.

A state religious freedom constitutional amendment provides the best guarantee of lasting protection for citizens’ religious liberties in Texas from an overreaching legislature, government bureaucracy, or court. HJR 135 must pass by a 2/3rds majority because it is a constitutional amendment. This amendment would enshrine in our state constitution strong religious freedom protection for many years to come!

Call your Texas House member today and ask him or her to vote for HJR 135! 


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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIS IS AN OLD POST.  THERE ARE NO STATEWIDE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS ON THE BALLOT FOR THE NOVEMBER 2010 ELECTION.  FOR CANDIDATE INFORMATION FOR NOVEMBER 2010, GO TO www.freevotersguide.com

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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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