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 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.


Final Vote on HJR 135 Today, Need Calls Now!

May 13, 2011

Update: This afternoon the Texas House of Representatives voted 82-32 on the religious freedom protection constitutional amendment, 18 votes shy of passage. Republican Rep. Charlie Geren spoke against HJR 135, the religious freedom protection constitutional amendment.  The ACLU also opposes HJR 135.

It takes 100 votes of the 150 House members (2/3rds) to pass a constitutional amendment. While this is a disappointing outcome, 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.

Late last night, HJR 135, passed 79-45 on 2nd reading, but numerous members were not present.  Today, HJR 135 is scheduled to be taken up for a final vote (3rd reading), but it needs 2/3rds majority because it is a constitutional amendment.  We need 100 votes for this final vote.

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.  This amendment is needed to provide the best guarantee of lasting protection for citizens’ religious liberties in Texas from an overreaching legislature, government bureaucracy, or court. This may be the best chance we have in the near future to put specific religious freedom protection in the Texas Constitution.

To find our how your member voted last night, click here.

Please call your Texas House member today and ask him or her vote for HJR 135! Please make sure your Representative votes for this important bill! 


Religious Liberty Constitutional Amendment, HJR 135, scheduled for vote today

May 11, 2011

HJR 135 is scheduled for a vote by the full Texas House today.  HJR 135 provides specific protection for religious freedom in the Texas Constitution.  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!

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

Check back on the blog today for updates.


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! 


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