Residents will have until Nov. 1 to cast their votes early in the Nov. 5 election at the Brown County Elections office, located at 511 East Adams St. During this election, residents will have the opportunity to cast their votes on nine constitutional amendments.
Amendments on the ballot include:
Proposition 1 by state Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, would authorize the Legislature to provide a property tax exemption for the spouses of veterans. This amendment specifically authorizes a tax exemption for all or part of the market value of the residences of spouses of military members who are killed in action.
Proposition 2 by state Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, would eliminate a requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund. Neither is in operation, with the State Medical Education Board having been defunct for more than a quarter-century.
Proposition 3 by state Rep. Linda Harper-Brown, R-Irving, would extend the tax exemption period on storing aircraft parts in the state and would provide more tax relief to aerospace manufacturers, which often hold such parts in inventory for an extended period of time.
Proposition 4 by state Rep. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, authorize the Legislature to give a partial property tax exemption on charity-donated residences to disabled veterans or their surviving spouses. The amendment would strike the current requirement that qualifying residents be “100 percent” disabled.
Proposition 5 by state Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, would allow homeowners age 62 or older to use reverse mortgages to purchase residences. The current law only expressly allows traditional mortgages, which lets such homeowners borrow against the equity of their homes. The amendment would allow the prospective borrower to use a Federal Housing Administration-insured home equity conversion mortgage to help buy a new home.
Proposition 6 by state Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, would create two funds to help finance key projects in the state water plan by pulling about $2 billion from the Texas Economic Stabilization Fund.
Proposition 7 by state Rep. Sergio Munoz, Jr., D-Palmview, would authorize home-rule municipalities to choose how to fill city council vacancies if the positions have less than 12 months remaining in a three- or four-year term. The amendment would remove the requirement to hold a mandatory special election for those positions.
Proposition 8 by state Rep. Bobby Guerra, D-Mission, would repeal a constitutional provision authorizing the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.
Proposition 9 by state Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, would authorize the State Commission on Judicial Conduct to use additional disciplinary actions — including public admonition, warning, reprimand, or required additional training or education — against judges or justices after a hearing. The current law allows the SCJC to issue a public censure or recommend a judge’s removal or retirement.
In both early voting and on Nov. 5, resident will be required to show one of the following forms of photo identification in order to cast their vote:
• Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
• Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
• Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
• Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
• United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
• United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
• United States passport
With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented at the polling place.
There are exemptions to the requirement for photo ID. Those exemptions are:
• If you are voting by mail, you do not have to submit a photo ID.
• If you have a documented disability, You may apply at your county voter registrar for a permanent exemption for the photo ID requirement. If approved, you will not need a photo ID to vote.
The U.S. Supreme Court earlier cleared the way for photo ID requirements in Texas, originally passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011, to take effect.
Election identification certificates are available only for voters who do not already have a required form of photo identification. There is no fee for the certificate. Information on how to obtain an election identification certificate can be found at www.dps.texas.gov and residents may also contact DPS at (512) 424-2600.
To review frequently asked questions and answers, visit www.votetexas.gov.