Time to vote! November 7 – Constitutional Election

2017 Texas Constitutional Election

 

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Tuesday, November 7, Texans will cast ballots on 7 amendments to the state Constitution. Thanks to the Texas Tribune for the summaries. You can also review information from the  League of Women Voters of Texas here.

Proposition 1 (HJR 21): Disabled Veteran and Veteran Widow Tax Relief

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization for less than the market value of the residence homestead and harmonizing certain related provisions of the Texas Constitution.”

What it means: It would authorize property tax exemptions for certain partially disabled veterans or their surviving spouses — those whose homes were donated to them by charity for less than market value. Introduced by team, slight Partisan Bill (Republican 5-3)

Proposition 2 (SJR 60): Home Equity Loan Restrictions

“The constitutional amendment to establish a lower amount for expenses that can be charged to a borrower and removing certain financing expense limitations for a home equity loan, establishing certain authorized lenders to make a home equity loan, changing certain options for the refinancing of home equity loans, changing the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, and allowing home equity loans on agricultural homesteads.”

What it means: This would ease restrictions on borrowing against home equity in Texas. Introduced by Rep. Angie Button (R-Richardson)

Proposition 3 (SJR 34): Term Limit of Appointees

“The constitutional amendment limiting the service of certain officeholders appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate after the expiration of the person’s term of office.”

What it means: Unsalaried appointees whose terms have ended but who have not been replaced would serve only until the next legislative session has ended. Introduced by team, heavy Partisan Bill (Republican 10-1)

Proposition 4 (SJR 6): Notify Attorney General of Court Challenges

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional.”

What it means: This would require courts to notify the state attorney general of any constitutional challenges to state laws. Introduced by team, non Partisan Bill (2-2 split)

Proposition 5 (HJR 100): Sports Raffles

“The constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles.”

What it means: It would expand the definition of a “professional sports team,” giving more team-connected foundations the ability to hold charitable raffles. Introduced by team, slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-1)

Proposition 6 (SJR 1): First Responder Widow Tax Relief

“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 first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.”

What it means: It would authorize property tax exemptions for the surviving spouses of first responders. Introduced by team, non Partisan Bill (108 sponsors of both parties and chambers)

Proposition 7 (HJR 37): Encourage Savings Through Bank Promotions

“The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.”

What it means: It would allow banks and other financial institutions to conduct promotional activities—such as raffles—to encourage savings. Introduced by Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas)

There is also a deeper analysis of the ballot initiatives from the Texas House Research Organization.

Local Elections

In addition to the constitutional election these communities will have local elections: Anna, Dallas, Fairview, Josephine, Lavon, Lowry Crossing, Murphy, Princeton, Sachse, Community ISD, Princeton ISD.

The city of Anna is having a special election to fill vacancies for mayor and council member place 4. Candidates for Mayor are:

  • Stan Carver II (R)
  • Nate Pike (I)

Candidates for Council Member Place 4 are:

  • Alonzo Tutson (R)
  • Chris Reeves (I)
  • Bill Morgan (R)
  • Russell J. Wong (I)

The city of Dallas has 10 bond propositions going on the ballot:

  1. Street Bonds: $534m bonds for street and transportation improvements.
  2. Parks & Rec Bonds: $262m bonds for parks and recreation facilities and improvements.
  3. Fair Park Bonds: $50m bonds for fair park improvements.
  4. Flood & Drainage Bonds: $49m bonds for flood protection and storm drainage improvements.
  5. Library Bonds: $16m bonds for library facilities and improvements.
  6. Arts Bonds: $14m bonds for cultural and performing arts facilities and improvements.
  7. Public Safety Bonds: $32m bonds for public safety facilities and improvements.
  8. City Hall Bonds: $18m bonds for repairs and improvements to city hall and to various city service and administrative facilities.
  9. Economic Development Bonds: $55m bonds for funding the city’s economic development program.
  10. Housing Bonds: $20m bonds for permanent, supportive and transitional housing facilities for the homeless.

The town of Fairview will have a $25.5m bond election for constructing a new municipal complex.

The city of Josephine will have a contested election for Place 2 Alderman between:

  1. Katrina Heifner (R)
  2. Jason Arnold (R)

The city of Lavon will have a contested election for City Council Place 4 between:

  1. Tim Davis (D)
  2. Stormy Howland (R)

The city of Lowry Crossing has 2 bond propositions going on the ballot:

  1. Reducing Economic Development sales tax to ¼¢ if a Municipal Development District is approved.
  2. Creating a Municipal Development District at ½¢ sales tax if the Economic Development sales tax is reduced to ¼¢.

The city of Murphy has 4 bond propositions going on the ballot:

  1. $15.5m bond for street improvements.
  2. $1.7m bond for public safety.
  3. $1.3m bond for municipal building improvements.
  4. $4.4m bond for parks.

The city of Princeton is having their normal city council elections. John-Mark Caldwell is unopposed for mayor.

Candidates for Council Member Place 1 are:

  1. David Kleiber (R)
  2. Nick Robinson (I)

Candidates for Council Member Place 2 are:

  1. JR Foreman (I)
  2. Rich Hooper (R)

The city of Sachse has 2 bond propositions going on the ballot:

  1. Authorizing the creation of the City of Sachse Municipal Development District and the imposition of a sales and use tax at the rate of ¼% for the purpose of financing development projects beneficial to the district.
  2. The legal sale of all alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption only.

Community ISD will have a $115.7m bond for constructing a new school.

Princeton ISD will have a contested election for two school trustee positions between:

  1. Lisa D. Caldwell (R)
  2. Chad Jones (R)
  3. John G. Murray (D)

Register

The voter registration deadline for new voters is Tuesday, October 10.  You can check your voter registration here.  If you need to, you can download a voter registration form here.  There is help in the office if you need it.  Remember it must be postmarked by October 10 to be eligible for the November 7 election.

If you are unsure of your current registration status, please vote early. Texas offers provisional and limited options for recently moved voters during early voting that aren’t available on election day.

November General Election – Early Voting Dates

Monday-Friday: October 23 – October 27: 8am-5pm

Saturday: October 28: 7am – 7pm

Sunday: October 29: 1pm – 6pm

Monday-Friday: October 30 – 31 and November 1 – 3: 7am – 7pm

Election Day: Tuesday, November 7: 7am – 7pm

Every Day Voting Locations

Collin County residents may vote at any of the below listed voting centers in Collin County regardless of their city of residence. Centers are listed by city merely for convenience.

Allen (Fairview & Lucas):

Allen Municipal Courts Facility
301 Century Pkwy
Allen, TX 75013

Lovejoy ISD Administration Building
259 Country Club Rd
Allen, TX 75002

Celina:

Celina ISD Administration Building
205 S. Colorado
Celina, TX 75009

If you live on the Denton County side of Celina you must vote in Denton County, for those locations click here for early vote locations and here for election day information.

Dallas:

Renner Frankford Library
6400 Frankford Rd
Dallas, TX 75252

If you live on the Dallas County side of Dallas you must vote in Dallas County, for those locations click here for early vote locations and here for election day information. If you live on the Denton County of Dallas you must vote in Denton County, for those locations click here for early vote locations and here for election day information.

Frisco:

Collin College–Preston Ridge Campus, Bldg D.
9700 Wade Blvd
Frisco, TX 75035

Frisco Senior Center
6670 Moore Street
Frisco, TX 75034

If you live on the Denton County side of Frisco you must vote in Denton County, for those locations click here for early vote locations and here for election day information.

Lavon:

Lavon City Hall
120 School Road
Lavon, TX 75166

McKinney:

Collin County Elections (Main Early Voting Location)
2010 Redbud Blvd, Suite 102
McKinney, TX 75069

Collin College–Central Park Campus
2200 W. University Dr
McKinney, TX 75071

Collin College – Higher Education Center
3452 Spur 399
McKinney, TX 75069

McKinney Fire Station #5
6600 W. Virginia Parkway
McKinney, TX 75071

McKinney Fire Station #7
861 S. Independence Pkwy
McKinney, TX 75070

Old Settlers Recreation Center
1201 E. Louisiana St
McKinney, TX 75069

Murphy:

Murphy Community Center
205 North Murphy Road
Murphy, TX 75094

Nevada:

Terry Pope Administration Building
611 N FM 1138
Nevada, TX 75173

Parker:

Parker City Hall
5700 E. Parker Road
Parker, TX 75002

Plano:

Carpenter Park Recreation Ctr
6701 Coit Road
Plano, TX 75024

Christ United Methodist Church
3101 Coit Road
Plano, TX 75075

Collin College–Spring Creek Campus
2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy
Plano, TX 75074

Davis Library
7501-B Independence Pkwy
Plano, TX 75025

Haggard Library
2501 Coit Rd
Plano, TX 75075

Harrington Library
1501 18th Street
Plano, TX 75074

Parr Library
6200 Windhaven Pkwy
Plano, TX 75093

Plano ISD Administration Center
2700 W. 15th Street
Plano, TX 75075

If you live on the Denton County side of Plano you must vote in Denton County, for those locations click here for early vote locations and here for election day information.

Princeton:

Princeton City Hall
123 W. Princeton Drive
Princeton, TX 75407

Prosper:

Prosper Municipal Chambers
108 W. Broadway
Prosper, TX 75078

If you live on the Denton County side of Prosper you must vote in Denton County, for those locations click here for early vote locations and here for election day information.

Richardson:

Methodist Richardson Medical Center
2831 E President George Bush Freeway
Richardson, TX 75082

If you live on the Dallas County side of Richardson you must vote in Dallas County, for those locations click here for early vote locations and here for election day information.

Wylie:

Smith Library
300 Country Club Rd
Wylie, TX 75098

Temporary Early Voting Locations

Nevada

Oct 26–27 6pm–9pm only
Community ISD Athletic Facility
600 N. FM 1138
Nevada, TX 75173

Farmersville

Oct 23–27 8am–5pm only
Farmersville City Hall
205 S Main St
Farmersville, TX 75442

Anna

Oct 30–31 7am–7pm only
Texas Star Bank
402 W. White St
Anna, TX 75409

Nov 1–3 7am–7pm only