Constitutional Amendment decisions on November 5th Election Ballot

Christie Mooney, Archer County Elections Administrator and Voter Registrar, hard at work insuring the integrity of the ballot box in Archer County.  

The November General Election on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, will not attract as much attention as the 2020 Election, but it is going to be important for Texas voters. No individuals running for office will appear on the ballot for election. However, ten Proposed Constitutional Amendments will appear on the ballot.

The State of Texas House and Senate are empowered to enact laws, but they are not permitted to pass legislation related to revisions in the State Constitution. Only Texas voters can approved changes to the Constitution. There are ten items from the last legislative session for Texas voters to vote “For” or “Against” on the ballot. The wording on the ballot often can be a little confusing so Texas voters should take some time to be sure they are registering the proper response.

For instance, Proposition 4, the most high profile amendment, reads, “The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income.” The key word here is “prohibiting.” If you do not want the Texas Legislature to have the power to impose an individual income tax without voter approval you are “For” prohibiting. If you are okay with allowing the Texas Legislature to have the power, as it currently does, to impose an individual income tax you are “Against’ the amendment.

The other amendments are fairly straight forward with language such as permitting, providing, authorizing, dedicating, and allowing. In those cases a “For” or “Against” is fairly easy to discern. Prohibiting is the culprit in Proposition 4. Be careful and read closely so your vote will reflect what you desire. The ten propositions are printed at the end of this article as they will appear on the November 5 ballot.

Christie Mooney, Archer County Elections Administrator and Voter Registrar, said “Archer County Polling Locations are now set in stone and will never change on County, State, and Federal elections.” There are now 6 Election Day Polling Places and registered voters can vote at any location on Election Day. There are now three Early Voting locations, each different from Election Day Polling Locations, to avoid confusion. She said, “Basically, no matter where you live in the County during Early Voting or on Election Day you can vote anywhere you want to.” Mooney was proud of the work accomplished both on voting locations and the Election website on the Archer County website saying, “There shouldn’t be one person in Archer County that doesn’t know where they are supposed to vote and what they are voting on. I’ve done a lot of work on that page.”

The Archer County Election Administration page Mooney was referring to can be reached at www.co.archer.tx.us . On the Archer County homepage choose Elections in the Quicklinks

Archer County. The polling locations are in a link on the page as are Important Dates, Offices for Election in 2020, and a link to the Proposed Constitutional Amendments in English and Spanish. Mooney’s email, address and phone number are also listed on the page. Another way to reach the page is to enter Archer County Election in a Google search. A direct link to the Elections page will pop right up.

Another helpful link on the Elections homepage is Vote411.org. There you can register to vote, check your registration status, and find out what’s on the ballot. The last day to register to vote in the November 5 election is Monday, October 7, 2019. Early voting starts Monday, October 21. The last day for Early Voting is Friday, November 1. All these dates and many other important dates are available on the website.

November 5, 2019 Constitutional Amendment Election Ballot

Language

Proposition 1- “The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.” HJR 72

Proposition 2 - “The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $200 million to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.” SJR 79

Proposition 3- “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a temporary exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster.” HJR 3 4

Proposition 4- “The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income.” HJR 38

Proposition 5- “The constitutional amendment dedicating the revenue received from the existing state sales and use taxes that are imposed on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to protect Texas’ natural areas, water quality, and history by acquiring, managing, and improving state and local parks and historic sites while not increasing the rate of the state sales and use taxes.” SJR 24

Proposition 6- “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.” HJR 12

Proposition 7- “The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.” HJR 151

Proposition 8- “The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.” HJR 4

Proposition 9- “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.” HJR 95

Proposition 10 “The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.”

Archer County Election Day Vote Centers

Archer County Activity Building

512 West Cottonwood Street

Archer City, TX 76351

Windthorst Knights of Columbus Hall

19119 U S Hwy 281

Windthorst, TX 76389

Lakeside City Baptist Church

Fellowship Hall

3384 State Hwy 79 South

Wichita Falls, TX 76310

Holliday Community Center

201 North Walnut Street

Holliday, TX 76366

Scotland Knights of Columbus Hall

12538 US Hwy 281

Scotland, TX 76379

Megargel City Hall

902 Cedar Street

Megargel, TX 76370

Archer County Early Voting Vote Centers

Archer County Courthouse Annex

Meeting Room

112 Eat Walnut Street

Archer City, TX 76351

Holliday City Hall

110 West Olive Street

Holliday, TX 76366’

Lakeside City Municipal Building

42 Donna Street

Lakeside City, TX 76308

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