By Emily Banks Wooten
As of press time Tuesday, 87 ballots had been cast during early voting for the November 2 Constitutional Amendment Election. Of those 87, 55 were cast in Livingston, 26 were cast in Onalaska and six in Corrigan. Early voting by personal appearance began Monday and will continue through October 29.
Polling places for early voting are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Polk County Judicial Center at 101 W. Mill Street in Livingston, the Onalaska Subcourthouse at 14115 U.S. Hwy. 190 West in Onalaska and the Sechrest Webster Community Center at 100 West Front Street in Corrigan.
However, if an application for ballot by mail is faxed or emailed or if a federal postcard application is faxed, the original application must be received within four business days.
The proposed additions to the Texas Constitution were passed as bills during this year’s legislative session and a majority of voters in the state must approve each amendment before it can be officially added to the Constitution. There are no state elected seats on the ballot this November.
The eight proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot are:
PROPOSITION 1: The constitutional amendment authorizing the professional sports team charitable foundations of organizations sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association to conduct charitable raffles at rodeo venues.
PROPOSITION 2: The constitutional amendment authorizing a county to finance the development or redevelopment of transportation or infrastructure in unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted areas in the county.
PROPOSITION 3: The constitutional amendment to prohibit this state or a political subdivision of this state from prohibiting or limiting religious services of religious organizations.
PROPOSITION 4: The constitutional amendment changing the eligibility requirements for a justice of the supreme court, a judge of the court of criminal appeals, a justice of a court of appeals, and a district judge.
PROPOSITION 5: The constitutional amendment providing additional powers to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct with respect to candidates for judicial office.
PROPOSITION 6: The constitutional amendment establishing a right for residents of certain facilities to designate an essential caregiver for in-person visitation.
PROPOSITION 7: The constitutional amendment to allow the surviving spouse of a person who is disabled to receive a limitation on the school district ad valorem taxes on the spouse’s residence homestead if the spouse is 55 years of age or older at the time of the person’s death.
PROPOSITION 8: 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 member of the armed services of the United States who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.