By Chris Edwards
Early voting for 14 statewide constitutional amendment propositions, as well as three Woodville City Council seats and an at-large Ivanhoe City Council seat are on the ballot for Tyler County voters.
Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 23 at 8 a.m.
One at-large position on the Ivanhoe council is up for grabs. Incumbents Justin Gregory; David Herrington and Joe D. McWhorter are on the ballot with challenger Bob Stoneman. Ivanhoe voters will vote for up to three choices on the ballot in this election.
The Woodville City Council has its alderman place 1, 3 and 5 seats up for grabs. Joyce Wilson, who serves in place 1, is running unopposed, as is Lee P. Mann, of place 5. The place 3 seat has incumbent Clifton “Cliff” Wright running against challengers Paula M. Jones and Elizabeth Grammer.
The amendments on the ballot include:
•Proposition 1: Establishing a right to farming, ranching, timber production, horticulture, and wildlife management on owned or leased personal property.
•Proposition 2: Allowing local governments to exempt childcare facilities from property taxes.
•Proposition 3: Prohibiting the imposition of an individual wealth or net worth tax on individuals or families.
•Proposition 4: Increasing the homestead tax exemption by a school district to $100,000 and increasing state funding for public education.
•Proposition 5: Renaming State University Research Fund from National Research University Fund and establishing an ongoing revenue source from the accrued interest of the Economic Stabilization Fund (the Rainy Day Fund.).
•Proposition 6: Creating the Texas water fund to assist in financing water projects in this state.
•Proposition 7: Creating the Texas Energy Fund to support the construction, maintenance, modernization, and operation of electric generating facilities.
•Proposition 8: Creating the Texas Broadband Infrastructure Fund to expand high-speed broadband access and assist in the financing of connectivity projects.
•Proposition 9: Authorizing the state legislature to provide a cost-of-living adjustment to eligible annuitants of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
•Proposition 10: Authorizing the state legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation tangible personal property manufactured by medical or biomedical companies.
•Proposition 11: Authorizing the legislature to permit conservation and reclamation districts in El Paso County to issue bonds supported by ad valorem taxes to fund the development and maintenance of parks and recreational facilities.
•Proposition 12: Providing for the abolition of the office of county treasurer in Galveston County.
•Proposition 13: Increasing the mandatory retirement age for state judges and justices from 75 to 79 and the minimum retirement age to 75 years, up from 70.
•Proposition 14: Providing for the creation of the centennial parks conservation fund to be used for the creation and improvement of state parks.
In 2022, during the midterm gubernatorial election, Tyler County voters turned out to the polls to the tune of 51.01% of the county’s electorate, with 7,401 out of 14,509 registered voters making their voices heard at the polls. Of those, 3,699 took advantage of the early voting period.
Early voting runs from Oct. 23 to Nov. 3 at the XXXXXXXXXXXX
Hours of operation for early voting:
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 through Tuesday, Oct. 27
8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30 through Wednesday, Nov. 1
8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2 through Friday. Nov. 3
Election Day Hours of Operation: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7