A look ahead at the November Texas Constitutional amendment election


After receiving a proclamation from Texas Governor Greg Abbott for the Constitutional amendment election at their meeting Sept. 9, Gonzales County Commissioners Court officially approved an order of special election.

The forthcoming election is scheduled for Nov. 5 with an early voting period of Oct. 21 through Nov. 1. Early voting will be available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Randle-Rather Building in Gonzales, City of Waelder Building and the City of Nixon Building.  Voters will be able to vote at any polling location in county during early voting.

The court also approved a consolidation of precincts for election day voting. During election day itself, voters will be limited to six polling locations across the county. Precincts 1, 14 and 15 will be able to vote at the Gonzales County Courthouse, 414 Saint Joseph St. Gonzales Texas; Precincts 2 and 11 will vote at the Gonzales Master Gardner’s building, 623 N. Fair St. Gonzales, Texas; Precincts 3, 5, 7 and 8 can vote at the Gonzales Municipal Building, 820 Saint Joseph St. Gonzales, Texas; Precincts 4, 6, 10 and 13 will be able to vote at Gonzales County Nixon Annex, 603 E. Central, Nixon, Texas; Precinct 9 will vote at the Waelder Community Center, 311 Highway 90 W., Waelder, Texas and Precinct 12 can vote at J.B. Wells Jr. Park, Arena and Expo 2301 CR 197, Gonzales, Texas.

This election will be the first to utilize the county’s recently purchased election equipment. The new hybrid system will utilize touch-screen technologies for selection but will still produce a paper record for tabulation.

Texans will have the opportunity to vote on 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. All propositions and descriptions are as they will appear on ballot. Information courtesy of the Texas Secretary of State’s office.

Proposition 1 (HJR 72)

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


Proposition 2 (SJR 79)

“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.”

Proposition 3 (HJR 34)

“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.”

Proposition 4 (HJR 38)

“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.”


Proposition 5 (SJR 24)

“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.”

Proposition 6 (HJR 12)

"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."

Proposition 7 (HJR 151)

“The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.”

Proposition 8 (HJR 4)

“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.”

Proposition 9 (HJR 95)

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


Proposition 10 (SJR 32)

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