Though most everyone’s attention is set on 2020 at this point, there is still one more election to get through this year. Early voting for said election begins Monday, Oct. 21 and runs through Friday Nov. 1. Early voting will be open 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.
On the ballot this cycle are 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. The proposals stem from the now-closed 2019 Texas legislative session. Though other cities and counties may have local proposals, there is nothing else on the ballot in Gonzales County.
Voters will have three locations to choose from during early voting: Randle Rather Building in Gonzales, City of Nixon Building and City of Waelder Building. Voters are not restricted to precincts during early voting and may vote at any location listed above.
This forthcoming election is the first to use the county’s newly purchased hybrid electronic voting machines.
The ballot measures as described by the Texas Secretary of State’s office. The descriptions will read as such on the ballot with the option to choose “for” or “against” below.
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.”