Believe it or not, election day is fast approaching. Registered voters will take to the booths to vote on 10 state legislature proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. While other cities and counties may have other local proposals and races, there is nothing but the constitutional amendments on ballot in Gonzales County.
Election day is set for Nov. 5 but, as of press time, there are still two days—Oct. 31 and Nov. 1—of early voting remaining. Early voters are not bound to vote in their appointed precincts but must vote in county at one of three locations: Randle Rather Building, 427 Saint George St. Gonzales, Nixon City Building, 100 West 3rd St. Nixon and the Waelder City Building, 300 Highway 90A, Waelder.
For election day, voters must vote in their assigned consolidated precincts. Voters in precincts 1, 14 and 15 may vote at the Gonzales County Courthouse, 414 Saint Joseph St., Gonzales. Precinct 2 and 11 voters can cast ballots at the Gonzales Master Gardeners building, 623 N. Fair Street, Gonzales. Voters in precincts 3, 5, 7 and 8 can vote at the Gonzales City Building, 820 Saint Joseph St., Gonzales. Voters in precinct may vote at J.B. Wells Park, 2301 County Road 197, Gonzales.
There will be two polling locations outside of the City of Gonzales: precinct 9 voters can vote at the Waelder Community Center, 311 Highway 90 West, Waelder and precinct 4, 6, 10 and 13 voters can vote at the Gonzales County Nixon Annex, 603 East Central Ave.
This election is the county’s first to use newly purchased hybrid electronic voting machines. The hybrid system allows voters to enter selections electronically but still produces a paper trail for tabulation.
These are 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.”
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.”