Time to vote! November 7 – Constitutional Election

2017 Texas Constitutional Election

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Tuesday, November 7, Texans will cast ballots on 7 amendments to the state Constitution. Thanks to the Texas Tribune for the summaries. You can also review information from the  League of Women Voters of Texas here.

Proposition 1 (HJR 21): Disabled Veteran and Veteran Widow Tax Relief

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization for less than the market value of the residence homestead and harmonizing certain related provisions of the Texas Constitution.”

What it means: It would authorize property tax exemptions for certain partially disabled veterans or their surviving spouses — those whose homes were donated to them by charity for less than market value. Introduced by team, slight Partisan Bill (Republican 5-3)

Proposition 2 (SJR 60): Home Equity Loan Restrictions

“The constitutional amendment to establish a lower amount for expenses that can be charged to a borrower and removing certain financing expense limitations for a home equity loan, establishing certain authorized lenders to make a home equity loan, changing certain options for the refinancing of home equity loans, changing the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, and allowing home equity loans on agricultural homesteads.”

What it means: This would ease restrictions on borrowing against home equity in Texas. Introduced by Rep. Angie Button (R-Richardson)

Proposition 3 (SJR 34): Term Limit of Appointees

“The constitutional amendment limiting the service of certain officeholders appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate after the expiration of the person’s term of office.”

What it means: Unsalaried appointees whose terms have ended but who have not been replaced would serve only until the next legislative session has ended. Introduced by team, heavy Partisan Bill (Republican 10-1)

Proposition 4 (SJR 6): Notify Attorney General of Court Challenges

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional.”

What it means: This would require courts to notify the state attorney general of any constitutional challenges to state laws. Introduced by team, non Partisan Bill (2-2 split)

Proposition 5 (HJR 100): Sports Raffles

“The constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles.”

What it means: It would expand the definition of a “professional sports team,” giving more team-connected foundations the ability to hold charitable raffles. Introduced by team, slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-1)

Proposition 6 (SJR 1): First Responder Widow Tax Relief

“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 first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.”

What it means: It would authorize property tax exemptions for the surviving spouses of first responders. Introduced by team, non Partisan Bill (108 sponsors of both parties and chambers)

Proposition 7 (HJR 37): Encourage Savings Through Bank Promotions

“The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.”

What it means: It would allow banks and other financial institutions to conduct promotional activities—such as raffles—to encourage savings. Introduced by Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas)

There is also a deeper analysis of the ballot initiatives from the Texas House Research Organization.

Local Elections

In addition to the constitutional election these communities will have local elections: Robstown, Calallen ISD, and London ISD.

The city of Robstown is having their normal city council elections.

Candidates for Mayor are:

  • Lily Garza
  • Tommy Cabello
  • Mandy Barrera

Candidates for Council Member Place No. 1 are:

  • Sybil Tipton

Candidates for Council Member Place No. 2 are:

  • Belinda “Shorty” Valadez
  • Joe R. (J.C.) Carrion

Candidates for Council Member Place No. 3 are:

  • Dezzy Le
  • Joey Rodriguez
  • David (Petey) Martinez

Candidates for Council Member Place No. 4 are:

  • Adolfo Lopez
  • Angela Garza
  • Larry Cantu, Jr.

Candidates for Council Member Place No. 5 are:

  • Cezar Martinez
  • Elias R. Vasquez

Candidates for Council Member Place No. 6 are:

  • Juan Padilla
  • Victor Orona, Jr.

Candidates for Utility Board of Trustees Place No. 2 are:

  • Ernesto Gallegos
  • Lupe Ramirez, Jr.

Calallen ISD will have a $39.5m bond for the land acquisition, construction, and equipment, of school facilities and taxes to pay for the bond.

London ISD will have a $18m bond for the purposes of designing, constructing, renovating, improving, acquiring, and equipping school facilities and taxes to pay for the bond.

Every Day Voting Locations

Nueces County residents may vote at any of the below listed voting centers in Nueces County regardless of their city or precinct of residence. Centers are listed by city merely for convenience.

Downtown Corpus Christi:

NUECES COUNTY COURTHOUSE
901 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
October 23-29 8a-5p Mon-Sat
October 30-Nov. 1 8a-5:00p Mon-Wed
November 2-3 7a-7p Thu-Fri

Calallen, Corpus Christi

CALALLEN ISD (Administration Building)
4602 Cornett Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78410
October 23-28 8a-5p Mon-Fri
October 30-Nov. 1 8a-5:00p Mon-Wed
November 2-3 7a-7p Thu-Fri

Central Corpus Christi:

DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CENTER
5151 McArdle Rd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78411
October 23-28 8a-5p Mon-Fri
October 30-Nov. 1 8a-5:00p Mon-Wed
November 2-3 7a-7p Thu-Fri

Flour Bluff, Corpus Christi:

ETHEL EYERLY SENIOR CENTER
654 Graham Rd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78418
October 23-28 8a-5p Mon-Fri
October 30-Nov. 1 8a-5:00p Mon-Wed
November 2-3 7a-7p Thu-Fri

Westside, Corpus Christi:

GREENWOOD SENIOR CENTER
4040 Greenwood Dr., Corpus Christi, 78416
October 23-28 8a-5p Mon-Fri
October 30-Nov. 1 8a-5:00p Mon-Wed
November 2-3 7a-7p Thu-Fri

Anaville, Corpus Christi:

HILLTOP COMMUNITY CENTER
11425 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410
October 23-28 8a-5p Mon-Fri
October 30-Nov. 1 8a-5:00p Mon-Wed
November 2-3 7a-7p Thu-Fri

London:

LONDON ISD High School
1306 FM 43, Corpus Christi, Texas 78415
October 23-28 8a-5p Mon-Fri
October 30-Nov. 1 8a-5:00p Mon-Wed
November 2-3 7a-7p Thu-Fri

Padre Island, Corpus Christi:

SCHLITTERBAHN
14353 Commodores Dr., Corpus Christi, Texas 78418
October 23-28 8a-5p Mon-Fri
October 30-Nov. 1 8a-5:00p Mon-Wed
November 2-3 7a-7p Thu-Fri

Southside, Corpus Christi:

THE VALENCIA
6110 Ayers Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78415
October 23-28 8a-5p Mon-Fri
October 30-Nov. 1 8a-5:00p Mon-Wed
November 2-3 7a-7p Thu-Fri

Bishop:

BISHOP COMMUNITY CENTER
102 West Joyce Street, Bishop, Texas 78343
October 26-27 8a-5p Mon-Fri
November 2-3 7a-7p Thu-Fri

Robstown:

JOHNNY CALDERON BUILDING
710 E. Main Street, Robstown, Texas 78380
October 23-28 8a-5p Mon-Sat
October 30-Nov. 1 8a-5:00p Mon-Wed
November 2-3 7a-7p Thu-Fri

Election Day Voting Locations

Nueces County residents may vote at any of the below listed voting centers in Nueces County on Tuesday, November 7 from 7a-7pm regardless of their city or precinct of residence. Centers are listed by city merely for convenience.

Agua Dulce:

Alice:

Banquete:

Bishop:

Corpus Christi:

Driscoll:

London

Petronila:

Port Aransas:

Robstown: