The Ranger College annexation election won’t be the only thing on the Nov. 7 ballot. Voters will also see seven constitutional amendments.
Early voting will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 23-27 and Oct. 30-Nov. 3 at the Erath County Courthouse and Dublin County Annex.
Here’s a look at each proposition that will be on the ballot.
State of Texas Proposition No. 1 (HJR 21):
“House Joint Resolution 21 proposes an amendment to the state constitution to authorize the legislature to provide for a property tax exemption 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.”
State of Texas Proposition No. 2 (SJR 60):
“An amendment to the state constitution to establish a lower amount for expenses that can be charged to a borrower and remove certain financing expense limitations for a home equity loan, to establish certain authorized lenders to make a home equity loan, to change certain options for the refinancing of home equity loans, to change the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, and to allow home equity loans on agricultural homesteads.”
State of Texas Proposition No. 3 (SJR 34):
“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.”
State of Texas Proposition No. 4 (SJR 6):
“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.”
State of Texas Proposition No. 5 (HJR 100):
“The constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles.”
State of Texas Proposition No. 6 (SJR 1):
“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.”
State of Texas Proposition No. 7 (HJR 37):
“The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.”
Those who would like to request a mail ballot can contact Garla Allen at 254-965-1444 or mail a request to County Clerk, 100 W. Washington St., Stephenville, Texas, 76401. Request must be received by Oct. 27.
Voters must present a valid photo ID, which can include a driver’s license, a Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS, a United States military ID containing a photograph, US citizenship certificate with a photograph or a US passport.
Election day will be Nov. 7 and polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at 10 voting centers, which include CenturyLink Telephone Office, TexasBank, United Cooperative Services, Lingleville School building, Morgan Mill Community Center, Selden Community Center, Bluff Dale Fire Department, Huckabay School building, the Erath County Courthouse and Dublin Annex.
Source: Texas Legislature Online (www.legis.state.tx.us) and www.votetexas.gov.