The lines at the polls were steady all day Monday - the first day of early voting - and it’s not expected to slow down.
Erath County Clerk Gwinda Jones said 390 people cast early ballots in Stephenville on Monday and 59 in Dublin.
“That’s a very high turnout,” Jones said Tuesday. “The lines are moving pretty fast, but it’s been very steady.”
The high voter turnout is no surprise to those who are opposed to the Ranger College Annexation.
Jones believes that measure is what’s driving an unusual number of voters to the polls, and that’s a relief for Stephenville resident Kimberly McKinney who is leading the opposition to the annexation and started the Facebook group, Citizens Against Ranger College Annexation, which surpassed 10,000 members this weekend.
McKinney said Monday she feels confident the measure will fail, but says residents can’t take anything for granted and must vote.
McKinney said she isn’t typically political, but after studying the issue became convinced that the annexation wasn’t good for Erath County residents.
“I weighed the pros and cons and didn’t see enough benefit for the citizens,” she said.
Voters will also have a chance to vote on several amendments including:
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.”
Polls will be open for early voting from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Nov. 3.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7.
Polls on Election Day will be open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. at 10 voting centers: CenturyLink Telephone Office, TexasBank, United Cooperative Services, Lingleville School building, Morgan Mill Community Center, Selden Community Center, Bluff Dale Fire Department, Huckabay School building, Erath County Courthouse and Dublin Annex.
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.
Source for amendments: Texas Legislature Online (www.legis.state.tx.us) and www.votetexas.gov.