Today, Texas residents can vote for or against 10 amendments that, if passed, would be added to the state’s constitution. Voting lasts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and there are various voting locations in both Potter and Randall Counties.
Today is Election Day in the state of Texas for the 2019 Constitutional Amendment Election. Texas voters can cast ballots for or against 10 constitutional amendments covering topics including public education funding, personal income taxes and adding a sporting goods tax to support the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission.
Voting begins at 7 a.m. and lasts until 7 p.m. at multiple locations in Potter County and Randall County. From Oct. 21 to Nov. 1, residents got the opportunity to vote early in this election. According to previous reporting from the Amarillo Globe-News, 1,460 residents of Potter County and 3,190 residents of Randall County voted early, according to their respective county election websites.
Dave Rausch, the Teel Bivins professor of political science at West Texas A&M University, said it is important for people to be involved in this voting process.
“Voting is more than important. It’s almost essential,” he said. “If you are going to be an American citizen, you pretty much have to vote … If you are not going to vote, it’s the keystone of being a citizen.”
According to the League of Women Voters of Texas voting guide, residents vote on a slate of amendments in the fall of odd-numbered years, after the spring legislative session.
The 10 amendments residents can vote on in this election are:
• Proposition One: “The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.”
• Proposition Two: “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 Three: “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 Four: “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 Five: “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 Six: “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 Seven: “The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.”
• Proposition Eight: “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 Nine: “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: “The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.”
The following locations in Potter and Randall Counties will host polling places today.
In Potter County, residents can vote at:
• Amarillo Auto Supply and Off Road, located at 3601 E. Amarillo Blvd, Bell Ave.
• Church of Christ, located at 1600 S. Bell St., Chaparral Hills Church, located at 4000 W. Cherry
• The Church at Bushland, located at 1800 FM 2381 in Bushland
• Kids Inc., located at 2201 SE 27th
• Hillside Christian Church NW, located at 600 Tascosa Road
• Highland Park ISD Administration Building, located at 15300 E. Amarillo Blvd.
• Grace Community Church, located at 4111 Plains Blvd.
• Trinity Baptist Church, located at 1601 I-40 West
• Lighthouse Baptist Church, located at 5631 Pavillard
• Pride Home Center, located at 3503 NE 24th
• Second Baptist Church, located at 419 N. Buchanan.
In Randall County, residents can vote at:
• The Cowboy Church, located at 8827 S. Washington
• Comanche Trail Church of Christ, located at 2700 E. 34th
• Randall County Justice Center, located at 2309 Russell Long Blvd in Canyon
• Southwest Church of Christ, located at 4515 Cornell
• Redeemer Christian Church, located at 3701 S. Soncy
• Region 16 Education Center, located at 5800 Bell St.
• Randall County Fire Department No. 2, located at 9451 FM 2186
• Arden Road Baptist, located at 6701 Arden Rd.
• Central Baptist Church, located at 1601 SW 58th
• Oasis Southwest Baptist Church, located at 8201 Canyon Drive
• Randall County Annex, located at 4320 S. Western
• Coulter Road Baptist Church, located at 4108 S. Coulter
• The Summit, located at 2008 12th Ave. in Canyon
For more information about voting in each county, visit https://pottercountyvotes.com and https://www.randallcounty.com/166/Election-Administration.