According to Erath County Clerk Gwinda Jones, only 657 of the county’s more than 20,500 registered voters had cast ballots at the close of early voting Friday. Almost 300 flocked to the polls last Thursday and Friday alone.
Registered voters still looking to weigh in on the propositions have only hours left to do so.
As time is running out, remember the polling places are not restricted by precinct, so Erath County voters can go to any of four vote centers to cast their Election Day ballots today. Polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Ballots can be cast at the Erath County Courthouse, the Embarq office, TexasBank in Stephenville and the Dublin County Annex.
In the constitutional amendment election, voters will say “yes” or “no” to 11 proposed amendments (see below) to the Texas Constitution.
Proposition 1: The amendment would authorize the financing, including through tax increment financing, of the acquisition by municipalities and counties of buffer areas or open spaces adjacent to a military installation.
Proposition 2: The amendment would authorize the legislature to provide for the ad valorem taxation of a residence homestead solely on the basis of the property’s value as a residence homestead.
Proposition 3: The amendment would provide for uniform standards and procedures for the appraisal of property for ad valorem tax purposes.
Proposition 4: The amendment would establish the national research university fund to enable emerging research universities in Texas to achieve national prominence as major research universities and transferring the balance of the higher education fund to the national research university fund.
Proposition 5: The amendment would authorize the legislature to authorize a single board of equalization for two or more adjoining appraisal entities that elect to provide for consolidated equalizations.
Proposition 6: The amendment would authorize the Veterans’ Land Board to issue general obligation bonds in amounts equal to or less than amounts previously authorized.
Proposition 7: The amendment would allow an officer or enlisted member of the Texas State Guard, or other state militia or military force, to hold other civil offices.
Proposition 8: The amendment would authorize the state to contribute money, property, and other resources for the establishment, maintenance, and operation of veterans’ hospitals in Texas.
Proposition 9: The amendment would protect the right of the public to access and use the public beaches bordering the seaward shore of the Gulf of Mexico.
Proposition 10: The amendment would provide that elected members of the governing boards of emergency services districts may serve terms not to exceed four years.
Proposition 11: The amendment would prohibit the taking, damaging, or destroying of private property for public use unless the action is for the ownership, use, and enjoyment of the property by the state, a political subdivision of the state, the public at large, or entities granted the power of eminent domain under law or for the elimination of urban blight on a particular parcel of property, but not for certain economic development or enhancement of tax revenue purposes, and to limit the legislature’s authority to grant the power of eminent domain to an entity.