The Texas Constitutional Amendment Election is approaching. There are several amendments scheduled for the Nov. 8 election seeking voter approval. Those amendments are:
• Proposition 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 100 percent or totally disabled veteran.”
• Proposition 2 “The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $6 billion at any time outstanding.”
• Proposition 3 “The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of general obligation bonds of the State of Texas to finance educational loans to students.”
• Proposition 4 “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit a county to issue bonds or notes to finance the development or redevelopment of an unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted area and to pledge for repayment of the bonds or notes increases in ad valorem taxes imposed by the county on property in the area. The amendment does not provide authority for increasing ad valorem tax rates.”
• Proposition 5 “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to allow cities or counties to enter into interlocal contracts with other cities or counties without the imposition of a tax or the provision of a sinking fund.”
• Proposition 6 “The constitutional amendment clarifying references to the permanent school fund, allowing the General Land Office to distribute revenue from permanent school fund land or other properties to the available school fund to provide additional funding for public education, and providing for an increase in the market value of the permanent school fund for the purpose of allowing increased distributions from the available school fund.”
• Proposition 7 “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit conservation and reclamation districts in El Paso County to issue bonds supported by ad valorem taxes to fund the development and maintenance of parks and recreational facilities.”
• Proposition 8 “The constitutional amendment providing for the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of open-space land devoted to water stewardship purposes on the basis of its productive capacity.”
• Proposition 9 “The constitutional amendment authorizing the governor to grant a pardon to a person who successfully completes a term of deferred adjudication community supervision.”
• Proposition 10 “The constitutional amendment to change the length of the unexpired term that causes the automatic resignation of certain elected county or district officeholders if they become candidates for another office.”
Early voting began on Monday, Oct. 24, in the Nolan County Clerk's Office, located at 100 E. Third Street, Suite 108 and will continue from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. The last day for the County Clerk to have received an application to vote by mail was Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This year, voters will be required to present photo identification to vote. A new law requires all voters to present one of the following forms of photo identification in order to be eligible to vote:
• Driver's license, election identification certificate, personal identification card or concealed handgun license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety;
• United State Military identification card containing the person's photograph;
• United States citizenship certificate containing the person's photograph; or
• United States passport.
With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.
Following is a list of Nolan County polling places:
• Precinct 1 and 10: First United Methodist Church, 309 Cedar in Sweetwater
• Precinct 2: Trinity Baptist Church, 1506 Santa Fe in Sweetwater.
• Precincts 3 and 11: Lamar Street Baptist Church, 513 Lamar in Sweetwater.
• Precincts 4 and 12: Evangelical Methodist Church, 700 Lamar in Sweetwater.
• Precinct 5: Nolan/Divide Community Center, 1742 FM 126 in Nolan.
• Precincts 6 and 13: Roscoe Community Center, 100 Bois D'Arc in Roscoe.
• Precinct 7: Blackwell School, 610 North Alamo in Blackwell.
• Precinct 8: Maryneal Community Center, 210 Walnut in Maryneal.
• Precincts 9 and 14: Avondale Baptist Church, 1405 Hoyt in Sweetwater.