Early voting totals surpass other off years

Two days remain in the early voting period for 10 Texas constitutional amendment propositions and local measures, but Uvalde County voters have already surpassed the overall early voting totals for the two prior off-year elections.

Uvalde County elections official Melissa Jones Bradham reports 362 people have voted in-person at the Willie De Leon Civic Center, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, while another eight have returned mail-in ballots. In 2015, fewer than 200 people cast a ballot during the early voting period conducted over two weeks. In 2011, 244 people voted during the early voting period.

On Wednesday, 46 people voted in person; Tuesday, 83; Monday, 42; Oct. 25, 40; Oct. 24, 46; Oct. 23, 44, Oct. 22, 36; and Oct. 21, 25.

On the ballot

In addition to 10 proposed amendments to the constitution, Uvalde County has one item on the ballot, an option to legalize bingo games held for charitable purposes.

The city of Uvalde has two propositions on the ballot. Proposition A proposes to change the term served by the Uvalde mayor from two years to four years, and to hold the election on the mayor concurrently with election of District 2 and 4 council members.
Proposition B proposes to amend eligibility for the mayoral office and allow the incumbent mayor to be a candidate for reelection in 2020, and if elected to serve a single additional term of four years.

Amendments

Ten Constitutional Amendments are on the ballot in this election.
Proposition 1 will read on the ballot: “The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.”

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 $200 million to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.

Proposition 3, “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 4, “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 5, “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 6, “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 7, “The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.”

Proposition 8, “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 9, “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.”

How to vote

Voters need some form of photo identification unless they cannot reasonably obtain a photo ID. Acceptable photo IDs include a Texas driver’s license, Texas election identification certificate or personal identification card issued by Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas handgun license, U.S. military ID card, U.S. citizenship certificate or U.S. passport.

Election Day

Election day is Nov. 5, and voting will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

All Uvalde precincts, including Precinct 1, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13 will vote at the Willie De Leon Civic Center, 300 E. Main St., Uvalde, TX 78801.

Precinct 2 will vote at the Sabinal Public Library, 305 N. Center, Sabinal; Pct. 3, Utopia Senior Center, 22542 RR 187 Utopia; Pct. 4, Concan Community Building, Highway 127, Concan; Pct. 6, Montell Community Building, N. Highway 55, Montell; Pct. 11, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 250 S. FM 1049, Knippa; and Pct. 14, Heard School, FM 1051, Reagan Wells.

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