Eight constitutional amendments on ballot as early voting begins

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Votes for members of Congress will not be counted for another year as the mid-term election cycle does not roll around until 2022. Yet, Texans have a chance to voice their opinions on how the state should be run this year with an election on eight constitutional amendments.

Early voting begins today, October 18, 2021, and runs through October 29. Even though early voting starts today, it is still not too late to request a ballot by mail. This process will end on October 22, this coming Friday. If you are requesting a ballot by mail, the request must be received, not postmarked, by Friday. If you need to know where to send your request, you can check with your local County Elections Office.

Regular voting will happen on Tuesday, November 2, and mail-in ballots must be received by that date. Mail-in ballots with a postmark of earlier than 7:00 pm on November 2 will be accepted on November 3.

Statewide, eight constitutional amendments are up for votes:

1. Whether or not to allow certain organizations to conduct charitable raffles at rodeos

2. Whether or not to authorize a county to finance transportation or infrastructure in “unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted areas in the county”

3. Whether or not to allow the state or a locality, including counties, to prohibit or limit religious services

4. Whether or not to change eligibility requirements for judges and justices of the Supreme Court of Texas, Court of Criminal Appeals, Court of Appeals, and District Court

5. Whether or not to allow the State Commission on Judicial Conduct to gain additional power to monitor and sanction candidates for judicial office

6. Whether or not to allow residents of certain facilities to “designate an essential caregiver for in-person visitation”

7. Whether or not to allow surviving spouses of the disabled who are aged 55 or older at the time of the disabled person’s death to continue receiving lowered ad valorem rates of school district taxes

8. Whether or not to allow the legislature to declare exempt either all or part of ad valorem taxes on a resident homestead of a person who survives the loss of a military spouse who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty

*Clicking or tapping on the descriptions above will take you to the Ballotpedia website page for that particular proposition, giving you more specific information on the amendment

These are the statewide items up for election. Additionally, many localities have propositions on the ballot, as well.

It should be remembered, too, that this is an “off-cycle” election, so polling places may be limited. Be sure to check with your local County Elections office for your specific polling location and times, ID requirements, COVID protections enforced, and for a sample ballot to show what may be voted on in your area.

No matter your political leaning or views on these items, be sure to make your voice heard and to go vote! It is your American right and duty!

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Hailing from the Great State of Texas, South Side Matt monitors government for compliance with the Constitutional values that founded the United States, and works to maintain liberty for all in that spirit. His articles focus on furthering this cause, but also occasionally go "off track" into lighter topics such as cooking, general life and others.

Fort Worth, TX

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