Early voting begins for changes to Texas constitution

Published 6:04 am Saturday, October 16, 2021

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Early voting starts on Monday for the eight proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution that will appear on the November 2nd ballot. In order to appear on the ballot, the proposed amendments must be approved by at least two-thirds of the members of both the Texas Senate and the Texas House of Representatives.

Texans will have the opportunity to approve the following amendments with a majority vote:

Proposition 1 (HJR 143)

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the professional sports team charitable foundations of organizations sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association to conduct charitable raffles at rodeo venues.”

Proposition 2 (HJR 99)

“The constitutional amendment authorizing a county to finance the development or redevelopment of transportation or infrastructure in unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted areas in the county.”

Proposition 3 (SJR 27)

“The constitutional amendment to prohibit this state or a political subdivision of this state from prohibiting or limiting religious services of religious organizations.”

Proposition 4 (SJR 47)

“The constitutional amendment changing the eligibility requirements for a justice of the supreme court, a judge of the court of criminal appeals, a justice of a court of appeals, and a district judge.”

Proposition 5 (HJR 165)

“The constitutional amendment providing additional powers to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct with respect to candidates for judicial office.”

Proposition 6 (SJR 19)

“The constitutional amendment establishing a right for residents of certain facilities to designate an essential caregiver for in-person visitation.”

Proposition 7 (HJR 125)

“The constitutional amendment to allow the surviving spouse of a person who is disabled to receive a limitation on the school district ad valorem taxes on the spouse’s residence homestead if the spouse is 55 years of age or older at the time of the person’s death.”

Proposition 8 (SJR 35)

“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 member of the armed services of the United States who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.”

Early Voting will be conducted on the following dates and times:

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday, October 18, 2021 through Friday, October 22, 2021 and Monday, October 25, 2021 through Friday, October 29, 2021

Extended hours for 7 a.m. till 7 p.m. are on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 and Tuesday October 26, 2021.

Locations for early voting are:

  • Orange Public Library (Main Location)

220 N Fifth Street

Orange, Texas 77630

  • Orange County Expo Center

11475 – B Hwy 1442

Orange, Texas 77630

  • Orange County Airport

2640 South Hwy 87

Orange, Texas 77630

  • Raymond Gould Community Center

385 Claiborne Street

Vidor, Texas 77662

Applications for ballots by mail shall be mailed to:

Elections Administrator

123 South 6th Street

Orange, TX 77630

(409) 882-7473