If you did not register to vote by Oct. 7, you are ineligible to vote in the November 5 General Election, which consists of nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. Voters throughout Texas will be voting to adopt or reject the proposed Constitutional Amendments listed below which were submitted by the 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, of the State of Texas. Following recent state legislation, voters must ensure they have valid identification, such as a Texas driver license, passport, or state-issued election identification card -- available through the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol -- in order to vote. Early voting for the November election will be held in the Elections Office located in the Courthouse Annex (aka Offices on the Square) in Suite 140. Early voting is Monday, Oct. 21 through Friday, Nov. 1. Hours for Early Voting in person are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday –Friday. Ballots by mail may be requested through Friday, Oct. 25.
Call Karen Opiela, Karnes County Elections Administrator, at 830-780-2246 with any questions.
Ballot Language for the Nov. 5 Constitutional Amendment Election:
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 member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action.”
Proposition 2 - “The constitutional amendment eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational.”
Proposition 3 - “The constitutional amendment to authorize a political subdivision of this state to extend the number of days that aircraft parts that are exempt from ad valorem taxation due to their location in this state for a temporary period may be located in this state for purposes of qualifying for the tax exemption.”
Proposition 4 - “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization.”
Proposition 5 - “The constitutional amendment to authorize the making of a reverse mortgage loan for the purchase of homestead property and to amend lender disclosures and other requirements in connection with a reverse mortgage loan.”
Proposition 6 - "The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources."
Proposition 7 - “The constitutional amendment authorizing a home-rule municipality to provide in its charter the procedure to fill a vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is 12 months or less.”
Proposition 8 - "The constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County."
Proposition 9 - “The constitutional amendment relating to expanding the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.”