Early voting underway for constitutional amendments

Titus County voters will join the rest of Texas in heading to the polls on Nov. 7 to decide on seven proposed amendments to the state constitution. There are no local races or issues on the ballot.

The amendments cover an array of topics. Proposition 1 would allow the Legislature to provide an ad valorem tax exemption “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” was donated.

The proposition would also “harmonize” related aspects of the state constitution.

Proposition 2 would, among other things related to home equity borrowing, “establish a lower amount for expenses that can be charged to a borrower” and remove “certain financing expense limitations ...”

The third proposition on the ballot would limit the service of certain office holders “appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate after the expiration of the person’s term of office.”

Proposition 4 requires a court to give notice to the state attorney general when the constitutionality of a state statute is being challenged.

It also authorizes the Legislature to “prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional.”

The fifth proposition would expand the definition of “professional sports team” in deciding which teams’ foundations are allowed to hold charitable raffles; Proposition 6 would authorize a property tax exemption for surviving spouses of first responders killed or fatally injured in the line of duty; and Proposition 7 would allow credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes — for instance, through a raffle — to “promote savings.”

Election Day voting will be held at designated polling places from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. According to information provided by the Titus County Elections Administrator’s Office, these are the locations:

• Precincts 2 and 3- Piney Baptist Church

• Precinct 4- Blodgett Fire Station

• Precinct 5- Sugar Hill Community Center

• Precinct 6- Cookville Fire Station

• Precinct 9- Calvary Baptist, Talco

• Precinct 10- Argo Community Center

• Precincts 11 and 12- Winfield school

• Precincts 1, 7, 14, 17, 19 and 20- Titus County Courthouse Annex

• Precincts 8, 15, 16 and 18- civic center

Early voting got underway on Oct. 23 and will continue through Nov. 3, and is taking place 8 a.m.-5 p.m.at the Election Office at 110 S Madison, Suite C in Mount Pleasant. Full texts of the propositions on the ballot can be read online at: www.votetexas.gov/voting/constitutional-amedments/2017-constitutional-amendment-ballot-language.html .

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