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Deadline to register to vote before November election is Oct. 7

Deadline to register to vote before November election is Oct. 7
September 30
11:35 2019

The last day to register to vote in the upcoming election is Monday, Oct. 7.

The election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5, and in Stephens County it will include 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. Early voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 to Oct. 25  and  Oct, 28 to Nov. 1.

Three Texas districts are having special elections for their state representatives, but District 60 is not one of them. Therefore, the proposed amendments will be the only items on the local ballots.

To register to vote, you may pick up an application at the Stephens County Courthouse or you can complete and print a voter registration application online at the Secretary of State’s website. Once completed,  the application may be submitted to the Stephens County Voter Registrar’s office (Tax Assessor-Collector’s office) by the deadline of close of business (4:30 p.m.) on Monday, Oct. 7.

Christie Latham, the Stephens County Tax Assessor-Collector/Elections Administrator, reminds citizens who want to vote via Ballot By Mail that they must re-apply each year for Ballot by Mail. The deadline for the Early Voting Clerk (Tax Office) to receive an application for Ballot by Mail is close of business (4:30 p.m.) on Friday, Oct. 25. Anyone over age 65 who wants to vote by mail rather than in person, or if anyone who will be absent from the county during the early voting period and election day and who wants to vote by mail needs to contact the Tax Assessor-Collector/Elections Administrator office for an application. The office is located in the Stephens County Courthouse, and the phone number is 254-559-2732.

Latham provided the following list of the proposed amendments:

STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION 1 “The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.”

STATE OF TEXAS 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.”

STATE OF TEXAS 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.”

STATE OF TEXAS 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.”

STATE OF TEXAS 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.”

STATE OF TEXAS 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.”

STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION 7 “The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.”

STATE OF TEXAS 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.”

STATE OF TEXAS 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.”

STA TE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION 10 “The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.”

For more details on the propositions, click this link to read the Texas Secretary of State’s explanatory statements about each proposition: 2019-explanatory-statements

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