In the 2005 regular session, the 79th Texas Legislature passed 9 joint resolutions proposing constitutional amendments. The proposed amendments will be offered for ratification on the November 8, 2005, election ballot. Below is some helpful information regarding the election, including election dates, ballot language and links to learn more about each proposition.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2005
First day to vote early in person.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2005
Last day for early voting clerk to receive application for a ballot to be voted by mail.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2005
Last day to vote early by personal appearance.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2005 - ELECTION DAY
Polls open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
State Constitutional Amendments Appearing on the November 8, 2005 Special Election Ballot:
“The constitutional amendment creating the Texas rail relocation and improvement fund and authorizing grants of money and issuance of obligations for financing the relocation, rehabilitation, and expansion of rail facilities.”
“The constitutional amendment providing that marriage in this state consists only of the union of one man and one woman and prohibiting this state or a political subdivision of this state from creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage.”
“The constitutional amendment clarifying that certain economic development programs do not constitute a debt.”
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the denial of bail to a criminal defendant who violates a condition of the defendant’s release pending trial.”
“The constitutional amendment allowing the legislature to define rates of interest for commercial loans.”
“The constitutional amendment to include one additional public member and a constitutional county court judge in the membership of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.”
“The constitutional amendment authorizing line-of-credit advances under a reverse mortgage.”
“The constitutional amendment providing for the clearing of land titles by relinquishing and releasing any state claim to sovereign ownership or title to interest in certain land in Upshur County and in Smith County.”
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a six-year term for a board member of a regional mobility authority.”