Houston, TX -- Early voting begins October 19th for the 2015 Joint and Constitutional Amendment Election in Harris County and will continue through Friday, October 30. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3. This election includes the City of Houston, several local cities, school boards, community colleges, municipal and utility districts, as well as the seven proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. During early voting, all eligible voters can cast their ballot at any of the 41 early voting locations throughout Harris County. If voters wait until Election Day, they must vote in the precinct listed on their voter registration card.
Since the adoption of our current Texas Constitution in 1876, the Legislature has sent 666 amendments to the voters, of which 484 have been approved. For a proposed amendment to reach voters, it must pass with two-thirds support in both the State House of Representatives and the State Senate.
Below is a list of the seven proposed constitutional amendments and a short description. For more detailed information and resources regarding the amendments, please visit the Texas Legislative Council's website http://www.tlc.state.tx.us/const_amends.htm.
Proposition No. 1 (S.J.R. 1):
(Passed House 138-0, Passed Senate 25-6)
The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $15,000 to $25,000.
Proposition No. 2 (H.J.R. 75):
(Passed House 138-0, Passed Senate 27-2)
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a residence homestead property tax exemption for the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran who died before the law authorizing the current disabled veteran's residence homestead exemption took effect.
Proposition No. 3 (S.J.R. 52):
(Passed House 102-43, Passed Senate 29-1)
The constitutional amendment repealing the requirement that state officers elected by voters statewide reside in the state capital.
Proposition No. 4 (H.J.R. 73):
(Passed House 137-9, Passed Senate 27-4)
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.
Proposition No. 5 (S.J.R. 17):
(Passed House 139-0, Passed Senate 31-0)
The constitutional amendment to authorize counties with a population of 7,500 or less to perform private road construction and maintenance.
Proposition No. 6 (S.J.R. 22):
(Passed House 111-1, Passed Senate 27-3)
The constitutional amendment recognizing the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife subject to laws that promote wildlife conservation.
Amendment No. 7 (S.J.R. 5):
(Passed House 142-1, Passed Senate 31-0)
The constitutional amendment dedicating certain sales and use tax revenue and motor vehicle sales, use, and rental tax revenue to the state highway fund to provide funding for non-tolled roads and the reduction of certain transportation-related debt.
For additional information on Harris County Early Voting locations and times, sample ballots and your Election Day information please visit www.harrisvotes.com or call the Harris County Clerk's Election Information line at (713) 755-6965.
On November 4, 2014, Representative Dwayne Bohac was re-elected to represent House District 138. He is a lifelong District 138 resident.