Early voting ends Friday!

Jessica Goode | Contributing Writer

Early voting ends tomorrow for the November 5 special election in which voters will decide whether to adopt constitutional amendments approved in January by the 86th Texas Legislature.

Voters may cast their ballots from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Kendall County Courthouse, 221 Fawn Valley Drive, Boerne; or from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Comfort High School, 143 US Hwy. 87, Comfort.

As of Tuesday at 10 a.m., 1,060 early votes were cast at the Kendall County Courthouse, and 133 early votes had been tallied at Comfort High School, that represents a 3.81 percent turnout for 31,272 registered voters. Comfort ISD voters are also considering a bond election.

Elections Administrator Staci Decker said special elections often have poor voter participation. The last election of this nature, she said, had a 1.41 percent turnout.

The proposed amendments are as follows:

Proposition 1: “The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Proposition 7: “The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.”

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.”

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.”

Proposition 10: “The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.”

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