The Marshall Public Library and the Harrison County Elections Office conducted a joint voter registration campaign on Monday, encouraging residents to register to vote before the October 4 deadline for the upcoming November election.
âIt’s for people who haven’t registered before, or who have moved or changed locations or haven’t voted in the past two years,â said volunteer Lou Gaw.
Gaw and fellow volunteer Brenda Donaldson led the voter registration campaign from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, providing voter registration information, as well as sample ballots to view.
For the November 2 election, there will be the Constitutional Amendment election, as well as the county election for the Harrison County Assistance District (CAD). The proposed creation of the DAC may impose a sales and use tax in areas outside of incorporated towns, providing an additional resource to help fund some needed county services.
The new Diana ISD also has a proposal election on the ballot.
âWe have 40 different ballots in this election,â Election Administrator Donald Robinette previously noted. âSome of them have the Harrison County Assistance District for people who live in the unincorporated area; and two constituencies have a proposal from the New Diana Independent School District.
âThe biggest ballot has 12 races because it has eight state proposals, one from the county and one from the school,â Robinette said.
Gaw urges everyone to take the time to learn in particular about the eight proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot, which will be voted on statewide.
“They have to read the amendments to see what they are talking about,” Gaw said. âThey have to read the amendments in advance. Do not wait to go and vote.
âThey can pick up sample ballots,â she said. “You have to think about it and see what they mean.”
The deadline to register to vote in the next election is October 4. New voters must be registered at least 30 days before an election to vote in that particular election.
“If you have already voted and have a voter card, you are registered,” officials said. “You will stay registered as long as you continue to vote (regularly) and have not moved or committed a crime. If you do move, let us know.
According to the Texas Secretary of State’s office, Texans will have the option of approving the following amendments by majority vote:
Proposition 1 (HJR 143): “The constitutional amendment allowing charitable foundations of professional sports teams of organizations sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association to hold charity raffles at rodeo venues.”
Proposition 2 (HJR 99): âThe constitutional amendment allowing a county to finance the development or redevelopment of transport or infrastructure in unproductive, underdeveloped or devastated areas of the county. “
Proposition 3 (SJR 27): âThe constitutional amendment to prohibit this state or a political subdivision of this state from banning or limiting religious services by religious organizations. “
Proposition 4 (SJR 47): “The constitutional amendment modifying the conditions of eligibility of a judge of the Supreme Court, a judge of the criminal appeal court, a judge of an appeal court and a district judge . “
Proposition 5 (HJR 165): “The constitutional amendment conferring additional powers on the State Commission on the Conduct of Judges in relation to candidates for judicial office”.
Proposition 6 (SJR 19): âThe constitutional amendment establishing a right for residents of certain facilities to designate an essential caregiver for in-person visits. “
Proposition 7 (HJR 125): “The constitutional amendment allowing the surviving spouse of a person with a disability to receive a limitation on ad valorem taxes from the school district on the homestead of the spouse’s residence if the spouse is 55 years of age or older at the time of the person’s death . “
Proposition 8 (SJR 35): “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide an ad valorem exemption from taxation of all or part of the market value of the homestead residential property of the surviving spouse of a member of the United States armed forces who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.