Election Information

Election Information

10 proposed constitutional amendments with photos of interns

Be a Texas voter in the Constitutional Amendment Election November 5, 2019

Last Day to Register to Vote Monday, Oct. 7, 2019
 Vote Early Monday, Oct. 21 - Friday, Nov. 1, 2019
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail 
(Received, not Postmarked)
Friday, October 25, 2019
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail Tuesday, November 5, 2019 (election day) 

The Constitutional Amendment Election Voters Guide provided by the League of Women Voters explains each amendment and provides pros & cons and a short video for each proposed amendment. You decide which will become part of the Texas Constitution.  Find the Voters Guide on VOTE411.org , the PDF in English & Spanish , & printed Voters Guide at many local libraries.

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The League appreciates the sponsors (listed above) of the Nov. 5, 2019 Constitutional Amendment Voters Guide. Our nonpartisan Voters Guide was researched, written, and edited by League volunteers who contacted bill authors, sponsors, supporters and opponents for each proposed constitutional amendment. The online Voters Guide is available at VOTE411.org which allows voters to create their own personal ballot and provides a version in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese. 

Go to VOTE411.org for your nonpartisan Voters Guide covering many local elections across Texas.

Proposed Constitutional Amendments

  1. Municipal Judges
  2. Assistance for Water Projects in Distressed Areas
  3. Tax Relief for Disaster Areas
  4. Personal Income Tax
  5. Sporting Goods Tax to Support State Parks
  6. Cancer Prevention & Research
  7. Funding Public Education 
  8. Flood Control
  9. Tax Exemption of Precious Metals
  10. Law Enforcement Animals


The Texas Constitution

The current Texas Constitution was written in 1876 and has been amended nearly five-hundred times. Compare that to the United States Constitution, which has only twenty-seven amendments. 

Why does the Texas Constitution have so many amendments?  Rules for how state and local governments should run are very specific in the Texas Constitution, unlike in the US Constitution.  Therefore our state lawmakers often have little freedom to make changes to laws without amending the state constitution. The proposed changes must pass both houses of the Legislature by a ⅔ vote, and then the voters must approve all changes.

All potential amendments that appear on your ballot must originate in the Legislature. The Texas Constitution cannot be amended by citizen-led ballot initiatives, referendums, or petitions, as in some other states.

We vote on a slate of amendments in the fall of odd-numbered years, following the spring Legislative session.  Topics vary, and can cover a wide range of topics, and some may affect only a few counties.

Voting on amendments fulfills your right and duty as a Texas citizen.  This approval or disapproval of changes to our Constitution gives you a direct voice in our state government. 

 

LBJ and his plane photo

President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act in 1965