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Cass County to implement countywide voting in November

by Gazette Staff | September 4, 2023 at 11:00 p.m.
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LINDEN, Texas -- Cass County is adding a few new things for voters in the November constitutional amendment election.

The office of Texas Secretary of State Jane Nelson recently gave approval for the county to institute a countywide polling system.

"Cass County's application to the Secretary of State followed a six-month-long process of planning, compiling information, conducting public hearings and gathering input from the public," County Judge Travis Ransom said in a news release.

Countywide polling allows registered voters to cast a ballot at any polling place on Election Day. Cass County has 18 election precincts and plans to have 12 polling places.

The state's approval also clears the way for Cass County to use countywide polling for subsequent elections.

Additionally, the Commissioners Court also approved another early voting site in Hughes Springs. It will be at Hughes Springs Community Center, 902 E. First St.

The Secretary of State's website lists the ballot order for the 14 constitutional amendments before voters:

Proposition 1 -- HJR 126, "The constitutional amendment protecting the right to engage in farming, ranching, timber production, horticulture, and wildlife management."

Proposition 2 -- SJR 64, "The constitutional amendment authorizing a local option exemption from ad valorem taxation by a county or municipality of all or part of the appraised value of real property used to operate a child-care facility."

Proposition 3 -- HJR 132, "The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual wealth or net worth tax, including a tax on the difference between the assets and liabilities of an individual or family."

Proposition 4 -- HJR 2, from the second special session "The constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to establish a temporary limit on the maximum appraised value of real property other than a residence homestead for ad valorem tax purposes; to increase the amount of the exemption from ad valorem taxation by a school district applicable to residence homesteads from $40,000 to $100,000; to adjust the amount of the limitation on school district ad valorem taxes imposed on the residence homesteads of the elderly or disabled to reflect increases in certain exemption amounts; to except certain appropriations to pay for ad valorem tax relief from the constitutional limitation on the rate of growth of appropriations; and to authorize the legislature to provide for a four-year term of office for a member of the board of directors of certain appraisal districts."

Proposition 5 -- HJR 3, "The constitutional amendment relating to the Texas University Fund, which provides funding to certain institutions of higher education to achieve national prominence as major research universities and drive the state economy."

Proposition 6 -- SJR 75, "The constitutional amendment creating the Texas water fund to assist in financing water projects in this state."

Proposition 7 -- SJR 93, "The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the Texas energy fund to support the construction, maintenance, modernization, and operation of electric generating facilities."

Proposition 8 -- HJR 125, "The constitutional amendment creating the broadband infrastructure fund to expand high-speed broadband access and assist in the financing of connectivity projects."

Proposition 9 -- HJR 2, regular session "The constitutional amendment authorizing the 88th Legislature to provide a cost-of-living adjustment to certain annuitants of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas."

Proposition 10 -- SJR 87, "The constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation equipment or inventory held by a manufacturer of medical or biomedical products to protect the Texas healthcare network and strengthen our medical supply chain."

Proposition 11 -- SJR 32, "The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit conservation and reclamation districts in El Paso County to issue bonds supported by ad valorem taxes to fund the development and maintenance of parks and recreational facilities."

Proposition 12 -- HJR 134, "The constitutional amendment providing for the abolition of the office of county treasurer in Galveston County."

Proposition 13 -- HJR 107, "The constitutional amendment to increase the mandatory age of retirement for state justices and judges."

Proposition 14 -- SJR 74, "The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the centennial parks conservation fund to be used for the creation and improvement of state parks."

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