It's Election Day In Texas. Here's Everything You Need To Know.
Texans are voting on 10 amendments to the state constitution. Closer to home, Austinites are deciding the fate of two city propositions.
Here’s what you need to know before you head to the polls.
Make Sure You're Registered
Find Your Closest Voting Location
Consult the handy map below to find the most convenient polling place in Travis County. You can vote at any location in your home county.
If you have a photo ID that is up to date, or expired up to four years, bring that ID to the polls.
If you had trouble getting an ID and just don’t have one, you have some options:
- You can bring your voter registration card and use that as your form of identification.
- If you don’t have your registration card, you can bring any kind of official document – that’s anything that has your name and address on it — like a bank statement or utility bill. While you are at the voting location, all you’ll have to do is a sign a form that says you had a reasonable impediment to getting an ID.
Be Ready For A Change In Some Counties
Some counties in Central Texas have gotten new voting machines since the last election. The new ones in Travis and Williamson counties now have paper ballots. Check out this video of Travis County Clerk Dana Debeauvoir showing how the new machines work.
What's On The Ballot
Voters across the state will decide 10 proposed constitutional amendments — everything from prohibiting an income tax from ever being collected in Texas to allowing law enforcement animals to stay with their handlers when they retire.
Find a full rundown of those propositions here.
Voters in Travis County will decide on Proposition A, which would re-allocate a portion of the county’s existing hotel occupancy tax and direct it toward renovations to the county Expo Center in East Austin.
City of Austin voters have two city propositions on their ballots: Prop A (not to be confused with the county’s Prop A) and Prop B.
Austin's Prop A would essentially add restrictions on the process by which the city leases out its land for large-scale projects and venues – like, say, a soccer stadium – and smaller projects, like youth sports organizations and theater groups. It would require those leases to be approved by a supermajority of the City Council and require a public vote on the leases.
Prop B would require any expansion of the Austin Convention Center to be put to a public vote and would adjust how the city allocates revenue from taxing hotel stays, diverting more of it to cultural and tourism-minded efforts.
You can read more about the two Austin propositions here.
Del Valle ISD also has a $284 million bond measure on the ballot for new school facilities. Manor ISD has a $280 million bond for facilities, too.
There are also city council races in Sunset Valley, Pflugerville and Manor, among other small towns.
In Wimberley, Suzanne White and Will Conley are running for Place 4 on the Wimberley ISD School Board.
Some Hays County voters will weigh in on City of Austin propositions, as well.
Countywide, voters will decide on two bonds, one to repair roads and one to fund parks. The county doesn't anticipate the measures will raise the county's debt tax rate. Proposition A would raise $412,000,000 in bonds to fund 11 road projects throughout Williamson County. Proposition B would raise $35,000,000 to fund 12 projects in parks across the county. Here's a full list and a map of the projects.
Three races on the Jarrell City Council will be decided, though only one is contested. Troy Bradshaw is running unopposed in Place 3 and Rusty Bryson is running unopposed in Place 4, while Patrick Sherek and Robin Barfield will square off to represent Place 5.
Pflugerville voters will choose their next mayor in a race between incumbent Mayor Victor Gonzales and challenger Brad Marshall. Dana L. Barbie, Doug Weiss and Emmy McDaniel are running for the Place 1 seat on the Pflugerville City Council.
In addition, Burnet CISD is asking voters to approve a $33.1 million bond package to improve existing schools and add classrooms. Approving the bond will not increase the tax rate, in fact the tax rate will decrease by 7.5 cents. The bond will pay for new technology in classrooms, building renovations and new furniture.
Some Williamson County voters will weigh in on City of Austin propositions, as well.