OK, it's not 2020, but there is still an election coming up.
On Nov. 4, Calhoun County residents will cast their ballots on 10 Constitutional Amendments.
Early voting begins Oct. 21 and runs Monday through Friday at the Calhoun County Courthouse. Voting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The deadline to apply for a ballot by mail is Oct. 25.
The Calhoun County Elections Administration provided the following explanations, which are available online at calhouncoelections.org.
No. 1: This proposition would allow a person to hold more than one municipal court judgeship at a time if approved. Currently, elected municipal judges cannot hold more than one seat at a time, unlike appointed municipal judges. This amendment would allow elected judges to serve more than one municipality as appointed judges are allowed to do.
No. 2: This proposition would allow the Texas Water Development Board to issue up to $200 million in general obligation bonds for the Economically Distressed Areas Program. The bonds can only be used to develop water supply and sewer service projects in areas defined by law as economically distressed.
No. 3: This proposition would allow the legislature to temporarily exempt from ad valorem taxation portions of certain property located in a disaster area as declared by the governor. The legislature would be granted the authority to prescribe the method of determining the amount and duration of the tax exemption and the creation of additional eligibility requirements for tax exemption.
No. 4: This proposition would prohibit the state from imposing or collecting an individual income tax, including an individual's share of a partnership and unincorporated association income.
No. 5: This proposition automatically takes the net revenue derived from the portion of the state's sales tax revenue from sporting goods for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission. The legislature would determine the specific uses of the fund and their allocation between the two departments.
No. 6: This proposition would increase the maximum bond amount for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas from $3 billion to $6 billion to be issued by the Texas Public Finance Authority. The Institute was created to promote and fund cancer research in Texas in 2007 and uses the bonds to award grants.
No. 7: This amendment will allow increased distribution from $300 million per year to $600 million per year to the available school fund and allow the State Board of Education, the General Land Office and other entities that manage revenue from land or other properties held in the permanent school fund to distribute certain revenue to the available school fund.
No. 8: The proposition would create a flood infrastructure fund to provide additional resources to implement plans to mitigate flood damage. The fund would be a special fund in the state treasury and would use money taken from the economic stabilization fund. The funds would be used by the Texas Water Development Board to use in the flood infrastructure fund for drainage, flood mitigation, or flood control projects. The proposal also authorizes the creation of separate accounts in the flood infrastructure fund as necessary to administer the fund or authorized projects.
No. 9: The proposition would authorize the legislature to create a property tax exemption for precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in the state.
No. 10: This proposition would allow a law enforcement animal to be transferred to its handler or another qualified caretaker in certain circumstances for state agencies or political subdivisions. Currently, the Texas Constitution prevents the transfer of some public property, such as law enforcement animals, to a private person or organization at no cost. This proposition allows the transfer at no cost upon the animal's retirement or at another time if it is determined to be in the animal's best interest.
These are the sites to cast a ballot on Nov. 5:
Precinct 1 - Calhoun County Library
Precinct 2, 3, 4 - The Heritage Center
Precinct 5, 6 - Magnolia Beach Volunteer Fire Department
Precinct 7, 13 – Jackson-Roosevelt Elementary
Precinct 8, 9, 10 - Calhoun County Annex
Precinct 11 - Salem Lutheran Church
Precinct 12 - Six Mile Volunteer Fire Department
Precinct 14, 15 - Port Lavaca City Hall
Precinct 16, 17 - Bauer Community Center
Precinct 18 - Rick Brush Building
Precinct 19 - Olivia Fire Station
Precinct, 21, 22, 23 - Calhoun County EMS
Precinct 24 - Seadrift City Hall
Precinct 25 - Port O'Connor Library
For more information on the election, a sample ballot and the proposition explanation, check out the Elections Administration’s website, calhouncoelections.org or call 361-553-4440.