Voter turnout was deemed good for the 2019 Constitutional Amendment Election Tuesday.

Of the 12,420 registered voters in Calhoun County, 1,433, 11.54 percent voted. Of the 1,433 votes, 459 were cast during the early voting period, 959 on Election Day and 15 by absentee vote.

“It’s sad that it was only 11 and a half percent but it was a good turnout,” said Sandra Witte, Democratic Party Chairman.

Republican Party Chairman Russell Cain and Vice Chairman Connie Hunt echoed that sentiment.

“The voter turnout was really good,” said Hunt. “I hope we have this kind of turnout in the primaries and General Election.”

This was the first election for Election Administrator Mary Orta.

“Things went very smoothly,” she said.

Witte noted that the election went well and that it went well for Orta.

“All the ladies in the Elections Office do a good job,” she said.


No. 1: For: 537. Against: 871. This proposition would allow a person to hold more than one municipal court judgeship at a time. 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: For: 895. Against: 493. This proposition would allow the Texas Water Development Board to issued 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: For: 1,196. Against: 193. 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 given the authority to prescribe the method of determining the amount of the tax exemption and duration and to create additional eligibility requirements for tax exemption.

No. 4: For: 1,192. Against: 229. This proposition would prohibit the state from imposing or collecting an individual income tax including n individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income.

No. 5: For: 1,168. Against: 234. 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: For: 854. Against: 540. This proposition would increase the maximum bond amount for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to $6 billion from $3 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: For: 955. Against: 423. This amendment will allow increased distribution from $300 million per year to $600 million per to from 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: For: 1,018. Against: 375. 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 the funds 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: For: 731. Against: 606. The proposition would authorize the legislature to crate a property tax exemption for precious metal hold in a precious metal depository located in the state.

No. 10: For: 1,280. Against: 77. 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.