Texans may start heading to the polls starting Monday to cast ballots for the Nov. 5 election.On the ballot: nine proposed constitutional amendments and a slew of issues that vary city by city and include everything from alcohol sales to school and park bond packages.Its one more way Texans can participate in the process and make their mark on Texas, Texas Secretary of State John Steen said.
But voters need to remember to bring one extra thing to the polls with them this election: photo IDs. Thats because this is the first statewide election for Texas Voter ID law to be in effect.Tarrant County residents who dont have a valid photo ID have a chance to visit mobile stations set up locally to help them Tuesday through Thursday.The mobile sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tarrant County Southwest Subcourthouse, 6551 Granbury Road; the Charles F. Griffin Subcourthouse, 3212 Miller Ave.; the Tarrant County Subcourthouse in Arlington, 700 E. Abram St.; and the Tarrant County Northeast Subcourthouse, 201 Harwood Road, Suite 124, Bedford.Texans also may go to a drivers license office to get the cards, and several local offices are open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Nov. 2 just to issue Election Identification Certificates.Statewide, more than 13.4 million Texans are registered to vote.Early voting begins Monday and runs through Nov. 1.Applications for mail-in ballots, sample ballots and a list of Election Day polling sites may be found here. Applications for a ballot by mail must be submitted by mail or fax between Sept. 6 and Oct. 25 to Steve Raborn, Early Voting Clerk, PO Box 961011, Fort Worth, TX 76161-0011. Fax number: 817-831-6118.For information by phone, call 817-831-8683.Early votingEarly voting for the Nov. 5 general election runs through Nov. 1; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. today through Friday; 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 28-Nov.1.LocationsTarrant County Elections Center, 2700 Premier St., Fort Worth. This is the main early voting site. Emergency and limited ballots are available there.• Arlington Subcourthouse, 700 E. Abram St.• Asia Times Square, 2615 W. Pioneer Parkway, Grand Prairie• Bedford Public Library, 2424 Forest Ridge Drive• Benbrook Community Center, 228 San Angelo Ave.• B.J. Clark Annex, Room 4, 603 Southeast Parkway, Azle• Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center St., Arlington• Center for Community Service Junior League of Arlington, 4002 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington• Colleyville City Hall, 100 Main St.• CrossPoint Church of Christ, 3010 Bardin Road, Grand Prairie (no voting here on Sundays)• Crowley Community Center, 900 E. Glendale St.• Dan Echols Center, 6801 Glenview Dr., North Richland Hills• Diamond Hill/Jarvis Branch Library, 1300 N.E. 35th St., Fort Worth• Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school district Administration Building 6, Training Room, 1200 Old Decatur Road, Saginaw• Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Drive• Elzie Odom Athletic Center, 1601 N.E. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington• Forest Hill Civic and Convention Center, 6901 Wichita St.• FWISD Professional Development Center, 3150 McCart Ave.• Grapevine Community Activities Center, 1175 Municipal Way• Griffin Subcourthouse, 3212 Miller Ave., Fort Worth• Haltom City Northeast Center, 3201 Friendly Lane• Handley/Meadowbrook Community Center, 6201 Beaty St., Fort Worth• Hurst Recreation Center, 700 Mary Drive• James Avenue Service Center, 5001 James Ave.• JPS Health Center Viola M. Pitts/Como, Lower Level, Suite 100, 4701 Bryant Irvin Road N., Fort Worth• Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway• Kennedale Community Center, 316 W. Third St.• Mansfield Subcourthouse, 1100 E. Broad St.• North Richland Hills Public Library, 9015 Grand Ave.• Richland Hills Public Library, 6724 Rena Dr.• Sheriff's Department North Patrol Division, 6651 Lake Worth Blvd., Lake Worth• Southlake Town Hall, 1400 Main St.• South Service Center, 1100 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington• Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale St., Fort Worth• Southwest Regional Library, 4001 Library Lane• Southwest Subcourthouse, 6551 Granbury Road, Fort Worth• Summerglen Branch Library, 4205 Basswood Blvd., Fort Worth• Tarrant County Plaza Building, 201 Burnett St., Fort Worth• Villages of Woodland Springs Amenity Center, 12209 Timberland Blvd., Fort Worth• White Settlement Public Library, 8215 White Settlement Road• Worth Heights Community Center, 3551 New York Ave., Fort WorthTemporary voting site8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 22-24. University of Texas at Arlington Maverick Activities Center, 500 W. Nedderman Drive, ArlingtonConstitutional amendments Heres a list of the nine constitutional amendments on the Nov. 5 ballot. Proposition 1: Authorizing the legislature to give property tax exemptions to the spouses of veterans. Proposition 2: Eliminates state requirement to have the obsolete State Medical Education Board and State Medical Education Fund. Proposition 3: Extending the tax exemption period for storing aircraft parts in Texas. Proposition 4: Authorizing the legislature to give some property tax exemptions for residences donated to partially disabled veterans or their spouses. Proposition 5: Authorizing reverse mortgage loans. Proposition 6: Creating the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas, two funds officials say will help fund key projects in the state water plan. Proposition 7: Giving home-rule municipalities the ability to choose how to fill city council vacancies if those posts have less than 12 months in the term. Proposition 8: Repealing a constitutional provision that allowed a hospital district to be created in Hidalgo County. Proposition 9: Letting the State Commission on Judicial Conduct expand disciplinary actions against a judge or justice after a formal hearing.Source: Texas Secretary of States Office
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