TEXAS — Preliminary results show that voters on Tuesday approved all eight of the proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. Amendments such as these are passed as bills but require voter approval.
For the latest election results, visit the Texas Secretary of State’s website.
For a comprehensive breakdown of the eight amendments, click here.
Proposition 1: Authorize Charitable Raffles at Rodeo Venues Amendment
As of Tuesday morning passed by 1,224,406 to 236,579
Proposition 2: Authorize Counties to Issue Infrastructure Bonds in Blighted Areas Amendment
Passed by 918,744 to 536,249
Proposition 3: Prohibition on Limiting Religious Services or Organizations Amendment
Passed by 912,578 to 548,535
Proposition 4: Changes to Eligibility for Certain Judicial Offices Amendment
Passed by 833,479 to 584,389
Proposition 5: State Commission on Judicial Conduct Authority Over Candidates for Judicial Office Amendment
Passed by 839,668 to 578,625
Proposition 6: Right to Designated Essential Caregiver Amendment
Passed by 1,275,369 to 176,054
Proposition 7: Homestead Tax Limit for Surviving Spouses of Disabled Individuals Amendment
Passed by 1,266,491 to 187,749
Proposition 8: Homestead Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouses of Military Fatally Injured in the Line of Duty Amendment
Passed by 1,272,793 to 178,105
In Austin, Prop A garnered heated discussion but ultimately it was soundly defeated by voters, with 68% voting against.
The ballot measure would have required at least two police officers per 1,000 people, additional training and cadet courses and recruiting and retention programs. A report from Austin’s chief financial officer estimates the cost would be between $271.5 million and $598.8 million.
Save Austin Now, the group behind the measure, cited a recent uptick in crime, including homicide, in the city in pushing it.
City leaders said they would have had to dip into other programs like EMS, fire, parks and the arts in order to fund the police boost.
However, voters approved Austin’s Prop B 73% to 27%.
The passage will bring about the sale of nine acres of the city park department’s central maintenance complex on South Lakeshore Boulevard to the highest bidder.
The city claims the exchange will include least 48 acres of waterfront land elsewhere, the cost of a new maintenance facility, and removal of the Fiesta Garden’s maintenance yard across the shore and restoration of that property to parkland, all at no cost to the city.
Opponents said the proposition would disproportionately affect the city’s most vulnerable communities.