Voting in the 2015 Constitutional Election
To vote in the 2015 General Election, you must be registered by October 5, 2015. To be eligible to register in Texas, you must be a U.S. citizen; a resident of the county; 18 years old (you may register at 17 years and 10 months); not a convicted felon (unless a person's sentence is completed, including any probation or parole); not declared mentally incapacitated by a court.
Voters are now required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas Elections. The following is a list of the acceptable forms of photo ID:
- Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
- Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
- Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
- United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
- United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
- United States passport
What's on the November 2015 ballot?
The following proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution (reverse side) will be decided by voters in the upcoming election on November 3, 2015. The last day to register to vote in this election is October 5, 2015. Visit the Secretary of State online at www.sos.state.tx.us for more information.
PROPOSITION 1 - (SJR 1)
Proposition 1 would amend the constitution to increase the homestead exemption for school district property taxes from $15,000 to $25,000 and reduce the tax ceiling for homeowners 65 years of age or older to reflect the increased homestead exemption. In addition, the proposed amendment would prohibit imposing a tax on the sale or transfer of real property. The proposed amendment also protects school districts from any loss in revenue as a result of the increased homestead exemption. This Proposition is expected to save taxpayers $1.24 billion. (Note: Along with SJR 1, the Legislature passed SB 1760 last session imposing stricter requirements on governing bodies of local taxing units. Under this bill, 60% of the governing body must approve a tax increase, instead of a simple majority that was previously required.)
PROPOSITION 2 - (HJR 75)
Proposition 2 would amend the constitution to include surviving spouses of totally disabled veterans who died before 2011 among the spouses who may currently claim an exemption from ad valorem taxation from all or part of the market value on the disabled veteran’s residence homestead, as long as the surviving spouse had not remarried.
PROPOSITION 3 - (SJR 52)
Proposition 3 would amend the constitution to repeal the requirement for the Comptroller of Public Accounts, the Commissioner of the General Land Office, the Attorney General, and any other officers elected statewide to reside in Austin, Texas, the state capital.
PROPOSITION 4 - (HJR 73)
Proposition 4 would amend the constitution to authorize the Legislature to permit professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.
PROPOSITION 5 - (SJR 17)
Proposition 5 would amend the constitution to authorize counties with a population of 7,500 or less to perform private road construction and maintenance.
PROPOSITION 6 - (SJR 22)
Proposition 6 would amend the constitution to recognize the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife subject to laws that promote wildlife conservation.
PROPOSITION 7 - (SJR 5)
Proposition 7 would amend the constitution to dedicate certain sales tax revenue, as well as motor vehicle sales, use, and rental tax revenue to the state highway fund. Funding is limited to non-tolled roads and the reduction of transportation-related debt. This proposition is expected to dedicate at least $2.5 billion per year in current revenue to highway projects. For more information, visit http://movetexasforward.com/proposition-7/.