Weatherford Democrat

October 19, 2013

Early voting ahead of Nov. 5 election begins Monday


Weatherford Democrat

— Early voting begins Monday and extends through Friday, Nov. 1, for the Nov. 5 Uniform Election — the first statewide election where a photo ID will be required to vote in person.

During the early voting period, registered Parker County voters can cast their ballots at any county location.

Early voting hours are:  

• Tuesday, Oct. 22-Friday, Oct. 25 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.        

• Saturday, Oct. 26 – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Sunday, Oct. 27 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 28-Friday, Nov. 1 – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Mail voting

• Applications for ballots by mail may be obtained by calling 817-598-6185.

• Applications for ballots by mail must be received by early voting clerks no later than the close of business on Oct. 25.

• Applications for ballot by mail shall be mailed to: Robert Parten, Early Voting Clerk, 1112 Santa Fe Drive, Weatherford, TX 76086.

• Voters ages 65 and older and those with a disability may vote by mail for any election.

Early voting sites

The early voting sites are:

• Aledo Community Center, 104 Robinson Ct., Aledo, meeting room.

• Azle Masonic Lodge, 257 W. Main St., Azle, meeting room.

• Old Brock ISD Admin. Build, 100 Grindstone Road, Brock, meeting room.

• Parker County Courthouse Annex, 1112 Santa Fe Drive, annex kitchen, Weatherford.

• Peaster Fire Department, 221 Judd Street, Peaster, meeting room.

• Springtown City Hall, 102 East 2nd St., Springtown, council meeting room.

• Willow Park Municipal Building, 516 Ranch House Road, Willow Park, council meeting room.

Photo ID

Texas now requires voters to show photo ID at the polls. IDs that can be accepted include: one of four Texas Department of Public Safety-issued photo IDs (driver’s license, personal ID card, concealed handgun license or election identification certificate) or one of three United States gov­ernment issued photo IDs (passport, military ID card, U.S. citizenship or naturalization certificate).

The photo ID must be current or expired no more than 60 days. Other photo IDs, including student IDs and employment IDs, cannot be accepted at the polls.

On the ballot

On the ballot are nine amendments to the Texas Constitution, placed in random order by Texas Secretary of State John Steen. Most Parker County residents will vote solely on the amendments, but others will also vote on additions to Emergency Service District No. 3 and ESD No. 7, as well as on bond elections in the Azle and Granbury school districts.

ESD No. 3 annexation

In East Parker County residents within the boundaries of ESD No. 3 as well as residents living in a petitioned area in and around Annetta North will vote on whether to add the petitioned area to the ESD, a taxing entity. The proposed annexation area includes land inside the city limits of Annetta North — on the east and west ends — and land within the ETJs of both Annetta North and Weatherford.  

A second related proposition would commit the Annetta North territory to assuming a proportionate share of ESD No. 3’s outstanding debts and taxes should the first proposition succeed.

Prop. 1

The constitutional amendment authorizing the Legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action.

Prop. 2

The constitutional amendment eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational.

Prop. 3

The constitutional amendment to authorize a political subdivision of this state to extend the number of days that aircraft parts that are exempt from ad valorem taxation due to their location in this state for a temporary period may be located in this state for purposes of qualifying for the tax exemption.

Prop. 4

The constitutional amendment authorizing the Legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization.

Prop. 5

The constitutional amendment to authorize the making of a reverse mortgage loan for the purchase of homestead property and to amend lender disclosures and other requirements in connection with a reverse mortgage loan.

Prop. 6

The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources.

Prop. 7

The constitutional amendment authorizing a home-rule municipality to provide in its charter the procedure to fill a vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is 12 months or less.

Prop. 8

The constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.

Prop. 9

The constitutional amendment relating to expanding the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Voters’ guide

The nonpartisan League of Women Voters — Texas Education Fund Voters Guide for the Constitutional Amendment Election — with an explanation and arguments for and against each proposition plus helpful information on the new photo ID requirement and other aspects of voting — is available online at www.lwvtexas.org and www.VOTE411.org and distributed in print by local Leagues and through many libraries.

A Constitutional Amendment page on www.lwvtexas.org provides more information on the constitutional amendment process and proposals considered by the 2013 Texas Legislature.

For more information about voting, visit www.votetexas.gov.