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Voter Information

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Offices in Kerr County 2018 Primary election include:

County Clerk

District Clerk

County Judge

County Treasurer

Commissioner Pct. 2

Commissioner Pct. 4

County Surveyor

Justice of the Peace Pct. 1

Justice of the Peace Pct. 2

Justice of the Peace Pct. 3

Justice of the Peace Pct. 4

Country Court at Law Judge

District Judge 198th

December 11 filing deadline for political candidates.

Important Voting Dates (times and locations)

Bandera County Dates for early and regular voting

Gillespie County Dates for early and regular voting

Register to Vote

PRESS RELEASE 10/25/2017

Early Voting Has Started in Texas ! League of Women Voters of Texas' 2017 Constitutional Amendment Voter Guide Available Now AUSTIN, TX - Texas voters will decide in the November 7, 2017, election whether or not seven amendments proposed by the Texas Legislature should be added to the Texas Constitution. "The issues at stake affect all Texans now and in the future, from property tax exemptions to professional sports team and financial institutions conducting raffles, to detailed changes in the property tax laws." according to Elaine Wiant, President of the League of Women Voters of Texas. "Given the significance of the issues and relative permanence of constitutional amendments, voters need to understand each of the propositions to cast an informed vote." If a majority of those voting in the November 7 election support these propositions, they will become part of the Texas Constitution.

Early voting began on October 23 and ends on November 3. All registered voters may vote early at any early voting location in their county. On November 7, voters must vote in the precinct where they live unless the county is participating in countywide vote centers. Locations are published in newspapers or on online by the county clerk or election administrator. County elections information is available at VoteTexas.gov.

League of Women Voters of Texas Voter Education Initiative

The League of Women Voters of Texas is a nonpartisan political organization that does not endorse or oppose any candidates or parties. The League is well known for providing fair and impartial voter information for Texas voters. This year the League has several resources to help voters prepare for the November 2017 Constitutional Amendment Election. The nonpartisan Voters Guide with ballot language, explanation, and balanced arguments for and against each proposition, plus information on photo ID and other voting requirements, is available:

1. On the Texas League website, lwvtexas.org, in both English and Spanish,

2. On the League's interactive Voters Guide, VOTE411.org, and

3. In print through local Leagues and many libraries across the state.

In addition, the volunteers, interns and staff have prepared short videos describing each Proposition. These are available on the League of Women Voters of Texas' YouTube page.

For Texans Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

The League has compiled the following information for Texas impacted by Hurricane Harvey: If you had one of the accepted photo IDs, but no longer have it, you may vote with one of the alternative forms of ID. You will sign the affidavit and vote a regular ballot. If you are temporarily staying in a county where you are not registered to vote, you may submit an application for ballot by mail to your county's election office. It must be received no later than October 27, 2017. You will need to provide a mailing address which is outside of your home Texas county. You may choose to register to vote in the county where you are now residing if you intend to stay in the new county. The deadline to register is October 10, 2017. You may vote a "limited ballot" during early voting in the county where you are currently residing. Limited ballot voting is only available at the main early voting location in the county. The limited ballot will include the constitutional amendment election. Voting a limited ballot in the new county has the effect of registering the voter in the new county. As a last resort, if you no longer have any form of acceptable ID, you may vote a provisional ballot. You have six days to go to your county registrar's office and complete affidavit swearing to the natural disaster. 2017 Propositions to Amend the Texas Constitution

The propositions on the ballot matter to all Texans. Here is a very short descriptions of each of the seven propositions that will be on the Nov. 7th ballot across the state:

Proposition 1 authorizes the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation to a veteran homestead or the surviving spouse of a veteran, if veteran homestead was donated to veteran by a charitable organization for less than the market value Proposition 2 changes several aspects of home equity loans such as fee caps, refinancing, and lines of credit Proposition 3 limits the service of certain officeholders after their term has expired Proposition 4 requires courts to notify the attorney general before ruling on a challenge to the constitutionality of a state law Proposition 5 expands the number of professional sports teams eligible to hold charitable raffles at home games Proposition 6 authorizes the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation for the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed on line of duty Proposition 7 allows the legislature to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings

Voter ID Information

Voters may use one of seven (7) forms of photo ID, listed below. IDs may be expired up to four years. Driver license Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC) Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS US military identification card containing the person's photograph US citizenship certificate containing the person's photograph US passport ADDITIONALLY, new procedures allow registered voters without photo ID to sign a simple form* and present one of the following documents to vote a regular ballot: Valid voter registration certificate (card) Certified birth certificate Current utility bill Bank statement Government check Paycheck Any other government document with the individual's name and address

  • The one-page form is called the "Voter's Declaration of Reasonable Impediment or Difficulty"

Photo ID is not required to vote by mail. Voters may apply for a mail ballot if 65 or older, ill or disabled, or absent from their county during early voting and on Election Day.

For more information, see the League of Women Voters' Voter ID webpage.

The Texas Constitution

The Texas constitution is among the longest of state constitutions in the United States. Since its adoption in 1876, the legislature has proposed 666 constitutional amendments, and 662 have gone before Texas voters; 483 have been approved by the electorate and 179 have been defeated.

An amendment is proposed in a joint resolution that can originate in either house of the state legislature during a regular or special session. A joint resolution specifies the election date and may contain more than one amendment. The joint resolution must receive a vote of two-thirds of each house before it is presented to the voters. The governor cannot veto a joint resolution.

The governor can, however, veto the enabling legislation, the bill to enact the amendment if it is passed by voters. Not all amendments require enabling legislation. If the voters reject an amendment, the enabling legislation does not take effect. If the amendment fails, the legislature may resubmit it in a future legislative session. Amendments take effect when the official vote canvass confirms statewide voter approval, unless a later date is specified in the joint resolution.

The only method of amending the constitution prescribed by Article 17 is through the legislature, subject to voter approval. The constitution does not provide for amendment by initiative, constitutional convention, or any other means. Once an amendment passes it is compiled into the existing framework, text is either added or deleted, unlike the United States Constitution.

The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Texas has been "educating and agitating" since 1919. The League encourages active and informed civic participation in government and increased understanding of major public policy issues. The League of Women Voters' non-partisan Voters Guide is highly respected and sought after by voters in local and statewide elections in Texas. # # #