2014 March Primary Election: Key Dates
Monday, February 3, 2014 - Last day of voter registration
- Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - First day of early voting
- Friday, February 28, 2014 - Last day of early voting
Primary Election Day
2013 State Constitutional Amendment Election
Texas voters went to the polls on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, to vote on nine proposed state constitutional amendments, deciding on issues touching on water planning and funding, property tax exemptions for disabled military veterans and their spouses as well as military widows, and sanctions related to a judge or justice following a formal proceeding. In short, Texas voters approved all nine constitutional amendments that were on the statewide ballot. Statewide constitutional amendments passed by voters were:
- Proposition 1: Provides property tax breaks to the spouses of military veterans killed in the line of duty. APPROVED.
- Proposition 2: Eliminates requirements for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational. APPROVED.
- Proposition 3: Extends tax exemptions for aircraft parts brought into the state for resale. APPROVED.
- Proposition 4: Provides property tax exemptions for disabled military veterans and their spouses. APPROVED.
- Proposition 5: Expands “reverse mortgage” lending. APPROVED.
- Proposition 6: Authorizes the state to tap up to $2 billion from its savings account to create the State Water Infrastructure Fund. APPROVED.
- Proposition 7: Allows the appointment of city leaders when an elected official resigns with less than a year left in office. APPROVED.
- Proposition 8: Increases the taxing authority of a Hidalgo County hospital district. APPROVED.
- Proposition 9: Expands the powers of the state commissioner on judicial conduct. APPROVED.
Perhaps the most widely promoted and controversial amendment, Proposition 6, was approved by a wide margin, which was the ballot measure creating the State Water Infrastructure Fund that now has $2 billion from the rainy day fund to help begin paying for 562 water projects established by the state’s water plan.
The constitutional amendments were authorized by two-thirds of the House and Senate in the 2013 legislative session. Since the Texas Constitution was ratified in 1876, Texas voters have considered more than 656 proposed amendments and approved of 474, according to the Legislative Reference Library. A majority of the voters must approve of the amendments before they can be implemented.
The election was the first test of the Voter ID law, which was effective after the United States Supreme Court struck down the provision of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibited Texas from changing voting laws without preclearance from the federal government.
Several cities also authorized “special election” ballot propositions for their respective jurisdictions. In the Austin Special Election for Texas House of Representatives District 50, Celia Israel (D) and Mike VanDeWalle (R) will face each other in a runoff to replace Representative Mark Strama (D), who resigned to take a job with Google. The district includes parts of north Austin and eastern Travis County.
Locally however, there were several propositions on the ballot across north Texas, but most notably was the sweeping $490 million bond package for the Fort Worth Independent School District. Three propositions were approved by wide margins. Approximately 22,592 ballots were cast and all three measures passed with about 99 percent of votes counted—a lead that began with early vote results and continued as ballots were tallied. The bond package will add classrooms, expand pre-kindergarten to all students, and bring high-tech devices to help high school students in the digital age. Approval of all three propositions adds 3 cents to the tax rate (now $1.322) with $1.04 for operations and 28 cents for debt repayment. District leaders have said the three propositions will help students succeed while making room for growing enrollment.
Important Voter Links
2013 Constitutional Amendment Election
2012 General Election Results
2012 Primary Runoff Election Results
2012 Primary Election Results