Voters won’t be going to the polls for any candidates next month, but they will have their say on matters involving propositions in the State of Texas during the Special Election for constitutional amendments.
According to the Secretary of State’s Office, there are 10 propositions that voters will decide “for” or “against” on their ballots.
The first proposition is the only one of the 10 that involves an individual’s right – an elected official at that.
Voters will decide if a person can hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.
The municipal judge for Wharton is Jared Cullar. The municipal judge in East Bernard is Cynthia Kubicek.
Cullar, who was with the Wharton Police Department prior to running for the judgeship in 2017, is not affected by the election.
“Texas law already permits a person to be appointed as a municipal judge in more than one municipality at the same time and under the City of Wharton’s charter, the position is appointed by the Wharton City Council and not elected,” Cullar said. “Proposition 1 will not affect the city’s court.”
Wharton County Judge Phillip Spenrath said since Boling is not incorporated, it does not have a municipal judge.
In case, voters were wondering about Spenrath’s circumstances, this proposition doesn’t affect him either.
List of propositions
The Wharton County Election’s Office provides a ballot sample that shows each proposition and how it will appear at the voting centers.
The Secretary of State provided the constitutional amendment election ballot language.
It reads as follows:
“The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.”
“The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $200 million to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.”
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a temporary exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster.”
“The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income.”
“The constitutional amendment dedicating the revenue received from the existing state sales and use taxes that are imposed on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to protect Texas’ natural areas, water quality, and history by acquiring, managing, and improving state and local parks and historic sites while not increasing the rate of the state sales and use taxes.”
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.”
“The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.”
“The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.”
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.”
“The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.”
According to the county’s Elections Office headed by Clerk Cindy Richter, voting centers during the Tuesday, Nov. 5 special election are in Wharton (Wharton Civic Center’s Duncan Auditorium), Boling (Boling Volunteer Fire Department station), East Bernard (county library), Louise (Justice of the Peace 3 courtroom), and El Campo (county library and St. Robert’s Catholic Church).
Richter said the Hillje location at St. Andrew’s Parish Hall will not be used as previous advertised in local newspapers and told to news media.
Voting on Nov. 5 is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and voters may cast their ballots no matter where they reside at any location listed above.
There are two locations for early voting. In Wharton, it will be the Wharton County Annex D Building’s Classroom 116. In El Campo, it is the county library’s mayor’s room.
Early voting hours are Monday, Oct. 21 through Friday, Oct. 25 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Monday, Oct. 28 through Wednesday, Oct. 30 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and Thursday, Oct. 31 and Friday, Nov. 1 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.).
“We will have six polling locations on Election Day with approximately 24 workers.,” Richter said. “We have two early voting locations and they will be open for two weeks. Each location will have about four to five people working at a time at.”