Houston County Courier - November 2007
By Daphne Hereford,
As of Thursday, Nov. 1, a total of 1,477 residents made their way to the polls to cast their ballot in early voting for the upcoming Tuesday, Nov. 6 election.
According to Houston County Clerk Bridget Lamb, this may be a record number of early voters in a constitutional Election.
Early voting began on Monday, Oct. 22 and ended on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Houston County Courthouse Annex.
As soon as the votes are tallied, complete election results will be available Tuesday, Nov. 6 on the county's website at www.co.houston.tx.us.
Internet users can click on Election Returns to get the final numbers on each of the ballot items according to Houston County Internet Technology specialist Fred Newtz.
In addition, the Courier will have a link to the county election results on the newspapers website at www.HoustonCountyCourirer.com.
On Monday, Oct. 22 a total of 117 voters cast ballots. On Tuesday, Oct. 23 a total of 156 voters took advantage of early voting. The total for Wednesday, Oct. 24 amounted to 142 and on Thursday, Oct. 25 a total of 146 voters cast ballots.
The total for Friday, Oct. 26 was 164 and for Monday, Oct. 29 184 voters made their way to the polls. Tuesday, Oct. 30 saw 207 voters at the polls and on Wednesday, Oct. 31 a total of 175 voters cast ballots. On Thursday, Nov. 1 a total of 186 voters took advantage of early voting.
On Nov. 6, citizens who did not early vote can cast their ballot at their regular precinct voting location, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Tuesday, Nov. 6 election, on a local level, a decision regarding the legalization of the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only and the legalization of the sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders only.
The Tuesday, Nov. 6 election also includes, on a state level, 16 Constitutional Amendments including:
• Prop. 1: Transferring constitutional facilities funding for Angelo State University to the Texas Tech University System.
• Prop. 2: Authorizing general obligation bonds to finance student loans.
• Prop. 3: Annual 10 percent cap on increases in homestead taxable value.
• Prop. 4: General obligation bonds for state agency construction and repair projects.
• Prop. 5: Allowing a temporary property tax freeze for smaller city redevelopment.
• Prop. 6: Property tax exemption for a personal vehicle used for business activities.
• Prop. 7: Selling property acquired through eminent domain to former owner at original price.
• Prop. 8: Revisions to home equity loan provisions.
• Prop. 9: Exempting residence homesteads of totally disabled veterans from property taxation.
• Prop. 10: Deleting constitutional references to county office of inspector of hides and animals.
• Prop. 11: Requiring legislators to cast record votes on final passage.
• Prop. 12: Authorizing $5 billion in general obligation bonds for highway improvements.
• Prop. 13: Allowing judges to deny bail in certain cases involving family violence.
• Prop. 14: Permitting judges reaching mandatory retirement age to finish their terms.
• Prop. 15: Authorizing general obligation bonds to fund cancer research.
• Prop. 16 Bonds for water and sewer services to economically distressed areas.