Tomorrow is Election Day!
I have been trying to find a good resource that lists all of the measures on the Harris County ballot and I haven’t been able to find one – so I put together some links I found (from lots of different parties/places) in my research if you want to do some reading before you cast your vote.
There’s no agenda to this, just that I want to encourage everyone to do some research and cast your vote as you see fit!
I lost my voter registration card two or three moves ago, and I doubt I’m the only one. Not to worry – you can look up your polling place by your first and last name here: http://www.harrisvotes.org/VoterBallotSearch.aspx
On Election Day you have to vote at your polling place (in early voting you can vote anywhere). Polls are open 7 AM to 7 PM. You do need a photo ID to vote, but that’s all.
What’s On the Ballot in Houston?
Here’s a list of everything on the ballot for Houston: http://www.harrisvoterinfo.com/harris-county-political-races.html#houston
Here’s a list of all of the proposed State Constitutional Amendments: http://www.harrisvoterinfo.com/texas-statewide-political-races.html
When you look up your polling place you can see a sample ballot for your exact precinct to see exactly what to expect.
The Houston Mayoral race is at the top of the ballot. If no candidate gets 50% of the vote, there will be a run off of the top two candidates on December 14. I am partial to incumbent Annise Parker (See pic at right!).
For the local races, the ballot doesn’t show you which party someone is a part of next to their name. If you do plan to vote on party lines, I would recommend looking at the endorsements by your local party group ahead of time. For instance, the Harris County Young Democrats list all of their endorsements on their website. The same list should be easy to find for whatever party affiliation you subscribe to.
Propositions and Such
Harris County Proposition 1: Allocates funds for a Jail Processing center that will make inmate processing much more efficient in Harris county. Does not require a tax raise. Here is the best Q&A I could find on this from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (I know, it’s confusing that they only offer this info in a downloadable PDF) – http://www.harriscountyso.org/images/community_service/Q.pdf
Harris County Proposition 2: Allocate funds ($217 Million) to renovate the Astrodome into a conference center (if Prop 2 doesn’t pass then it gets torn down). Here’s your last chance to save the Eighth Wonder of the World. Does require a tax increase. Lots more on this issue from the Chron (which endorses this proposition) here: http://www.chron.com/opinion/recommendations/article/Vote-for-the-Dome-4850676.php
Texas State Constitutional Propositions
There are 9 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. I tend to vote for these amendments – especially because they have to do with things like disabled veterans rights (Props 1 and 4) and eliminating obsolete requirements for the state medical board (Prop 2). Resources on these:
- The League of Women Voters has a nice PDF of the amendments that lists the pros and cons of each
- The Texas Tribune shows the 9 with some more details including which State Senator proposed each
- Looks like both Liberals and Conservatives endorse or have neutral positions on all of them except 6
- Here’s what the Libertarian party has to say (they oppose lots of the amendments) if you’re interested
Proposition 6 is the most controversial of the amendments this time around – the proposition to establish two funds to finance Texas water conservation projects. More info on Proposition 6:
- Overview from NPR (which tends to lean left if you’re worried about bias): http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/tag/proposition-6/
- FAQs on Proposition 6 from the Texas Water Board: http://www.twdb.state.tx.us/newsmedia/swift/faq.asp
Feel free to share any links I left out in the comments!