Prop 12 grabbing most attention in Saturday’s amendment election

The statewide election slated for Saturday will put 22 constitutional amendments on the ballot for Texans to approve or deny. Several of those amendments have a direct affect on each McCulloch resident, others affect a select few. Some of the amendments McCulloch residents should pay particular attention to range from the well-known Proposition 12 dealing with medical malpractice lawsuit limits to Proposition 11 dealing with wineries located in dry counties. The Legislature proposes constitutional amendments in joint resolutions that originate in either the House or the Senate. For a proposition to make it to the ballot for voter approval, the State Constitution requires that a joint resolution be adopted by at least two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the Legislature (100 votes in the House of Representatives, 21 votes in the Senate). For a complete detailed list of each proposition along with pros and cons of each, visit the Texas Secretary of State’s website at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/ elections/voter/2003sepconsamend.shtml. McCulloch County polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the county. As set by the McCulloch County commissioners last month, two polling places will be combined. The precincts affected will be as follows: Pcts. 101, 102, 201, 301 and 401 will all vote at the Sunset Ridge Church of Christ on U.S. Hwy. 190 West (Menard Highway). Pcts. 402 and 403 will vote at the Rochelle Community Center located at 5905 Crew Ave. in Rochelle. Pct. 103 will remain at the Melvin Community Center, Pct. 202 will remain at the Voca Community Center, Pct. 302 will remain at the Lohn Tabernacle and early voting will remain at the McCulloch County courthouse. ‘I apologize for any inconvenience this might cause anyone,’ said McCulloch County Clerk Tina Smith, ‘ but due to the costs associated with the election, this is something that will help save a significant amount of money for the county. ‘Historically, these type of elections have much lower turnout than primary or general elections. What people should realize, however, is that they should take even more interest when changes to the constitution are being considered.’ These proposed consolidations are in effect only for this Sept. 13 election. Sample ballots are available at the courthouse in the county clerk’s office for any interested persons. Voters will be required to present valid identification as well as a voters’ registration card to vote in the election. If registration cards have been lost, it is still possible to vote as long as a proper photo identity card is presented.

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