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Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:50 pm, Mon Jun 17, 2013.

WHERE TO VOTE EARLY

Alamo (see “City of Alamo” listing)

Donna

>> Amigos Del Valle

1408 Silver Ave., Donna

Edinburg

>> Firemen’s Training Room

210 W. McIntyre, Edinburg

>> UTPA Wellness Center

1201 W. University Drive

Edcouch/Elsa

>> Elsa Fire Station

216 E. 4th St., Elsa

La Joya/Sullivan City

>> City Hall

101 N. Leo Ave., La Joya

McAllen

>> McAllen Tax Office

311 N. 15th St.

Mission

>> Mission City Hall

1201 E. 8th St.

Palmview/Alton

>> Co. Comm. Pct. 3

724 N. Breyfogle Road, Palmview

Pharr/San Juan

>> Jose Pepe Salinas Center

1011 W. Kelly, Pharr

Progreso

>> Progreso Comm. Ctr.

210 Farm-to-Market Road 1015, Progreso

Weslaco/Mercedes

>> Braught Theatre

525 S. Kansas Ave., Weslaco

 

 

WHEN TO VOTE

Monday, Oct. 24:      8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 25:     8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 26:   8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 27:    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 28:      8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 29:    7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 30:      10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 31:      8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 2:    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 3:     7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 4:       7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

 

 

 

 

City of Alamo

ELECTION TYPE: Commission Race

Candidates for mayor: Diana Marcias, Robert De La Garza, Cruz Alaniz

Candidates for Place 2: Trinidad Medina

Candidates for Place 4: Maria Del Pilar Ezpinoza Garza 

POLLING PLACES/TIMES: Early voting for Precincts 23, 44, 77, 91, 120, 123, 126, 127 and 130 will be at Alamo City Hall, 420 N. Tower Road. For a complete list of voting dates and locations, visit http://tinyurl.com/3l8l6d7

NOTE

Last day to register to vote: Tuesday, Oct. 11

Last day to apply for Ballot by Mail: Tuesday, Nov. 1

 

City of Edinburg

ELECTION TYPE: Ballot Issue

AMENDMENT NO. 1 SUMMARY: Should the city extend terms for its mayor and council members from three to four years?

AMENDMENT NO. 1 LANGUAGE: AMENDING ARTICLE 2. GOVERNING BODY, Section 2:

Election and Tenure of Mayor and Council Members (a), to revise the first sentence to read as follows: “Except as otherwise provided in this charter the Mayor and four (4) Council Members of the City shall be elected At-large by the qualified voters of the City of Edinburg at general elections to be held for that purpose, and shall hold office for four (4) years and until their successors shall have been elected and qualified. This amendment shall be effective immediately following its passage. As such, the current Mayor and Council Members’ terms shall be extended for an additional one (1) year.”

AMENDMENT NO. 2 SUMMARY: Should the city move its elections from May to November?

AMENDMENT NO. 2 LANGUAGE: AMENDING ARTICLE 2. GOVERNING BODY, Section 2:

Election and Tenure of Mayor and Council Members (b), to read as follows: “Elections for Mayor and Council Members will be held in accordance with current Texas law and the uniform election dates.”

AMENDMENT NO. 3 SUMMARY: Should the city impose a three-term limit for office holders?

AMENDMENT NO. 3 LANGUAGE: AMENDMENT NO.3: AMENDING ARTICLE 2. GOVERNING BODY, Section 2: Election and Tenure of Mayor and Council Members, Amendment to add (c), to read as follows: “The Mayor and Council Members who are duly elected shall be prohibited from serving in their respective elective positions for more than three (3) successive terms. This amendment shall be effective on the first opposed or unopposed election of the Mayor and Council Members following its passage.”

AMENDMENT NO. 4 LANGUAGE: AMENDING ARTICLE 3. PROCEDURES OF THE CITY

COUNCIL, LEGISLATION, Section 9: Official Newspaper, to read as follows: “The City Council shall, as soon as practicable, after the commencement of each fiscal or municipal year, enter into a contract with a newspaper as the official newspaper thereof, and continue as such until another is selected, and shall cause to publish therein all ordinances, notices, and other matters as required by the charter or by the ordinances of the City.”

AMENDMENT NO. 5 SUMMARY: Should the city extend terms for its municipal court judge from three to four years?

AMENDMENT NO. 5 LANGUAGE: AMENDING ARTICLE 8. MUNICIPAL COURT, Section 1:

Municipal Court Judge, first sentence of first paragraph, to read as follows:

At the regular City elections there shall be elected a Municipal Court Judge, whose term of office shall be for four (4) years. This amendment shall be effective immediately following its passage. As such, the current Municipal Court Judge’s term shall be extended for an additional one (1) year.”

AMENDMENT NO. 6 LANGUAGE: Should the city amend its charter to indicate it has moved its city hall from the old McIntyre Street location to the new University Drive building?

AMENDMENT NO. 6 LANGUAGE: AMENDMENT NO.6: AMENDING ARTICLE XVII. GENERAL PROVISIONS, Section 8-1 (1)(h)(3), to read as follows:) All notices required by this ordinance [section] shall be effectuated by serving them upon the City Manager at the following location: City of Edinburg, 415 West University Drive, Edinburg, Texas 78539, and all such notices shall be effective only when actually received in the office of the person named above.

PROPOSITION NO. 1 SUMMARY: Should the Edinburg Economic Development Corp. be allowed to use its share of the half-cent sales tax for quality of life purposes?

PROPOSITION NO. 1 LANGUAGE: Would allow the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation to use economic development funds for recreational facilities which are limited to entertainment, public parks and park facilities, and all related store, restaurant, concession and automobile parking facilities and all related roads, streets, water and sewer facilities as allowed under Section 505.152 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

City of McAllen

ELECTION TYPE: Ballot Issue

SUMMARY: Should McAllen levy a hotel tax to fund a performing arts center?

BALLOT LANGUAGE: “Authorizing the City of McAllen to provide for the planning, design, development, renovation and construction of a Performing Arts Center, or operating or maintaining a Performing Arts Center, and related facilities, infrastructure and improvements including buildings, sitework, utilities, plumbing, roads, walkways, sidewalks, plazas, bridges, parking lots and/or parking garages, traffic control devices, signage, landscaping, real estate, easements, rights-of-way and other improvements necessary to build the Performing Arts Center and related facilities located in the vicinity of a convention center or facility owned by the City of McAllen; and to impose a hotel occupancy tax at the maximum rate of up to two-percent (2%) of the price paid for a room in a hotel, motel, tourist home, tourist house, tourist court, lodging house, inn, rooming house or bed and breakfast, which is located in McAllen, Texas for the purpose of financing this Venue Project.”

SAMPLE BALLOTS: Sample ballots in English and Spanish available here http://goo.gl/TNbPr

POLLING PLACES/TIMES: Early voting will take place at the McAllen Tax Office, 311 N. 15th St. For a complete list of times and Election Day locations, visit http://goo.gl/iu1si

 

 

Sharyland ISD

ELECTION TYPE: Ballot Issue

SUMMARY: Should Sharyland schools raise taxes to fund a second high school?

BALLOT LANGUAGE: “The issuance of $55,000,000.00 in bonds for the construction and equipment of school buildings for a new high school in the district including acquisition of off-site utilities and purchasing of necessary sites therefor and the levying of the tax in payment thereof?”

SAMPLE BALLOTS: Sample ballots in English and Spanish available here: http://tinyurl.com/6h7jdb6

POLLING TIMES/PLACES: Early voting will take place at Mission Fire Station #3, at 1804 N. Shary Road in Mission. For a complete list of times and Election Day locations, visit http://tinyurl.com/5tnarzv

 

 

Weslaco ISD

ELECTION TYPE: Ballot Issue

SUMMARY: Should Weslaco schools rearrange property tax pennies to collect more state aid?

BALLOT LANGUAGE: “Approving the ad valorex tax rate of $1.1397 per $100.00 valuation in Weslaco Independent School District for the current year, a rate that is $0.00 higher per $100.00 valuation than the school district rollback tax rate.”

SAMPLE BALLOTS: Sample ballots in English and Spanish available here: http://tinyurl.com/3vw8hb9

POLLING TIMES/PLACES: Early voting will take place at Braught Theater, at 525 S. Kansas Ave. in Weslaco. For a  complete list of times and Election Day locations, visit http://tinyurl.com/3u6plsu

 

 

State of Texas

ELECTION TYPE: Constitutional Election

SAMPLE BALLOTS: Sample ballots in English and Spanish available here: http://tinyurl.com/688nlnm

PROPOSITION 1: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran.”

PROPOSITION 2: “The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $6 billion at any time outstanding.”

PROPOSITION 3: “The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of general obligation bonds of the State of Texas to finance educational loans to students.”

PROPOSITION 4: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit a county to issue bonds or notes to finance the development or redevelopment of an unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted area and to pledge for repayment of the bonds or notes increases in ad valorem taxes imposed by the county on property in the area. The amendment does not provide authority for increasing ad valorem tax rates.”

PROPOSITION 5: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to allow cities or counties to enter into interlocal contracts with other cities or counties without the imposition of a tax or the provision of a sinking fund.”

PROPOSITION 6: “The constitutional amendment clarifying references to the permanent school fund, allowing the General Land Office to distribute revenue from permanent school fund land or other properties to the available school fund to provide additional funding for public education, and providing for an increase in the market value of the permanent school fund for the purpose of allowing increased distributions from the available school fund.”

PROPOSITION 7: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit conservation and reclamation districts in El Paso County to issue bonds supported by ad valorem taxes to fund the development and maintenance of parks and recreational facilities.”

PROPOSITION 8: “The constitutional amendment providing for the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of open-space land devoted to water-stewardship purposes on the basis of its productive capacity.”

PROPOSITION 9: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the governor to grant a pardon to a person who successfully completes a term of deferred adjudication community supervision.”

PROPOSITION 10: “The constitutional amendment to change the length of the unexpired term that causes the automatic resignation of certain elected county or district officeholders if they become candidates for another office.”

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