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Results in for proposed amendments

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AUSTIN - Ten constitutional amendments were on the ballot for the Nov. 5, election, and voters approved all but one of the 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.

The only proposition to fail was Proposition 1- permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at a time. Votes for no tallied 65.44 percent (1,970,765) of the total votes and 34.56 (681,139) voters voted in favor. Grimes County voters agreed with voters casting 1,427 votes against Proposition 1 and 745 voting in favor of.

Grimes County votes also mimicked the statewide results with nine amendments that passed.

Passing amendments

(Grimes County

results in bold)

Prop. 2, 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, passed with 1,285,397 votes or

(65.62 percent) to 673,306 votes

(34.38 percent). Yes- 1179, No-966;

Prop. 3, 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 disaster, passed with 1,667,110 votes (85.09 percent) to 292,031 votes (14.91 percent). Yes- 1804, No- 364;

Prop. 4, making it more difficult for the state to impose an individual income tax by requiring a two-thirds majority vote of the House and Senate before putting the matter on a ballot for voters to approve or disapprove, passed with 1,467,994 votes (74.41 percent) to 504,848 votes

(25.59 percent). Yes- 1875, No- 315;

Prop. 5, 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, passed with 1,732,331 (88 percent) to 236,251 votes (12 percent). Yes- 1893, No- 288;

Prop. 6, authorizing the Legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, passed with 1,250,089 votes or 64 percent of votes cast to 703,157 votes or 36 percent. Yes- 1244, No- 905;

Prop. 7, allowing increased distributions to the Available School Fund, passed with 1,449,333

(74.12 percent) to 506,142

(25.88 percent). Yes- 1441, No- 701;

Prop. 8, providing for the creation of the Flood Infrastructure Fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation and flood control projects, passed with 1,527,394 (77.83 percent) to 435,184 (22.17 percent). Yes- 1505, No- 641;

Prop. 9, authorizing the Legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state, passed with 977,272 (51.6 percent) to 916,513 votes (48.4 percent). Yes- 1153, No- 945;

Prop. 10, to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances, passed with 1,845,766 votes

(93.75 percent) to 123,032 votes (6.25 percent). Yes-2045, No- 131.

Filing begins for 2020


The 2020 campaign season officially began Nov.

9. With the first day to file an application for elected office in Grimes County on the 2020 Primary General Election Ballot. Applications will be accepted until 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9.

For more information contact Democratic Party chairman James Harris, 936-825-4846, or Republican Party chairman Susan Patrick, 281-221-0373.

March 3, 2020, Primary


• Monday, Feb. 3- Last day to register to vote.

• Friday, Feb. 21- Last day to apply for a ballot to be voted by mail.

• Tuesday, Feb. 18-through Friday, Feb. 28-Early voting.

• Tuesday, March 3- Primary Election Day.

For more information about elections or to register to vote, contact Grimes County Elections Office, 936-873-4422 or visit their website, www.grimes .