Important decisions for the State of Texas will soon be in Texans’ hands. By voting in the 2021 constitutional amendment election, one will directly impact the future of Texas.

Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 18 and runs through Friday, Oct. 29.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2.

“As a result of input from constituents throughout Senate District 18, I authored and passed Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 19, which will appear as Proposition 6 on the ballot,” said Sen. Lois Kolkhorst.  “During COVID-19, many Texans in nursing homes and assisted living homes were denied any contact with family or friends for months, due to the declared public health emergency.  Visiting a loved one in a nursing home should be a right, not a privilege, which is why I wrote SJR 19.

“By passing Proposition 6 on the ballot, it will become a constitutional right that Texans in congregate care are guaranteed an essential caregiver.  Never again will our elderly or most fragile be abandoned during a health emergency.”

Non-partisan analysis of each ballot proposition:

• Proposition 1 - Authorizes professional sports team charitable organizations to conduct raffles at rodeo venues

• Proposition 2 - Authorizes a county to issue bonds to fund infrastructure and transportation projects in undeveloped and blighted areas

• Proposition 3 - Amends the Texas Constitution to prohibit the state or any political subdivision from enacting a law, rule, order, or proclamation that limits religious services or organizations

• Proposition 4 - Changes the eligibility requirements for the following judicial offices: a justice of the supreme court, a judge of the court of criminal appeals, a justice of a court of appeals, and a district judge

• Proposition 5 - Authorizes the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct to accept and investigate complaints and reports against candidates running for state judicial office

• Proposition 6 - Amends the Texas Constitution to state that residents of nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, or state-supported living centers have a right to designate an essential caregiver that may not be prohibited from visiting the resident

• Proposition 7 - Amends the Texas Constitution to allow the legislature to extend a homestead tax limit for surviving spouses of disabled individuals as long as the spouse is 55 years old and resides at the home

• Proposition 8 - Amends the Texas Constitution to allow the legislature to apply a homestead tax exemption for surviving spouses of members of the military to those fatally injured in the line of duty

“Always remember that our government relies on your participation,” said Kolkhorst. “Do not forget to vote on Nov. 2, or cast your ballot early between Oct. 18 and Oct. 29.”

For more information, Texans can visit VoteTexas.gov.

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