Election Report : Three Up, Three Down on Tuesday

Leading up to the November 8th election, grassroots groups across the state had published voters’ guides to help voters make some sense of the 10 obscure constitutional amendments.

 

Based on our review of the available grassroots analysis:

 

Props 1 and 5 were in dispute, with grassroots activists on both sides.

 

Props 9 and 10 encountered a mixture of opposition and neutrality.

 

Props 2-4 and 6-8 were uniformly opposed by the grassroots groups we heard from.

 

By Election Day, approximately 687,000 Texans had cast ballots–approximately 5% of eligible voters.  After the votes were counted:

 

DESCRIPTION:

GRASS

ROOTS:

OUTCOME:
Prop 1

Providing tax benefits to spouses

of disabled veterans

Mixed PASSED (83%-17%)
Prop 2 Providing for new debt for water projects NO PASSED (51.5%-48.5%)
Prop 3 Providing for new debt for education loans

NO

PASSED (54.5%-45.5%)
Prop 4

Providing for new debt for condemnation

and development of underdeveloped areas

NO DEFEATED (40.3%-59.7%)  
Prop 5

Allowing local governments to enter

into interlocal contracts

Mixed PASSED (57.8%-42.2%)
Prop 6

Allowing the state legislature to spend more

of the Permanent School Fund

NO PASSED (51.6%-48.4%)
Prop 7 Creating new bonding authority for El Paso NO DEFEATED (48.3%-51.7%)
Prop 8

Providing for ad valorem taxation of land

devoted to water stewardship

NO DEFEATED (47%-53%)
Prop 9

Expanding the Governor’s authority to

issue pardons

Mixed PASSED (57.3%-42.7%)
Prop 10

Changing the length of term of certain

county officials

Mixed PASSED (55.9%-44.1%)

 

Of the six propositions uniformly opposed by the Texas conservative groups issuing recommendations, three passed and three failed.   

 

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