New Voting App has League of Women Voters Voters Guide 2015 Constitutional Amendment Election
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New Voting App has League of Women Voters Voters Guide 

2015 Constitutional Amendment Election

 

Austin, TX -  The League of Women Voters of Texas is excited to announce the new "Voting App" with the 2015 Constitutional Amendment Voters Guide.  The League is partnering with Think Voting, a voter information technology start-up based in Austin, Texas, to expand access to the information in the League's nonpartisan Voters Guide. 
 
Like the League's Voters Guide, the "Voting App" is designed to better prepare voters before stepping into the voting booth. The app seeks to streamline the voting process by consolidating scattered and fragmented information into a single platform that gives every voter the Who, What, When, Where and Why for any election. In addition to the League of Women Voters 2015 Texas Constitutional Amendment Voters Guide, the Voting App has polling place information for Harris County, Travis County. Bexar County, Tarrant County. Dallas County, El Paso County, and Nueces County via the VoteNav tool, in Android and iOs formats. Look for the free Voting App at the Play Store or the iPhone Store. 


The Propositions to Amend the Texas Constitution on the 11/3 Ballot are:
  • Proposition 1 increases the homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000
  • Proposition 2 extends a property tax exemption to the surviving spouse of a totally disable veteran who died before 2010
  • Proposition 3 repeals the requirement that certain statewide officers live in Austin
  • Proposition 4 permits professional sports teams to conduct charitable raffles
  • Proposition 5 allows counties with fewer than 7,500 people to provide private road maintenance
  • Proposition 6 includes in the Constitution the right to hunt and fish
  • Proposition 7 diverts $2.5 Billion or more of sales tax revenue from the General Fund to the State Highway Fund
 Voter Identification Information


Texas requires voters to show one of the accepted photo IDs at the polls in order to vote. The only acceptable photo IDs are:
  • Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) issued photo IDs

    • Driver license
    • Personal identification card
    • Concealed handgun license
    • Election Identification Certificate
  • United States government issued photo IDs

    • Passport
    • Military identification card
    • Citizenship certificate or naturalization certificate with photograph
 
Only the above photo IDs can be accepted at the polls. Other photo IDs including student IDs, employer IDs and out-of-state driver licenses cannot be accepted. The photo ID needs to be current or have expired no more than 60 days before voting (citizenship and naturalization certificates have no expiration date).
 
The name on the photo ID should match the voter registration card. If names match, addresses don't need to match. If the names don't match exactly, the voter can be accepted if names are substantially similar; poll workers will look at address, date of birth, and the photo. If names are substantially similar, the voter will initial a box for similar name when signing in to vote. "If the name on your photo ID doesn't match your voter registration, you can change the name on your voter registration to match your photo ID," Wiant suggested. "You can do complete the form at the polling place so it will match for the Primary Election next spring."
 
Voters may apply for a mail ballot if 65 or older, ill or disabled, or absent from their county during early voting and on Election Day. Note: Photo ID will be required of first time voters if a driver license or Social Security number was not included with the voter registration application. For more details see the Voters Guide at lwvtexas.org.
 
The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Texas has been "educating and agitating" since1919. The League encourages active and informed civic participation in government and increased understanding of major public policy issues. The League of Women Voters' non-partisan Voters Guide is highly respected and sought after by voters in local and statewide elections in Texas. 
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