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Newsletter: Polls Open Monday

In less than 24 hours, the polls will open and you can begin voting early on seven proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. The Legislature approved the amendments when we met earlier this year.

Early voting lasts from Monday, October 19 until Friday, October 30. You can find early-voting locations and hours in Bexar County at this link. Of course, if you don't have the chance to vote early, you can also vote on Election Day, which is November 3rd.

Among the amendments on the ballot this year:

Proposition 7 would dedicate billions of dollars in sales-tax revenue to transportation. Instead of raising taxes or fees, this proposal designates existing dollars for road construction and maintenance. And as I have discussed in previous emails, the passage of Proposition 7 will allow for the expansion of Highway 281 in San Antonio without tolls. For more information about how Proposition 7 will affect congestion in San Antonio, I hope you'll watch this video.

Proposition 1 would increase the homestead exemption by $10,000. The Legislature put this amendment on the ballot to provide some relief from increases in local property taxes. It is part of the $4 billion tax-relief package that the House and Senate worked with Governor Abbott to pass this year.

Proposition 2 would ensure that the surviving spouse of a completely disabled veteran receives the property-tax benefits that the state owed to that veteran. This amendment is a small but meaningful way to show our gratitude to the families of those who have bravely served our country in uniform. 

Proposition 6 would establish a Constitutional right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife, protecting these Texas traditions for future generations.

I hope you will take advantage of this chance to weigh in on some important challenges and priorities facing our community and our state. And if you have any questions about this year's ballot or need help with the voting process, please do not hesitate to contact me at joe@joestraus.org.