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Today is deadline to register for voting in upcoming election

Today is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 7 state constitutional amendment election.

To register to vote, visit the elections administrator office -- located at 407 S. Pecan St., Suite 102 on Lampasas' downtown square -- before 5 p.m. today.

Ballot by mail applications and Federal Postcard Applications must be received in the elections administrator's office by the close of business Oct. 27. The Federal Postcard Application is an option for military voters and non-military voters who will be outside the United States on election day.

Those who have questions about ballots by mail or FPCA may visit the elections administrator office or call 512-556-8271, extension 206 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Ballots in the upcoming election will include seven proposed constitutional amendments. Following is a brief explanation of each proposal -- taken from a Texas Secretary of State public notice.

Proposition 1 is to permit the Texas Legislature to expand the circumstances under which a partially disabled veteran or the veteran's spouse may qualify for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the veteran's residence homestead.

Proposition 2 would require that certain conditions be met for the refinancing of a home equity loan to be secured by a voluntary lien on a homestead.

Proposition 3 is to prevent certain appointed officeholders from serving indefinitely beyond the expiration of their term.

Proposition 4 is to allow the Texas Legislature to require any court that is hearing a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute to notify the attorney general of that challenge.

The amendment also would allow the legislature to set a period during which the court must wait before rendering a judgment that a state statute is unconstitutional. The waiting period may be not more than 45 days following the notification to the attorney general.

Proposition 5 would provide a more detailed definition of “professional sports team” for purposes of their charitable foundations, which the Texas Legislature may permit to hold charitable raffles.

Proposition 6 would allow the Texas Legislature to provide that a surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty is entitled to an ad valorem tax exemption from all or part of the market value of the surviving spouse’s residence homestead, as long as the surviving spouse has not remarried since the first responder’s death.

Proposition 7 would allow the Texas Legislature to make an exception to the law regarding the award of certain prizes.

Currently, the Texas Constitution requires the Texas Legislature to pass laws prohibiting lotteries, raffles and other programs in which the award of gifts is based on luck or chance.

The proposed amendment would allow the legislature to authorize credit unions and other financial institutions to institute programs which, in order to encourage savings, would award prizes to customers based on luck or chance.

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Early voting will be weekdays from Oct. 23 to Nov. 3 at the elections administrator office. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., although there will be extended voting times from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 24 and Oct. 31.

As of Thursday, there were 13,456 registered voters in the county.

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