It feels like the 2016 has been going on forever, but the time to cast your ballot has finally arrived. Early voting began Tuesday, and will continue through February 26th. Election day is March 1.
In addition to selecting which candidates will appear on the November general election ballot, the primary is also time for members of each party help shape this year’s party platform.
Both the Democrats and Republicans will have several issue proposals (Democrats call them ballot referenda, Republicans call them propositions) at the bottom of their primary ballots asking voters to weigh in on which issues should guide the 2016 party platform. People vote on whether they are for or against each of the non-binding issue proposals, lending their voices to shape the party’s values for this election year.
Issue proposals are an important look at each party’s priorities. These are the issues that will guide each party platform, and they provide insight into what voters think are important.
This year’s Republican ballot contains four propositions. They hit on all the main issues that have been Republican talking points for the past year, including reducing taxes, opposition to sanctuary cities, and a reiteration of Greg Abbott’s earlier statements on states’ rights.
The text of each ballot proposition is below:
- Proposition 1:
Texas should replace the property tax system with an alternative other than an income tax and require voter approval to increase the overall tax burden.
- Proposition 2:
Texas cities and counties should be required to comply with federal immigration laws or be penalized by loss of state funds.
- Proposition 3:
Texas should prohibit governmental entities from collecting dues for labor unions through deductions from public employee paychecks.
- Proposition 4:
Texas and its citizens should strongly assert 10th Amendment Rights guaranteed by the US Constitution which states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”.
You can see how the propositions will look on a sample Travis County ballot here.
For more information on early voting, including where to find your polling place and what ID you will need, check out our guide here.