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What's On Your Ballot, 2013 Edition: Are You In The 5%?

by: Matt Stillwell

Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 03:30 PM CDT

Turnout for a Presidential election in Texas has been between 50%-54% for the last three cycles. Turnout in a Texas Gubernatorial year has been in the low 30s%. Both are ridiculously low voter turnout numbers, and Texas consistently ranks among the lowest in the country in voter participation.

In an odd-year election, when Constitutional Amendments are on the ballot, turnout is dramatically lower - about 5% of registered voters show up. In 2011, that meant less than 700,000 voters changed the constitution that serves over 25 million Texans with seven new amendments that did things like give more power to the governor to issue pardons, borrow more money for student loans, and allowed new cooperation between cities and counties.

In November, another Constitutional Amendment election is being held to ask Texans to approve nine proposed constitutional amendments, some of which would give additional authority to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, allows changes to municipal elections, and asks voters for the authority to fund a water plan.

Learn about them after the jump.

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What's On Your Ballot in 2014: Statewide Offices

by: Matt Stillwell

Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 01:12 PM CDT

Continuing a series on the different questions appearing on the November 2014 ballot, this is a look at the seven statewide offices that will be up for election next year. In future posts each office and their specific duties and how the races are shaping up will be examined more closely.

Learn more about the top of the 2014 ticket after the jump.

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What's On Your Ballot: Texas State Senator

by: Matt Stillwell

Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM CDT

(Thanks to Matt Stillwell for what promises to be an informative series about what our various elected officeholders actually do.   - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)

Welcome to the first of a series of educational posts about the functions of government. It is our intention that this series fill a need for voters to be educated about the various offices, initiatives, amendments or any of the other various items that may be found on their local ballots on election day.

In Texas, we have the Executive Branch, which is the Governor and other statewide office holders; the Judicial Branch, which is the Texas court system, and the Legislative Branch. The Legislative Branch includes the State House of Representatives and the State Senate, and the State Senate is where we start.

Get your learn on after the jump...

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