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By Sonny Long
Nov. 4, 2013 at 5:04 a.m.


Victoria County Polling Locations

•  Hopkins Academy, 110 Hopkins Road

• Victoria County Courthouse, 115 N. Bridge St.

• Trinity Episcopal Church, 1501 N. Glass

•  Patti Welder Middle School, 1603 E. North St.

•  Crain Middle School, 2706 N. Azalea St.

• Family Worship Center, 501 Sam Houston Drive

O'Connor Magnet School, 3402 Bobolink St.

• Shields Magnet School, 3400 Bluebonnet St.

•  Chandler Elementary School, 5105 Guy Grant Road

Liberty Academy, 1110 Sam Houston Drive

• Precinct 4 Portable Building, 14721 J-2 Ranch Road

• Placedo Volunteer Fire Department, 284 N. Williams St., Placedo

• Bloomington Fire Station, 551 Second Street West, Bloomington

• Guadalupe School, 1952 Guadalupe Road

• McFaddin School Building, 1993 A FM 445, McFaddin

• Kemper City Community Center, 405 Kemper City Road South

• Howell Middle School, 2502 Fannin Drive

•  Aloe Elementary School, 62 Chaparral Drive (Highway 59 S)

Smith Elementary School, 2901 Erwin Ave.

•  Creager Residence, 6645 FM 1685

Vickers Elementary School, 708 Glascow St.

• Mission Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. 34 Reinecke Road

• Precinct No. 2 Service Center, 13323 Nursery Drive, Nursery

• Memory Gardens Chapel, 8919 US Highway 87 North

• Rowland Elementary School, 2706 Leary Lane

• Telferner Methodist Church, 81 Old Highway Road, Telferner

• Inez Volunteer Fire Department, 297 Railroad Street, Inez

• William Wood Elementary School, 183 Woodhi School Road

• DeLeon Elementary School, 1002 Santa Barbara St.

• Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 4102 N. Ben Jordan St.

• Tanglewood Clubhouse, 401 Rosewood Drive

• VISD Administration Building, 102 Profit Drive

• Holy Family Catholic Church, 704 Mallette Drive

• Dudley Global Technology Magnet School, 3307 Callis St.

• F.W. Gross Montessori Magnet School, 1208 S. Navarro St.

• Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St., Classroom A

Where to vote in the Crossroads

If you do not know where to vote, call the election official's office in your county

• Calhoun - 361-553-4440

• DeWitt - 361-275-0859

• Goliad - 361-645-3294

• Jackson - 361-782-3563

• Lavaca - 361-798-3594

• Refugio - 361-526-2151

What's on the ballot

Calhoun County

• Calhoun School District: Issue $65 million in bonds to build a new middle school, repair and renovate other campuses and improve Sandcrab stadium

• City of Port Lavaca: Continuing the ordinance that allows for sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages until 2 a.m.

• Port O'Connor Improvement District, Proposition 1: Issue $11 million in bonds for waterworks, sanitary sewer and drainage systems and levying taxes to pay back the bonds

•  Port O'Connor Improvement District, Proposition 2: Sales and use tax for the district not to exceed 1.5 percent.

DeWitt County

• Cuero School District : $76 million to build two elementary schools, a fine art centers and make improvements to other campuses

• Yoakum School District: Issue $50 million to build on to and renovate existing campuses

Lavaca County

• Hallettsville School District: Issue $10.5 million bonds to make improvements to campuses, add classrooms to the elementary school

• Ezzell School District: Issue $4.129 million in bonds to make improvements to the campus and purchase buses

Refugio County

• Woodsboro School District: $5 million in bonds to make improvements to the field house, auditorium, band hall and classroom upgrades at the elementary school,

• Creation of Refugio County Assistance District No. 1 and levy a sales and use tax of 2 percent

Statewide:

• Proposition 1

"The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action."

• Proposition 2

"The constitutional amendment eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational."

• Proposition 3

"The constitutional amendment to authorize a political subdivision of this state to extend the number of days that aircraft parts that are exempt from ad valorem taxation due to their location in this state for a temporary period may be located in this state for purposes of qualifying for the tax exemption."

• Proposition 4

"The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization."

• Proposition 5

"The constitutional amendment to authorize the making of a reverse mortgage loan for the purchase of homestead property and to amend lender disclosures and other requirements in connection with a reverse mortgage loan."

• Proposition 6

"The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources."

• Proposition 7

"The constitutional amendment authorizing a home-rule municipality to provide in its charter the procedure to fill a vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is 12 months or less."

• Proposition 8

"The constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County."

• Proposition 9

"The constitutional amendment relating to expanding the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct."

For the first time in Victoria County, voters will cast ballots at vote centers during Tuesday's constitutional amendment election.

"The turnout should be more than two years ago at the last constitutional election amendment election," said George Matthews, Victoria County election administrator.

Statewide, voters have nine propositions to vote on, and across the Victoria area, six school districts are having bond elections.

Other special elections include late-night drinking issue in Port Lavaca, sales tax and bond election for the Port O'Connor Improvement District and a sales tax for unincorporated areas of Refugio County.

In Victoria, Matthews estimates a total voter turnout of about 8 percent at the county's 36 voting centers, where any registered voter can vote no matter the precinct.

"If early voting equals Election Day, then another 1,800 to 2,000 will vote tomorrow and give us a 4,000 total," he said.

Matthews reminds voters to have their photo identification.

"Photo ID went smoothly for the early voting. Most voter are aware, but reminders are always helpful," he said.

It's also possible to vote without ID.

"They will have to vote with a provisional ballot and then bring their photo ID to the office to 'cure' the lack of photo ID at the polling place," Matthews said.

Photo identification must be current or expired no more than 60 days prior to Election Day.

Approved forms of photo identification are a Texas driver's license, Texas personal identification card, Texas election identification certificate, U.S. military ID or Department of Defense civilian access cards with a photograph, certificate of citizenship with a photograph, U.S. passport with a photograph of the voter or a Texas concealed handgun permit.

Voting centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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