Just one week until Early Voting in Person begins for the November 8, 2011 Constitutional Amendment Election. Early voting in person will be held weekdays beginning Monday, October 24th and end on Friday, November 4th. The Elections Office at 111 N. Glass will be open weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm for early voters.

There are ten propositions on the ballot for this election. Today I'll quickly cover two of those

Proposition No. 7

"The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit conservation and reclamation districts in El Paso County to issue bonds supported by ad valorem taxes to fund the development and maintenance of parks and recreational facilities."

The State has a responsibility for conservation and development of natural resources. The Legislature has the authority to create conservation and reclamation districts to allocate these resources. Currently there are more than ten counties authorized to create and operate conservation and reclamation districts. This proposition would add El Paso county to the list.

Proposition 8

"The constitutional amendment providing for the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of open-space land devoted to water-stewardship purposes on the basis of its productive capacity."

All real and tangible personal property must be taxed in proportion to its value unless it is exempted as authorized by the Constitution. Currently open-space land devoted to farm, ranch, or wildlife management is taxed based on its productive capacity. Open-space land devoted to timber production is taxed based on its productivity.

Proposition 8 would amend the Texas Constitution to provide for taxation of open-space land devoted to water stewardship purposed based on its productive capacity.

We are accepting application to vote by mail and will continue to receive those through Tuesday, November 1st. Individuals who qualify for a ballot by mail must meet one or more of the following criteria.

65 years of age or older by Election Day
having a disability which prevents them from entering a polling location
be confined in jail but not convicted of a felony (ballot mailed to jail)
be absent from the county during early voting in person or on Election Day
         (ballot mailed to an address outside the county)

Contact the Elections Office at 576-0124 or by e-mail at elections@vctx.org for more information