Month remains to register for amendment election



Scurry County residents have a little more than a month to register to vote in this year’s state constitutional amendment election.
The deadline to register for the Nov. 5 election is Oct. 7, Scurry County Clerk Melody Appleton said. To register, visit Appleton’s office on the third floor of the Scurry County Courthouse. 
No identification is needed to register, she said.
Early voting for the election will be held Oct. 21-Nov. 1 at the courthouse, while election day voting will be held at the following polling places:
• Precincts 11-13 — south side of The Coliseum.
• Precincts 14-15 — north side of The Coliseum.
• Precincts 5-7 — Scurry County Library.
• Precincts 8-10 — Towle Park barn.
Voters will be asked to present valid state- or federal-issued identification before they vote. 
People without identification may cast a provisional ballot if they fill out an affidavit stating they do not have the necessary identification, Appleton said.
“Saying ‘I left my (ID) at home’ is not a valid excuse,” she said. “You will be told to go home and get it before you can vote.”
Proposed state constitutional amendments on this year’s ballot include:
• The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation and flood control projects.
• The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
• The constitutional amendment dedicating the revenue received from the existing state sales and use taxes that are imposed on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to protect Texas’ natural areas, water quality and history by acquiring, managing and improving state and local parks and historic sites while not increasing the rate of the state sales and use taxes.
• The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.
• The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a temporary exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster.
• The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income.
• The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.
• The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $200 million to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.
• The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.
• The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.