The unalienable freedom to marry cannot be put to vote because it violates civil liberties based solely on sexual orientation. Proposition 8 in the state of California is a perfect example of a law that cannot be enacted no matter how many citizens vote for it because the intent of the law is unconstitutional. This is expressed in U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's decision in a legal challenge to the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages passed in 2008.

Early voting is open to people throughout Tarrant County and a statewide referendum on seven constitutional amendments is leading the ballot for the Nov. 3 election.
There are seven referendums on the ballot:

  • Proposition 1 would raise the Homestead Exemption limit and decrease the property tax for some Texas homeowners.
  • Proposition 2 would amend a state law allowing veterans’ surviving spouses to collect certain benefits.
  • Proposition 3 would maintain the requirement that the governor live in the governor’s mansion, but would allow other state officials to live outside of Austin city limits.
  • Proposition 4 would allow the state’s professional sports teams to hold more than two 50-50 charity events per season.
  • Proposition 5 would allow counties with fewer than 7,500 residents to construct and maintain private roads. This would increase the population bar from 5,000.
  • Proposition 6 would prohibit future restrictions on hunting and fishing in Texas.
  • Proposition 7 would allocate more money from sales tax and vehicle registration tax toward Texas roadway maintenance.

Voters can submit their ballots early by mail if they are sick or disabled, are older than 65 on election day, are scheduled to be away from the county on election day or are in jail and not yet eligible to vote.
If you are eligible for early voting by mail, you can fill out the application through the Secretary of State’s office or website. Applications are due by mail by Oct. 23.
Early voting takes place during multiple time frames:

  • Oct. 19-23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Oct. 24  from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Oct. 26-28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Oct. 29-30 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There are more than 40 locations in the surrounding area for Tarrant County residents to vote early in person.

The statewide elections take place on Nov. 3.
If you have questions or need assistance with early voting, you can call 817-831-6161 or email [email protected].

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