2021 Texas Statewide Ballot Guide
Early Voting – Monday, Oct. 18 to Friday, Oct. 29
Election Day – November 2
If you live in Austin, read our endorsement AGAINST Prop A.
Here’s our 2021 Texas voter guide to help you navigate the issues and elections on the ballot this year.
State Prop 1: Yes
Authorizes raffles at rodeos, currently prohibited by Texas anti-gambling laws. Why not.
State Prop 2: Yes
Allows counties to issue bonds to improve blighted areas. Cities and towns can do this already. Counties need the same authority.
State Prop 3: No
If passed, would prohibit restrictions on religious gatherings even during a deadly pandemic or other emergency. This is an incredibly dangerous proposal - blanket exemption from rules intended to protect the lives and health of citizens is not a First Amendment guarantee.
State Prop 4: No
Would make it harder for younger, more diverse candidates to become judges in Texas by strengthening requirements. This is a Republican reaction to more Democratic or progressive lawyers beating GOP candidates in recent years in urban counties.
State Prop 5: No
Gives the State Commission on Judicial Conduct authority over judicial candidates. In theory, this could be useful reform, but in practice, it would give those in power more control over judicial elections, which they are already attempting to game (see Prop 4).
State Prop 6: Yes
The proposal, born of COVID-related concerns, would allow residents of nursing or assisted living facilities to designate an essential caregiver who could not be denied in-person access under any circumstances. It’s a compassionate measure after a year when many elderly people were forced to live in isolation.
State Prop 7: Yes
The proposition extends homestead tax exemptions to the surviving spouses of disabled individuals who have died, so long as the surviving spouse is 55 or older. Death is hard enough and the current law seems punitive - this is a good change.
State Prop 8: Yes
Currently, the exemption is offered to spouses of military members who die in combat - this proposal extends the benefit to families who have lost a loved one in non-combat situations (such as training exercises).