Get out to the polls



The November 2021 Special Election is underway with Early Voting happening now through Friday, Oct. 29, and while this isn’t as big of an election year as the 2020 Election, it is still just as important.

As usual, the Pleasanton Express has published a Voter’s Information Guide with information about this year’s candidates for Jourdanton and Christine City Council and Jourdanton ISD District 5 trustee. Earlier this year, we began a new version of the Voter’s Information Guide by asking candidates a series of questions specific to their race. This new and improved Voter’s Information Guide gives voters the chance to evaluate each candidate more closely than ever before. In addition, I also encourage you to evaluate each candidate in their everyday lives. I do not mean to stalk or harass them, but to simply do your homework as a voter. If they are incumbents, look back at what they have done so far while in office. What are these candidates like as a person outside of office or the limelight?

Also on the November ballot this year are eight Constitutional Amendments for Texans to vote FOR or AGAINST. While most voters see this as an “off” election year, your vote still counts, and we need you at the polls, Atascosa County. The Constitutional Amendments are: • Proposition 1 (HJR 143): “The constitutional amendment authorizing the professional sports team charitable foundations of organizations sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association to conduct charitable raffles at rodeo venues.

• Proposition 2 (HJR 99): “The constitutional amendment authorizing a county to finance the development or redevelopment of transportation or infrastructure in unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted areas in the county.

• Proposition 3 (SJR 27): “The constitutional amendment to prohibit this state or a political subdivision of this state from prohibiting or limiting religious services of religious organizations.”

• Proposition 4 (SJR 47): “The constitutional amendment changing the eligibility requirements for a justice of the supreme court, a judge of the court of criminal appeals, a justice of a court of appeals, and a district judge.”

• Proposition 5 (HJR 165): “The constitutional amendment providing additional powers to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct with respect to candidates for judicial office.”

• Proposition 6 (SJR 19): “The constitutional amendment establishing a right for residents of certain facilities to designate an essential caregiver for in-person visitation.”

• Proposition 7 (HJR 125): “The constitutional amendment to allow the surviving spouse of a person who is disabled to receive a limitation on the school district ad valorem taxes on the spouse’s residence homestead if the spouse is 55 years of age or older at the time of the person’s death.”

• Proposition 8 (SJR 35): “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 or fatally injured in the line of duty.”

Please see this week’s front-page story on the November Special Election for more information on Early Voting and Election Day polling locations. Also see 7A for the Voter’s Information Guide.

REBECCA PESQUEDA is the News Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at

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