Monday April 25 will be the first day of early voting for the upcoming May 7 uniform elections and also the last day to register to vote in the May 24 run-off primaries.

The May 7 uniform election is mostly made up of local city council and school board races, though there are two important amendments to the state constitution to consider on the ballot that would cut property taxes that fund the public schools.

Should voters pass both proposals 1 and 2no school district will lose funding as any lost revenue will be replaced by the state.

STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSAL 1

If passed, Proposition 1 would amend the state constitution to authorize the state legislature to reduce the property tax cap for school maintenance and operation taxes imposed on homesteads of residents with disabilities. or over the age of 65.

The amount paid to public schools is usually the largest obligation on a property tax bill. The state would make up the difference and, according to the Legislative Budget Councilthe reduction in these property taxes is estimated at $744 million from 2024 to 2026.

Annual savings for the estimated 2 million exemption holders would be $109 in 2024 and $124 in 2025, although actual savings will vary based on actual property value.

STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSAL 2

Passed, Proposal 2 would increase the homestead exemption from $25,000 to $40,000 for school district property taxes. According to calculations published by the Statethe change is expected to save 5.67 million owners about $175 per year.

“If passed, these two proposals will reduce property tax bills for independent school districts by increasing homeowner exemptions, which will save money for the state’s 5.67 million properties. Texas,” Senator Bettencourt said. “All homeowners with properties will save money on their property tax bills. Over 65 homeowners will see their freeze values ​​go down and thousands in lifetime savings on both bills.”

REMEMBER THE CHANGES TO TEXAS VOTE BY MAIL

This is the second election since new election laws were passed in Texas. In the March 1 primary, there was some confusion among those who voted by mail and many ballots were rejected when new fields intended to ensure voter integrity were left blank or incorrectly filled in. , resulting in the rejection of ballots.

If you plan to vote by mail, your application must be received no later than Tuesday, April 26.

EARLY VOTING HOURS IN TEXAS

For larger counties, early polling locations are open for nine hours the first week, 12 a.m. on Saturdays and six a.m. on Sundays. Then, during the second week of early voting, polling stations are open 12 hours a day. For the May 7 election, early voting is only open for two days (Monday and Tuesday) of the second week. Precise timetables are set by the departments.

During early voting, voters can vote at any polling place in their county.

IMPORTANT DATES OF THE PRIMARY ELECTIONS

  • April 25 – Last day to register to vote in the second round of primaries.
  • April 25 — Early voting begins for the May 7 uniform election.
  • April 26 — Last day to request a mail-in ballot for the May 7 election.
  • May 3 — End of early voting for the May 7 uniform election.
  • May 7 — Uniform Election
  • May 9 – Mail-in ballots must be received by 5 p.m. if the envelope is postmarked by 7 p.m. at the election location on Election Day.
  • May 13 – The last day to request a mail-in ballot for the second round (request received, not postmarked).
  • May 16 – Early voting begins for the second primary round.
  • May 20 – Early voting ends for the second primary round.
  • May 24 — Primary runoff. Mail-in ballots that are not postmarked must be received by 7:00 p.m.
  • May 25 – Mail-in ballots must be received by 5 p.m. if the envelope is postmarked by 7 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day.
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