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What Are The 2011 Texas Constitutional Amendments On The Ballot?—I Don’t Know

There are 10 amendments to the Texas Constitution on the 2011 ballot.

These items are called propositions.

(Below–A 1631 painting by Judith Leyster called The Proposition.)

What are these propositions?

I have no idea.

There are resources you can use to figure out how to vote on these issues.

Here is a guide from the Texas Secretary of State. 

Houston area Democratic State Representative Scott Hochberg has some facts about  the amendments.

This pdf report from the House Research Organization of the Texas House of Reps. is useful.

The League of Women Voters of the Houston Area has information about these propositions. This is also a pdf file.

Progress Texas has a view on these amendments from a left of center perspective.  

Here are facts about how the Texas Constitution is amended from the Handbook of Texas Online. 

I promise the blog reading public that I will take some time the night before I vote to figure out what I think on these amendments.

Early voting in Texas for 2011 runs October 24-November 4.  General Election Day is November 8.

Here are my endorsements for the 2011 Houston city elections.

(Below–Some movie I’ve never heard of.) 

October 19, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,


  1. What are these propositions?

    I have no idea.

    There’s the OWS spirit.

    “What do we want?”
    “We don’t know yet but the General Assembly will have a brainstorming session at 7:30 with a vegan meal!”
    “When do we want it?”

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | October 19, 2011

  2. The Occupy Wall Street way as suggested by this blog post is that you identify a problem, admit that you don’t have all the answers, and then —on your own time—you provide a number of links so that people can find the answers. This is sharp contrast to the willful ignorance of so many on your side of the ideological divide. Please concern yourself with the right-wing Texas State Board of Education messing with how we teach history and with persons who deny the reality of climate change.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 19, 2011

  3. I just vote against them all. Seriously, how great could they be?

    Comment by Bacopa | October 19, 2011

  4. Every time we add something to the state constitution, something else must be taken out.
    I’d vote for a constitutional amendment stating that.

    Comment by citizenx | October 20, 2011

  5. regarding proposition #9:
    Unfortunately, there are numerous reporters once again pushing their useless two cents worth on the naive general public -and convincing them. Personally, I thought that once deferred adjudication had been completed, restitution had been made -and the consequence over, done, gone! Why continue to penalize individuals?
    I say vote YES to proposition #9 and give those who have paid their dues a second chance!

    Comment by Jeff | October 25, 2011

  6. Jeff, By your reasoning, everyone should have their criminal records expunged once they’ve served their time/paid their fines/etc. I think the prejudice against ex-convicts is a shame, but I think ex-convicts with sway in the governor’s office getting a better treatment than the rest is even more shameful.

    Comment by teaweed | November 8, 2011

  7. With regards to:”By your reasoning, everyone should have their criminal records expunged once they’ve served their time/paid their fines/etc.” I think everyone should have to opportunity to have their circumstance reviewed to see if a pardon is warranted. Not everyone will get pardoned, but that shouldn’t exclude the right to apply.
    In response to: “…but I think ex-convicts with sway in the governor’s office getting a better treatment than the rest is even more shameful.” I disagree. Should proposition #9 pass, everyone would have equal opportunity to apply for a pardon. As it is now, only those who have been convicted can be pardoned. Granted, pardons are rare, but as it stands now, it is lopsided, and “swayed”, if you will.

    Comment by Jeff | November 8, 2011

  8. Neil, you’re an idiot. Vote against them all? Glad to see you don’t even follow up on your own resources.At least two of these will help the state to conserve water for the future. Why bother to even pretend to engage in this. And just as an FYI it takes a large majority of Texas state legislators to even get these propositions on the ballot so they usually are sensible. Now, can you please stop voting so informed people can make decisions you’re too lazy and stupid to bother yourself with?

    btw, The Proposition is an excellent movie, something you’re also poorly informed on apparently.

    Comment by Literate Voter | November 8, 2011

  9. Literate Voter–What are you talking about? I never said vote against them all. I said I’d look into them. Which is just what I did before I voted. So beyond being a belligerent coward who hides behind anonymity, you’re not even literate—as you assert you are—in being able to correctly read who has said what here.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | November 8, 2011

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