2017 and 2018 Election Dates


November 7, 2017 Bond and Constitutional Amendment Election

Last day to register to vote:  Tuesday, October 10

Early voting:   Monday, October 23 Note: The Randalls at Wm Cannon and MoPac will only have early voting on Nov 2 & 3 from 8 am to 6 pm. The Randalls in Westlake, at Brodie and Slaughter and at 2025 Ben White will have early voting. Election day voting at Randalls at Brodie and Slaughter, Clayton, Mills, Small, Covington and Bowie schools (NOT KIKER!) and Hampton Library.

Last day to apply for ballot by mail (received, not postmarked):  Friday, October 27

Last day of early voting:  Friday, November 3

Bond Elections

The Austin Independent School District’s bond for $1,050,984,000 would provide modernization or construction of 16 campus facilities, some of which will be replacement schools. Campuses also may be updated with capital improvement projects. Some key projects included in the bond proposition are:

  • Districtwide improvements to technology for teachers and students and transportation,
  • Improvements to address overcrowding and critical needs, and
  • Reinvention programs for 21st century learning.

AISD trustees say the bond will not cause an increase in property taxes. The Travis County Democratic Party and the Circle C Area Democrats have endorsed this bond. Austin schools are in desperate need of repair!!

More information here: https://www.austinisd.org/bond

The Circle C Area Democrats Club has endorsed the AISD Bond!


The Travis County bond election includes two ballot initiatives: a $93.4M bond for transportation and a $91.5M bond for parks and open spaces, for a total of $185 million.

The transportation and road safety bond package includes projects predominantly in the eastern half of the county. The largest include Harold Green/Texas 130 to Austin’s Colony Boulevard ($10.7M); South Pleasant Valley Road from FM 1327 to Bradshaw Road, 1,000-feet south of River Plantation Drive ($8.6M); and Thaxton Road from McKinney Falls Parkway to Sassman Road ($6.1M).

The parks and open spaces bond package enhances existing and adds new park facilities and increases Travis County’s overall acreage in conservation. The package includes Bee Creek Sports Complex ($21.2M); Onion Creek Greenway Improvements ($9.5M); Northeast Metro Park Soccer Fields Improvements ($7.5M) and conservation easements throughout the county ($15M).

More information here: https://www.traviscountytx.gov/cbac


Constitutional Amendments

“What it means” by Texas Tribune


House Joint Resolution 21

What will be on the ballot: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the Legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization for less than the market value of the residence homestead and harmonizing certain related provisions of the Texas Constitution.”

What it means: It would authorize property tax exemptions for certain partially disabled veterans or their surviving spouses — those whose homes were donated to them by charity for less than market value.


House Joint Resolution 37

What will be on the ballot: “The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.”

What it means: It would allow banks and other financial institutions to conduct promotional activities — such as raffles — to encourage savings. This is a good idea!


House Joint Resolution 100

What will be on the ballot: “The constitutional amendment on professional sports teams' charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles.”

What it means: It would expand the definition of a “professional sports team,” giving more team-connected foundations the ability to hold charitable raffles. Again, a good idea!


Senate Joint Resolution 1

What will be on the ballot: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the Legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.”

What it means: This would give property tax exemptions to surviving spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty. Another good idea!


Senate Joint Resolution 6

What will be on the ballot: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the Legislature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the Legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional.”

What it means: This would require courts to notify the state attorney general of any constitutional challenges to state laws. Some are concerned that this would slow down the court process and lead to confusion.


Senate Joint Resolution 34

What will be on the ballot: “The constitutional amendment limiting the service of certain officeholders appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate after the expiration of the person’s term of office.”

What it means: Unsalaried appointees whose terms have ended but who have not been replaced would serve only until the next legislative session has ended.


Senate Joint Resolution 60

What will be on the ballot: “The constitutional amendment to establish a lower amount for expenses that can be charged to a borrower and removing certain financing expense limitations for a home equity loan, establishing certain authorized lenders to make a home equity loan, changing certain options for the refinancing for home equity loans, changing the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, and allowing home equity loans on agricultural homesteads.”

What it means: This would ease restrictions on borrowing against home equity in Texas and it is not recommended according to many Democratic organizations.


March 6, 2018 Primary Election

First day to file for a place on the Primary                     Tuesday, Sept 12, 2017
ballot for precinct chair candidates

First day to file for all other candidates for                    Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017
offices that are regularly scheduled to be
on the Primary ballot

Filing deadline for candidates; filing deadline                Monday, Dec 11, 2017 at 6 PM
for independent candidates to file declaration
of intent

First day to apply for a ballot by mail using                   Friday, Jan 1, 2018
Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or
Federal Postcard Application (FPCA)

Last Day to Register to Vote                                          Monday, Feb 5, 2018

First Day of Early Voting                                               Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018

Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
(Received, not Postmarked)                                          Friday, Feb 23, 2018

Last Day of Early Voting                                                Friday, Mar 2, 2018

Primary Election Day                                                    Tuesday, Mar 6, 2018

Last Day to Receive Ballot by Mail                                 Tuesday, Mar 6 at 7 PM
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