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Texas Matters
1:34 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Spotlight On Texas Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Run Up To March Primaries

The two Texas couples challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage (from left to right): Cleo DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman, and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: More from the hearing in San Antonio Wednesday in the case challenging the Texas ban on same-sex marriage. Arguments have been made and a federal judge is now formulating a decision. If the judge strikes down the ban, the case will be immediately appealed to the conservative U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. A comprehensive look at all the issues leading into the March primary election. Also on this show: How the border region is reacting to political ads.

Same-sex marriage debate hits Texas

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Texas Voter ID
12:47 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Voter ID Trial Remains On Track Despite Federal Attempt To Postpone

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, is a plaintiff in the voter ID lawsuit.
Trey Martinez Fischer

Plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Texas voter ID law applauded a Corpus Christi federal judge’s vigilance to retain a September trial date -- the U.S. Department of Justice is now hoping to postpone the case because of logistics issues.

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2014 Election
9:24 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Voter ID Reminder For 2014 Primary Election

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Voter ID certificates are now available at Texas DPS offices and county elections offices are working to get voters properly registered for next month’s early voting in the primary elections.

The Electronic Identification Certificate is the required document for all voters who do not already have a state or U.S. photo ID. According to the voter ID law that went into effect in November, every voter must show an acceptable form of ID to be allowed to cast their ballot.

Accepted photo IDs include:

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Elections
3:20 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

"Lost Voters" Cost Bexar County $335,000 In Postage Alone

Suspense voters are those who may have moved and don't, or can't, respond to the elections office to communicate their departure from the old address.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The November constitutional amendment election is over and in Bexar County just over six percent of registered voters went to the polls.

That means a lot of voters did not show up, which isn't always because they don't care.

Every election cycle elections office workers begin their hunt to find out what happened to voters who vanish. Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said the technical term for this lost constituency that doesn't show up to vote is called the "suspense voters."

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Texas Politics
12:54 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Texas Voters Approve All 9 State Constitutional Amendments

Proposition 6 creating a bank for state water infrastructure projects, attracted the most attention among constitutional amendments.

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 8:37 am

Texas voters approved all nine state constitutional amendments on the November ballot.

The issue that received the most attention was Proposition 6. It creates a new water fund with two billion dollars from the state’s Rainy Day fund.

Propositions 1 and 4 cut property taxes for disabled veterans or their surviving spouse.

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Election Day
3:37 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Sec. Of State’s Office Reassures That All Ballots Will Count Despite Voter ID Snags

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas Secretary of State John Steen's office is guaranteeing that every ballot will count in this election, even if a voter is registered under a different name.

This is the Texas' first statewide election where photo ID is required to cast a ballot, which has led to some reported problems at polling places across the state.

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Texas Water
10:22 am
Tue November 5, 2013

League Of Women Voters Joins Support For Prop. 6 Water Fund

Gov. Rick Perry and a bipartisan group of state lawmakers are pushing for passage of Prop. 6, which would create a water fund to pay for water projects. Opponents say the money would be just another slush fund for Perry's cronies.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The League of Women Voters in Texas is urging a "yes" vote on Prop. 6, the constitutional amendment that will take $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund to create a sort of bank account to fund water projects.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan group that works to get people to become active in their government and to get out the vote. It does not support one candidate or party over others, but does take positions on issues.

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2013 Amendment Election
8:35 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Election Day: What's On The 2013 Ballot And Where To Vote In Bexar County

Early voting for the Constitutional Amendment Election begins today.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Update (11/5): Today is Election Day and voting locations are different from early voting so make sure and pay close attention to your voting precinct. Polls close at 7 p.m.

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Texas Politics
2:54 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Texans Could Vote to Help Cut Veterans' Property Taxes

Voters could give property tax breaks to soldiers and their families on November 5th.
Photo by KUT News

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 10:43 am

When Texans go to the polls beginning Monday, they’ll have the chance to vote on nine constitutional propositions. Two of them would cut property taxes for disabled veterans or their surviving spouse. 

Both propositions have their origins in an oversight and look to tweak current laws to give returning Texas veterans and their families property tax breaks.

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Texas Water
5:13 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Perry Asks Voters To Approve Prop. 6 For Water Project Funding

Using the dwindling Lake Travis as a backdrop, Gov. Perry asked Texans to vote "yes" on Prop 6.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Gov. Rick Perry inspected the water levels at Lake Travis and then urged voters to approve proposition 6, the water project funding program that would pay for the next 50 years of water projects in the state that is up for a vote on this November's ballot.

Prop. 6 would take $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund and place it in a separate fund which would then be loaned out to organizations around the state to fund water projects. Those organizations would then pay back the loan with interest to keep the fund going.

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