Early voting has begun. Here are the times early voting locations are open:

Mon., Oct. 23–Sat. Oct. 28 polls are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 29 polls are open 1-6 p.m.
Mon. Oct. 30–Wed. Nov. 1 polls are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thurs. Nov. 2–Fri. Nov. 3, 2017 polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

On Election Day, Nov. 7, vote only in your precinct. Polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Dallas county early voting locations are listed here. As usual, to minimize voting in Oak Lawn, despite 75219 being the most densely populated zip code in Dallas County, the closest early voting location is Grauwyler Recreation Center on Harry Hines north of Mockingbird Lane or the Allen Courts building downtown.

In Dallas, there are three sections of proposals.

First are state propositions listed as 1-7.

Number 7 was authored by Texas state Rep. Eric Johnson who represents parts of Oak Lawn and the Design District.

STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 1 (HJR 21)

“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.”

STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 2 (SJR 60)

“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 of home equity loans, changing the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, and allowing home equity loans on agricultural homesteads.”

STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 3 (SJR 34)

“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.”

STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 4 (SJR 6)

“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.”

STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 5 (HJR 100)

“The constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles.”

STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 6 (SJR 1)

“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 first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.”

STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 7 (HJR 37)

“The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.”

Next are city bond proposals labeled A-J for streets, parks, Fair Park, flood and storm drainage, libraries, cultural and arts facilities, police and fire facilities, city facility improvements, economic development and homeless assistance facilities. More detail can be found here and here.

Finally is a proposal to disband Dallas County Schools, the government entity that provides school buses to districts throughout Dallas County. A yes vote keeps Dallas County Schools in place. A no vote dismantles Dallas County Schools. Buses and other assets would be sent to local school districts. Dismantling Dallas County Schools was a priority of Sen. Don Huffines in this year’s session of the Texas Legislature. Stonewall Democrats recommends a “Yes” vote.

Last are state constitutional amendments labeled Propositions 1-7.

David Taffet