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Monday is deadline to register to vote in Nov. 2 Texas, local elections

Eight Texas constitutional amendments, several local city council races, and city and school district bond issues are on the ballot in North Texas.

Updated at 8:40 a.m. with today is deadline to register.

Today is the last day to register to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 2 election on eight Texas constitutional amendments, several local city council races, and city and school district bond issues.

Early voting will run from Oct. 18 to Oct. 29.

Here’s what you need to know.

Qualifications

To be eligible to vote in Texas you must:

  • Be 18 years of age by Election Day.
  • Register in the county where you reside.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Not be finally convicted of a felony, or if you are, you must have completed the terms of your jail sentence, probation or parole period.
  • Not have been declared by a court to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

How to register

Texas does not allow online registration. All registration applications must be mailed in or delivered in person. Here are ways to register:

1. Download and print a registration form from your county voter registrar. In Dallas County, that is the Dallas County Elections Administrator’s Office, and it provides a printable application on its website. You can fill out the application and drop it off at or mail it to the elections office at 1520 Round Table Drive, Dallas, Texas 75247. If mailed, the application must be postmarked by today to be accepted for the November elections. Voting elections officials recommend that if you drop off the registration request at the post office today, have a clerk stamp it with the postmark as you watch. No postage is required.

2. Visit your local voter registrar or county election administrator’s office and pick up a paper voter registration application. You can fill it out and drop it off at or mail it to the voter registrar’s office. Registration applications are also available at libraries, high schools and some post offices.

Am I already registered to vote?

You can check your voter registration status at the secretary of state’s website, www.votetexas.gov. Dallas County residents can also check at the county elections administrator’s office website, www.dallascountyvotes.org.

If you have moved within the same county since the last election, you should contact your voter registrar to update your address. You can also do this online at the secretary of state’s website.

If you moved to a new county, you must register with your new county to be eligible to vote in November.

What’s on the ballot

Texas voters are deciding whether to approve these eight amendments to the state constitution:

Proposition 1 would allow the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association to hold charity raffles at rodeo events, much like Texas’ professional sports teams do at their home games.

Proposition 2 would authorize counties to issue bonds to fund transportation and infrastructure projects in blighted areas. Cities can currently issue these bonds but not counties.

Proposition 3 would prohibit any governmental entity from enacting any rule limiting or prohibiting religious services. Some places of worship were limited during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this proposed amendment would prohibit that.

Proposition 4 would require judicial candidates to be Texas residents with a license to practice law in Texas, to be practicing lawyer or judge for at least eight years before election and have not had their law license revoked or suspended during that time.

Proposition 5 would allow the State Commission on Judicial Conduct to take complaints, conduct investigations and take other action against a candidate running for state judicial offices. The commission currently only handles officeholders, not candidates.

Proposition 6 would allow residents in nursing and assisted-living facilities or state-supported living centers to designate an essential caregiver who could not be denied in-person visitation. This is another amendment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Proposition 7 would allow a surviving spouse who is receiving homestead exemptions on school district property taxes due to disability dies to continue to take advantage of the exemption as long as the surviving spouse is 55 or older.

Proposition 8 would extend tax exemptions to a surviving spouse of a member of the military who die because of any injuries sustained during their service whether it is related to combat or not.

Read the ballot language or more details on the proposals here.

Among local elections, in Dallas County, Mesquite voters will be electing a mayor and city council members. District 6 councilman Dan Aleman and Ron Ward are running for mayor of Mesquite after Mayor Bruce Archer announced in June he would not seek reelection.

In Richardson, a $190 million bond package for streets, public buildings, sidewalks, drainage and parks is up for approval.

In Collin County, Allen ISD voters will decide on two bond propositions totaling $23.6 million for updates to several facilities, turf and track improvements at Allen ISD athletic facilities and the addition of turf and track at Ford Middle School.

In Denton County, Lewisville voters will decide whether to issue $95 million in bonds for public safety facilities.

In Tarrant County, there is a countywide election for $400 million in bonds for streets and roads and $116 million to build and equip new offices for the district attorney’s office.

Mede Nix, Politics Editor . Mede Nix has been an editor overseeing key coverage areas for The Dallas Morning News for the past 21 years. She’s is currently political editor, directing DMN reporters in Dallas, Austin and Washington. She also currently serves as president of the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors.

mnix@dallasnews.com medenix
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