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Vote On Nov. 5 For Council Seats, Amendments

Deadline To Register To Vote Is October 7

W.R. AND FREDRICA MCSWANE received the Friends of 4-H Award at the 4-H Awards Banquet held on Saturday evening, September 14th at the Fairfield Civic Center. The Friends of 4-H Award is given to someone who has taken their time and energy to do anything needed for the good of 4-H in Freestone County. Other adults presented with awards at the banquet were Jeremy Shipley and Michael Adcock for Outstanding 4-H Adult Leaders. Children in each 4-H Club were awarded certificates for their participation in the different 4-H programs.

Eligible citizens of Teague who are not registered to vote must register by October 7, 2013 to vote in the November 5, 2013 special city council election, being held in conjunction with nine proposed Texas constitutional amendments to be decided by voting statewide.

The two unexpired terms to be filled on the Teague City Council are Place 1 and Place 3. Marie Hertenberger is uncontested for the Place 3 seat and seeking election to Place 1 are Greg Johnson and Rick Harris. The two position on the November 5th ballot are unexpired terms and will come up for re-election in May of 2014. The two vacancies became open following the resignations of David Huffman and Garlan Steed.

The early voting period for the November 5th election is October 21 ? November 1.

Beginning with the November 5th election, voters will be required to show photo identification before they can vote.

In 2011, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 14 (SB 14) creating a new requirement for voters to show photo identification when voting in person. While pending review within the judicial system, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Shelby County v. Holder, which effectively ended all pending litigation. As a result, voters are now required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas Elections.

The following is a list of the acceptable forms of photo ID:

Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)

Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS

Texas personal identification card issued by DPS

Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS

United States military identification card containing the person?s photograph

United States citizenship certificate containing the person?s photograph

United States passport

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place

The nine constitutional amendments to be decided by voters will appear on the November 5th ballot as follows:

Proposition 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 member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action.?

Proposition 2 - ?The constitutional amendment eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational.?

Proposition 3 - ?The constitutional amendment to authorize a political subdivision of this state to extend the number of days that aircraft parts that are exempt from ad valorem taxation due to their location in this state for a temporary period may be located in this state for purposes of qualifying for the tax exemption.?

Proposition 4 - ?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.?

Proposition 5 - ?The constitutional amendment to authorize the making of a reverse mortgage loan for the purchase of homestead property and to amend lender disclosures and other requirements in connection with a reverse mortgage loan.?

Proposition 6 - ?The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources.?

Proposition 7 - ?The constitutional amendment authorizing a home-rule municipality to provide in its charter the procedure to fill a vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is 12 months or less.?

Proposition 8 - ?The constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.?

Proposition 9 - ?The constitutional amendment relating to expanding the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.?

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