Constitutional amendments include funding for cancer research

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Jim Wells County Correspondent

Early voting began for the constitution amendment election Monday and will continue through Nov. 2 for Jim Wells County registered voters.

On the ballot is a proposal by the Texas Legislature for $9.75 billion in general obligation bonds, which includes $3 billion for cancer research and $250 million to assist with water and wastewater services along the border region.

The voters of Jim Wells County will also be asked to consider approving $5 billion in bonds to the Texas Transportation Commission for use in highway and construction projects.

Also in the mix are increases in property tax exemptions for the state's disabled veterans and an opportunity for communities such as Premont and Orange Grove to benefit from tax incentives on downtown property development.

There are three voting locations during early elections, Orange Grove City Hall, Premont City Hall and the Elections Administrator's office in the Jim Wells County Courthouse.

Oct. 30 will be the last day to apply for mail-in ballots. Mail-in ballots will be accepted up until the day of the election, when the last mail delivery is passed out at the Post Office.

Election officials will check the Post Office before the elections close that afternoon.

Voters need to bring a form of identification with them to the polling location.

Elections Administrator Pearlie Jo Valadez said the perfect ID is the actual voter registration card, but voters should bring at least a valid driver's license or picture ID.

The early voting hours in Orange Grove and Premont will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m.

Polls will be open at the JWC Courthouse from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. Valadez said she hopes voters will take advantage of their lunch hour to vote during early elections.

There will be security on hand through the lunch hour at the courthouse for the election.

Valadez said voting is especially important on these constitutional amendments. These constitutional amendments have the opportunity to change the lives of citizens here in Jim Wells County, Valadez said.

On Wednesday, the voting location at the JWC Courthouse will close at 3 p.m. for the Jim Wells County Fair Parade, which will run outside the courthouse. Voting locations will remain open until 4 p.m. at the Premont and Orange Grove election locations.