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Voters urged to read November ballot propositions before election

Posted at 9:00 PM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-12 22:00:53-04

KILLEEN, TX — Texas voters will soon weigh in on 10 propositions in the November election. But how many people have taken a look at the ballot to form their opinion?

“I look at the ballot questions ahead of time, and believe it or not, I check the ballots at the poll,” said Horance Grace, a Killeen voter.

The most hotly contested question on the ballot is Proposition 4.

“Texas is one of seven states without individual income tax. What this proposition does is just make it harder to institute an individual income tax for the future,” said Dr. John Koehler, a political science expert from A&M Central Texas.

It is the slimmest margin of any proposal in the past 25 years.

“This had significant democratic opposition and barely made it through the process to be recommended to the people,” said Koehler.

Voters are urged to carefully read all questions before election day to develop a stance.

The wording can be confusing for voters, making it that much more important to read the ballot ahead of time.

“Constitutional amendments are well-known to use confusing jargon, confusing wording. Voters would be better served if they were more reader-friendly,” said Koehler.

The election is November 5.