Your Vote Matters

Voting is a privilege and an honor the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce takes seriously. Your vote is your opportunity to play a role in the political process and ultimately the direction of our country. We encourage all residents to participate in their local, state and national elections, every step of the way. Use this page as a resource for upcoming election information.  

Important Dates

October 21, 2019 - November 1, 2019 - Early Voting

November 5, 2019 - Midterm Elections

 

When to Vote

Registered voters in Comal County can cast their ballots at any of six locations during the early voting period. Except where noted below, the schedule for early voting will be as follows:

  • Monday-Friday, Oct. 21-25, and Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 28-30: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 26, and Thursday-Friday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday, Oct. 27.
  • Tuesday, November 5: Election Day polling locations open from 7:00 a.m.m to 7:00 p.m.

 

Where to Vote

Early voting locations:

  • Comal County Elections Center, 396 N. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels
  • Comal County Goodwin Annex, 1297 Church Hill Drive, New Braunfels
  • Garden Ridge City Hall, 9400 Municipal Parkway, Garden Ridge, where polling will close at 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 21, 22 and 24
  • Comal County Bulverde Annex, 30470 Cougar Bend, Bulverde
  • Mammen Family Public Library, 131 Bulverde Crossing, Bulverde
  • St. Francis by the Lake Episcopal Church, 121 Spring Mountain Drive, Canyon Lake.

Comal County will be using Vote Centers for the November 5, 2019 General and Special Elections. Any Comal County registered voter may vote at any Comal County Election Day Location, regardless of the precinct in which he/she resides.

  • Comal County Senior Citizens Center, 655 Landa, New Braunfels
  • Christ Our King Anglican Church, 115 Kings Way, New Braunfels
  • Vintage Oaks Amenity Center, 1250 Via Principale, New Braunfels
  • Westside Community Center, 2932 S. IH 35, New Braunfels
  • Mammen Family Public Library, 131 Bulverde Crossing, Bulverde
  • Jay F. Feibelman Garden Ridge Community Center, 9500 Municipal Parkway, Garden Ridge
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch Fire & EMS @Johnson Ranch, 30475 Johnson Way, Bulverde
  • Comal County Courthouse, 100 Main Plaza, Room 101, New Braunfels
  • Comal County Offices, Goodwin Annex, 1297 Church Hill Dr., New Braunfels
  • Tye Preston Library, 16311 South Access Rd., Canyon Lake
  • North Shore United Methodist Church, 23880 N. Cranes Mill Rd., Canyon Lake
  • Christ Presbyterian Church, 1620 Common Street, New Braunfels
  • Rebecca Creek Baptist Church, 11755 Highway 281 N, Spring Branch

 

State Propositions

In the State of Texas, the Midterm Election ballot will include 10 State of Texas Propositions. It's important to know what you're voting on. Here is a break down of each proposition. 

Proposition Number 1 (HJR 72) - Allows Municipal Judges to hold multiple offices

HJR 72 proposes a constitutional amendment permitting an elected municipal judge to serve as a municipal judge in more than one municipality at the same time. Unlike an appointed municipal judge, an elected municipal judge may not concurrently hold another municipal judge office. This amendment would allow an elected municipal judge to serve as a municipal judge in more than one municipality at the same time, in the same manner as appointed municipal judges.

The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.”

Proposition Number 2 (SJR 79) - Allows the Water Development Board to sell bonds

SJR 79 proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing the Texas Water Development Board to issue additional general obligation bonds, in an amount that does not exceed $200 million, for the economically distressed areas program. These bonds can only be used to provide financing for the development of water supply and sewer service projects in those economically distressed areas as defined by law.

The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $200 million to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.”

Proposition Number 3 (HJR 34) - Temporary Property Tax Exemption in disaster areas

HJR 34 proposes a constitutional amendment allowing the legislature to temporarily exempt from ad valorem taxation a portion of certain property located in an area covered by a disaster declaration of the governor. The proposed amendment would allow the legislature to prescribe the method of determining the amount of the tax exemption and the duration of the exemption and also would allow the legislature to create any additional eligibility requirements for the tax exemption.

The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a temporary exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster.”

Proposition Number 4 (HJR 38) - Bans already prohibited State Income Tax

HJR 38 proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting the state from imposing or collecting an individual income tax, including an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income. There is no current constitutional bar on imposing or collecting an individual income tax.

The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income.”

Proposition Number 5 (SJR 24) - Allocates sales tax on sporting goods to state parks

SJR 24 proposes a constitutional amendment that would automatically appropriate the net revenue received from the portion of the state’s tax revenue received on sales of sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Texas Historical Commission (THC). The legislature would maintain the authority to determine the specific uses of the funds and their allocation between TPWD and THC.

The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment dedicating the revenue received from the existing state sales and use taxes that are imposed on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to protect Texas’ natural areas, water quality, and history by acquiring, managing, and improving state and local parks and historic sites while not increasing the rate of the state sales and use taxes.”

Proposition Number 6 (HJR 12) - Increases funds for cancer prevention and research

HJR 12 proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase the maximum bond amount for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) from $3 billion to $6 billion to be issued by the Texas Public Finance Authority. CPRIT was created in 2007 to promote and fund cancer research in Texas. CPRIT uses bond proceeds to award grants for cancer research and prevention.

The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.”

Proposition Number 7 (HJR 151) - Increases distribution to the available school fund

HJR 151 proposes a constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions from $300 million per year to $600 million per year to the available school fund and also allowing the State Board of Education, the General Land Office, and other entities that manage revenue from land or other properties held in the permanent school fund to distribute certain revenue to the available school fund.

The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.”

Proposition Number 8 (HJR 4) - Allocates money for state flood planning

HJR 4 proposes a constitutional amendment creating the flood infrastructure fund as a special fund in the state treasury, using money appropriated from the economic stabilization fund. The flood infrastructure fund would provide additional resources to implement plans to mitigate flood damage. The proposed amendment would authorize the Texas Water Development Board to use money in the flood infrastructure fund for drainage, flood mitigation, or flood control projects. The proposed amendment also would authorize the creation of separate accounts in the flood infrastructure fund as necessary to administer the fund or authorized projects.

The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.”

Proposition Number 9 (HJR 95) - Property tax exemption for precious metal depositories

HJR 95 proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to create a property tax exemption for precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.

The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.”

Proposition Number 10 (SJR 32) - Allows retired police dogs to live with handler

SJR 32 proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to allow a state agency or political subdivision to transfer a law enforcement animal to the animal’s handler or another qualified caretaker in certain circumstances. Currently, the Texas Constitution prevents the transfer of certain public property, such as law enforcement animals, to a private person or organization at no cost. This amendment authorizes the legislature to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to the animal’s handler or another qualified caretaker at no cost, upon the animal’s retirement or at another time if the transfer is determined to be in the animal’s best interest.

The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.”

Read the full text for each proposition >

 

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