Today is Election Day, the final chance for residents of Gregg and other Texas counties to weigh in on eight proposed state constitutional amendments in a process that has so far seen very little local turnout.
There are 18 polling locations set to be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today in Gregg County in an election that saw about a 1% voter turnout in two weeks of early voting, according to Elections Administrator Jennifer Briggs.
The county typically sees about a 2% to 3% turnout in constitutional amendment elections, Briggs said. She added that she remains hopeful voters today could boost the percentage to achieve that mark.
Along with the constitutional amendments on the ballot, residents in Kilgore ISD will decide two bond propositions.
Here is what to expect on the ballots and where to vote in Gregg County.
Kilgore ISD Bond
There will be two propositions on the ballot related to the Kilgore ISD bond package for residents in the district.
Proposition A is for $109 million to go towards the construction of a new high school and renovations to Chandler Elementary School.
Proposition B is for $4 million to fund renovations at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium.
Constitutional amendmentsProposition 1: This would allow charitable raffles to be conducted at rodeo venues.
Proposition 2: This would allow a county to issue bonds for the development or redevelopment of infrastructure or transportation in blighted areas (places that show signs of neglect).
Proposition 3: This would prohibit the state and political subdivisions from limiting religious services or organizations.
Proposition 4: This would change eligibility requirements for some judicial offices.
Proposition 5: This would give additional powers to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct to accept complaints about those running for judicial office.
Proposition 6: This would give residents of nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, intermediate care facilities or state supported living centers the right to designate a caregiver for in-person visits.
Proposition 7: This would allow the surviving spouse, 55 years or older, of a disabled individual to maintain a limit on homestead property taxes upon the time of death if they remain at the homestead.
Proposition 8: This would allow for a total or partial homestead property tax exemption for surviving spouses of members of the armed services who were killed or fatally injured in duty.
To read more about the eight constitutional amendments click here.
Where to vote
In Gregg County, registered voters can vote at any of the following locations on Election Day:
Longview Community Center, 500 E. Whaley St., Longview;
Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church, 2500 McCann Road, Longview;
Alpine Presbyterian Church, 4102 Tryon Road, Longview;
Judson Community Center, 1129 FM 1844, Longview;
Spring Hill First Baptist Church, 4000 Gilmer Road, in the gym, Longview;
Pine Tree Community Center, 1701 Pine Tree Road, Longview;
Community Connections, 501 Pine Tree Road, Longview;
Greggton Community Center, 3211 W. Marshall Ave., Longview;
Calvary Baptist Church, 4715 Tenneryville Road, Longview;
Emmanuel Baptist Church, 501 E. U.S. 80, White Oak;
Gladewater First Methodist Church, 217 W. Quitman Ave., Gladewater;
Old Sabine ISD Elementary Cafeteria, 5219 Old Highway 135 North, Liberty City;
Kilgore Community Center, 622 Kay St., Kilgore;
Meadowbrook Country Club, 1306 Houston St., Kilgore;
Elderville Community Center, 10450 Texas 349, Longview;
Saint Mark CME Church, 1100 Sapphire St., Longview;
Stamper Park Resource Center, 502 S. Center St., Longview; and
Longview ISD Education Support Center, 1301 E. Young Street, Longview.
More information about the 2021 elections in Gregg County can be found by visiting greggcountyvotes.com.