Early Voting Under Way In SSISD Bond Election, 2 Constitutional Amendment Propositions

Last Day To Register To Vote For May 24 Runoff Is Monday

Two elections will be held on two different days in May: the SSISD bond proposal, 2 proposed constitutional amendments, and Winnsboro ISD trustees elections on May 8; and runoffs from the March party primary elections will be held on May 24. There are two actions local voters can take today to vote in each. For registered voters, early voting in the May 7 elections starts today; April 25 is also the deadline to register to vote in the May 24 runoff elections.

May 7 Elections

Early Voting

Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted in Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Courtroom, located inside the Hopkins County Annex Building at 128 G Jefferson Street. Early voting is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25, April 27, April 29-30, and May 2-3; from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2022; and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, and Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Election Day Voting

Voting on Election Day has been consolidated to 6 boxes:

  1. Sulphur Springs Middle School cafeteria, 835 Wildcat Way, Sulphur Springs.
  2. Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Courtroom, 128 G Jefferson St., Sulphur Springs.
  3. First Floor Courtroom, Hopkins County Courthouse, 118 Church St., Sulphur Springs.
  4. West Hall, Hopkins County Civic Center, 1200 Houston St., Sulphur Springs.
  5. Cumby Meeting Room, Cumby Municipal Building, 100 East Main Street, Cumby.
  6. Art Room, Como-Pickton CISD, 13017 Texas Highway 11 East, Como.

Mail Ballots

Hopkins County voters who are eligible to vote by mail must have mailed applications for a ballot by mail to Hopkins County Clerk Tracy Smith, 128 Jefferson St., Suite C, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. Applications for ballots by mail must be received by the clerk no later than the close of business tomorrow (Tuesday, April 26, 2022). Those selecting this option should keep in mind Federal Post Card Applications must be received no later hte close of business on May 9, 2022.

Constitutional Amendment Propositions

All registered Texans will have the option to vote on two propositions which would amend the Texas Constitution.

  • State of Texas Proposition 1 asks Texans to vote for against
    • “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for the reduction of the amount of a limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for general elementary and secondary public school purposes on the residence homestead of a person who is elderly or disabled to reflect any statutory reduction from the preceding tax year in the maximum compressed rate of the maintenance and operations taxes imposed for those purposes on the homestead.”
  • State of Texas Proposition 2 asks Texans to vote for or against:
    • “The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $25,000 to $40,000.”

Click here to see the full text of the 2 Proposed Constitutional Amendments (available in English and Spanish).

Sample ballot for the Sulphur Springs ISD Bond proposal and 2 Texas Constitutional Amendment proposals

Sulphur Springs ISD Election

The Sulphur Springs ISD Election asks voters to cast ballots either for or against Proposition A, which would allow the district to issue $93 million in bonds for school facilities and school buses, with the funds to be repaid through a property tax increase, estimated to be 8.5-cents. Only registered voters who live within SSISD’s boundary will vote in this election.

Additional information about the SSISD Bond Proposal can be found at www.sulphurspringsisdbond.com or by clicking here. To view KSST’s video of the two town hall meetings held regarding the bond or a video of a Lunch and Learn presentation about the May 7 $93 million bond proposal, click t he appropriate link below:

March 31 Town Hall Meeting

April 18 Town Hall Meeting

April 20 Lunch & Learn Meeting

Winnsboro ISD

Hopkins County is also on of three counties Winnsboro ISD has contracted with to hold a board of trustees election. Voters will be asked to select up to two candidates for full three year terms on the Winnsboro ISD Board of Trustees.

  • Hopkins County voters who reside within Winnsboro ISD who vote:
    • Early by personal appearance at the designated Hopkins County early voting location (Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Courtroom) April 25-May 3,
    • Election Day, May 7, 2022, at any of the six voting locations within Hopkins County.
    • Applications for ballots by mail must be received by County Clerk Tracy Smith, 128 Jefferson St. Suite C, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482 no later than the close of business on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Federal Post Card Applications must be received no later than the close business April 26, 2022 as well.
  • Franklin County voters may cast ballots:
    • Early by personal appearance at Franklin County Annex Building, 502 East Main Street in Mount Vernon from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, April 25-May 3, 2022.
    • Election Day voting will be conducted at Franklin County Building at 1013 North Main St. in Winnsboro; Franklin County Commissioner Precinct 3 Building, 513 Highway 900 West in Mount Vernon; and South Franklin Community Center, 3150 FM 1448 in Scroggins.
    • Applications for ballots by mail must be received not later than the close of business by Betty Crane, Franklin County Election Coordinator, PO Box 1047, Mount Vernon, TX 75457. The Federal Post Card Applications must be received no later than April 26, 2022.
    • For additional voting information, contact FC Election Coordinator Betty Crane at 903-537-8357 or [email protected], or go online to https://www.co.franklin.tx.us/page/franklin.Election.
  • Wood County voters may cast ballots:
    • Early by personal appearance in the Winnsboro ISD trustees election at Wood County Annex Building, 200 West Bermuda Street in Quitman from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, April 25-May 3, 2022.
    • Election Day voting will be conducted at Winnsboro City Auditorium, 515 to Wheeler Drive in Winnsboro; Carroll Green Civic Center, 602 McAllister Street in Quitman; and Holly Lake Volunteer Fire Department, 126 Private Road 7869 in Holly Lake Ranch, Texas.
    • Applications for ballots by mail must be received by Laura Wise, Wood County early voting clerk, at PO Box 970, Quitman, TX 75783. Federal post card applications must be received no later than the close of business on April 26, 2022, as well.
    • For additional voting information, call Wise at 903-763-2400, send her an email at [email protected], or go online to https://elections.mywoodcounty.com.
Sample ballot for Winnsboro ISD Board of Trustees and Texas Constitutional Amendments propositions Elections

May 24 Runoff Elections

If you are planning to vote in the May 24 party primary runoff election and haven’t done so yet, you’ll want to be sure to do so no later than Monday, April 25. Voters may vote in either hte Democratic or Republican Party runoffs. Those who voted in the March 1 primary are registered and do not need to re-register.

If you’re not sure if you are registered to vote in your county, Hopkins County voters can select the Voter Information on the Hopkins County website and all Texas voters can check their voter status by selecting Am I Registered To Vote link on Texas Secretary of State’s website, then enter your information. Votetexas.gov is also another good source for pertinent election information, including a link allowing eligible voters to Register To Vote.

You also can contact your local voter registrar to register to vote. In Hopkins County, visit Tax Assessor/Collector Debbie Mitchell’s Office inside the Hopkins County Annex Building, no later than the closer of business on Monday, April 25, for assistance completing an application.

Author: Faith Huffman

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