Election day: Where to vote, what you need

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November 05, 2019 - 8:45 am

AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Election Day is here, with a number of statewide constitutional amendments, local propositions, and a number of school district bond proposals.

Here's a summary of the local issues on the ballot:

City of Austin Proposition A: This measure would call for an election to be held on any lease of city-owned property for use as a sports or entertainment venue. While this proposition began as a petition during the effort to lease city-owned land at McKalla Place to Austin FC for a Major League Soccer stadium, opponents say that the proposed language means any city venue and lease would come under its rules - including facilities such as the Long Center, Zach Theatre, North Ausitn YMCA, and Butler Park Pitch and Putt.

City of Austin Proposition B: This measure would require an election to be held for any expansion of the Austin Convention Center totaling $20 million or more. It would also require that no more than 34% of the city's hotel occupancy taxes go towards the facility.

Travis County Proposition A: Asks voters to put Travis County in line for funding from hotel occupancy taxes, in order to renovate the Travis County Expo Center. The City of Austin currently is taking about $20 million a year - 2 percent of the tax revenue - to pay down debt on the Austin Convention Center; those funds are expected to become available for other uses by 2029.

Williamson County Proposition A: Calls for $412 million in bonds for road projects across the county.

Williamson County Proposition B: Calls for $35 million in bonds for parks and recreation projects across the county.

Manor ISD: Voters will decide on a $280 million bond proposal to help modernize campuses, expand student programs, and pay for growing enrollment in the district.

Del Valle ISD: Voters will decide on a $284 million bond proposal, which would demolish and rebuild two elementary campuses and one middle school that date back to the 1970s. The bond would also provide funding for child development centers, athletic and safety improvements, and other updates to campuses.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. In Travis County, you can find polling locations and wait times online at VoteTravis.com. You can also find locations for Williamson County, Hays County, Caldwell County, and Bastrop County on their respective websites.

You must bring one of the following types of identification to vote:

  • Texas Driver's License
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate
  • Texas Personal Identification Card
  • Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC)
  • U.S. Military ID Card with the person’s photograph
  • U.S. Citizenship Certificate with the person’s photograph
  • U.S. Passport

Documents must be current, or be expired but less than four years. If you don't have any of those available, state law allows for you to sign a declaration explaining why and then use one of the following:

  • A valid voter registration certificate
  • Certified birth certificate
  • Current utility bill
  • Government check
  • Paystub or bank statement that includes your name and address
  • A government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)
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