Texas Proposition 18, Elections With Unopposed Candidates (September 2003)

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Texas Proposition 18, also known as the Unopposed Candidates in Local Elections Act, was on the September 13, 2003 special election ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

HJR 59/Proposition 18 authorized the legislature to permit a person to assume an office of a political subdivision without an election if the person is the only candidate to qualify in an election for that office and the election is required by the Texas Constitution. This proposition applies only to local political subdivisions, whereas Proposition 8 applies to state and local political subdivisions.

Election results

Proposition 18
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 720,479 53.1%
No636,86346.9%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit a person to assume an office of a political subdivision without an election if the person is the only candidate to qualify in an election for that office."[1]

Constitutional changes

The successful passage of Proposition 18 added §Section 13A to Article 16 of the Texas Constitution.

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing direct democracy in Texas

As laid out in Article 17 of the Texas Constitution, in order for a proposed constitutional amendment to be placed on the ballot, the Texas State Legislature must propose the amendment in a joint resolution of both the Texas State Senate and the Texas House of Representatives. The joint resolution can originate in either the House or the Senate. The resolution must be adopted by a vote of at least two-thirds of the membership of each house of the legislature. That amounts to a minimum of 100 votes in the House of Representatives and 21 votes in the Senate.

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