Texas Proposition 9 (2001)
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Text of measure
The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment authorizing the filling of a vacancy in the legislature without an election if a candidate is running unopposed in an election to fill the vacancy."
Proposition 9 amended Section 13, Article III, Texas Constitution, to allow the legislature to provide by general law for the cancellation of a special election to fill a vacancy in the legislature when only one person qualifies and declares a candidacy in the election to fill the vacancy.
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.
- Texas 2001 constitutional amendments
- Texas elections database (Choose "2001 Constitutional Amendment Election" from the drop-down menu.)
- Analysis by Texas Legislative Council of 2001 constitutional amendments