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Texas Proposition 4, (1965)

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Texas Proposition 4 was on the November 2, 1965 statewide ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

Election results

Proposition 4
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No277,89255.2%
Yes 225,987 44.8%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary Texas voters saw on their ballot was " For the Constitutional Amendments providing a four-year term of office for the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller of Public Accounts, Treasurer, Commissioner of the General Land Office, Secretary of State, and any statutory state officer who is elected by the electorate of Texas at large, unless a term of office is otherwise specifically provided in this Constitution."[1]

Constitutional changes

If adopted, Prop 4 would have amended Sections 4, 22, and 23 of Article 4 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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