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Texas Voting Requirements, Proposition 8 (1966)

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The Texas Voting Requirements Amendment, also known as Proposition 8, was on the November 8, 1966 ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure permitted voters qualified to vote except for residence requirements to vote in presidential and statewide elections. The measure also allowed citizens of the United States who had recently arrived in or departed from the state to vote in presidential elections.[1][2]

Election results

Texas Proposition 8 (1966)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 701,349 66.88%
No347,33733.12%

Election results via: Legislative Reference Library of Texas

Text of measure

The text of the measure can be read here.

Constitutional changes

Prop 8 added Section 2a to Article 6 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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