Texas elections, 2013
Texas election information for 2013 is listed below.
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November 5, 2013
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State Senate District 6
Mario Gallegos (D) died of liver failure in October 2012. However, he ran for re-election and his name remained on the ballot. He was re-elected on November 6, 2012, triggering a special election to fill the seat. The special election was held January 26, 2013. With eight candidates, it looked likely that a runoff for the top-two vote getters would be necessary, and indeed that is what happened. Democrats Sylvia Garcia and Carol Alvarado met in a runoff on March 2, which Garcia won.
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- See also: Texas 2013 ballot measures
|Texas Political Subdivision for Aircraft Tax Exemption Amendment||Taxes||Grants authority to politically subdivide the state to increase the number of days that ad valorem tax-exempt aircraft parts may be located in the state for the purpose of qualifying these parts for the exemption.|
|Texas Repeal of Hidalgo County Hospital District Amendment||Health care||Repeals the constitutional provision that authorizes the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.|
|Texas Disabled Veteran Residence Tax Exemption Amendment||Taxes||Grants legislature authorization to provide ad valorem tax exemptions to partially disabled veterans or their surviving spouses on part of the market value of their residences if they were donated to veteran by a charity.|
|Texas Rainy Day Fund Amendment||State and local government budgets, spending and finance||Permits approximately $5.7 of the $8 billion to be withdrawn from Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF) to fund water infrastructure, transportation and education.|
|Texas State Medical Education Board and State Medical Education Fund Elimination Amendment||Administration of government||Implements a constitutional amendment eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund.|
|Texas Home Rule Charter Provision Amendment||County and municipal governance||Authorizes a home-rule municipality to provide in its charter the procedure to fill a vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is 12 months or less.|
|Texas Reverse Mortgage Loan Amendment||Housing||Authorizes the making of a reverse mortgage loan for the purchase of a home and to amend certain requirements regarding a reverse mortgage loan.|
|Texas Expanded Judicial Sanctions Amendment||State judiciary||Expands the types of sanctions that may be assessed against judges or justices following formal proceedings instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.|
|Texas Tax Exemption on Residences of Service Members Killed in Action Amendment||Taxes||Provides ad valorem tax exemptions on all or part of the market value of residence to the surviving spouse of armed services member killed in action.|
- Related: 2013 ballot measures
Voting in Texas
- See also: Voting in Texas
Important voting information
- Texas uses an open primary system, meaning voters are not required to declare a party preference when registering to vote.
- Registration must be completed 28 days prior to the election.
- As of June 2013, Texas is one of the 37 states that have not implemented online voter registration. Texas has a bill pending in the 2013 legislative session which would authorize online voter registration. The bill passed the Texas Senate on April 23, 2013. It now goes to the Texas House of Representatives for consideration.
- See also: Absentee voting by state
For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Texas, please visit our absentee voting by state page.
- See also: Early voting
Texas is one of 33 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 17 days before an election and ends 4 days prior to election day. The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.
Elections Performance Index
Texas ranked 23rd out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2010 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance assigning an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. The indicators were chosen within the framework of determining the convenience and integrity of each of the three administrative phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Texas received an overall score of 66%.
- ↑ Chron.com, "Bitter District 6 race ends with Saturday runoff," February 26, 2013
- ↑ Dallas Morning News, "Houston special election for late state senator’s seat heading into runoff," January 26, 2013
- ↑ Texas Tribune, "Packed Field Could Mean a Runoff in SD-6," January 2, 2013
- ↑ The Republic, "Alvarado, Garcia, Bray vying to replace deceased Gallegos in Texas Senate special election," November 12, 2012
- ↑ The Dallas Morning News, "Governor sets special election for senate seat in Houston area," December 13, 2012
- ↑ Your Houston News, " Third candidate joins race for late Senator seat," December 28, 2012
- ↑ KHOU.com, "Garcia wins special runoff election for state Senate seat," March 2, 2013
- ↑ Longview News Journal, Texas Senate OKs Online Voter Registration, April 24, 2013
- ↑ Open States, SB 315
- ↑ Pew Charitable Trusts, Election Performance Index Report
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