Texas Appointment of Presidential Electors, Proposition 6 (2001)
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In the 2000 presidential election in Florida, the outcome of the presidential race through the use of punch-card voting systems was subject to protracted and varied legal challenges to the point that concerns arose as to missing the legal deadlines for a final determination of the appointment of presidential electors and thereby potentially losing state control over the appointment process. In an effort to avoid a similar controversy in Texas in future presidential elections, the legislature proposed a specific constitutional amendment to provide for a special legislative session as a sure method of retaining state control over the appointment of electors if it appears that challenges may delay a final determination on the appointment until after the legal deadline for the state to make that determination.
Text of measure
The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment requiring the governor to call a special session for the appointment of presidential electors under certain circumstances."
Proposition 6 amended Section 8, Article IV, Texas Constitution, to require the governor to convene the legislature in special session to appoint presidential electors if the governor determines that a reasonable likelihood exists that a final determination of the appointment of electors will not occur before the legal deadline to conclusively determine the appointment.
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