A proposition designed to make it prohibitively difficult for the Texas Legislature to pass a state income tax (Proposition 4) was approved tonight with support of well over two-thirds of all voters.
All but one constitutional amendment proposal — allowing municipal judges to serve in more than one jurisdiction (Proposition 1) — passed unofficially tonight as votes were counted.
Texans tend to be favorable to amendments, as voters have only rejected five out of 107 propositions since 2001. This year continues that trend toward support of what elected legislators send to the voters after every legislative session.
The stragglers this year were Proposition 1, which failed by a surprisingly large margin and property tax exemptions for gold depositories which still passed by a comfortable margin of eight percentage points.
Several larger counties including Harris County are reporting final results later tonight, perhaps as late as 2 a.m. This is the first major election to test out printed ballot machines in many counties, including Travis and Williamson counties.
With 96% of precincts now having reported, the preliminary results are:
❌ Proposition 1: Municipal judges serving multiple cities 34-66% (The Hayride recommended a vote against)
✅ Proposition 2: $200M for water development loans 63-37% (The Hayride was neutral, but leaning against)
✅ Proposition 3: Disaster-damaged property tax exemption 86-14% (The Hayride recommended a vote for)
✅ Proposition 4: State income tax ban 78-22% (The Hayride strongly recommended a vote for)
✅ Proposition 5: Sporting goods sales tax to parks, historic sites 88-12% (The Hayride recommended a vote for)
✅ Proposition 6: $3B cancer research increase 63-37% (The Hayride recommended a vote against)
✅ Proposition 7: $300M school fund cap increase 73-27% (The Hayride recommended a vote for)
✅ Proposition 8: Flood control grants 76-24% (The Hayride recommended a vote against)
✅ Proposition 9: Gold depository property tax exemption 54-46% (The Hayride recommended a vote against)
✅ Proposition 10: Retired K-9 ownership 94-6% (The Hayride recommended a vote for)