Ballot propositions reveal Texas-sized ideological divide among Republicans and Democrats

Ballot propositions proposed by Republican and Democratic parties reveal a Texas-size ideological divide on nearly all issues with voters in both parties expressing overwhelming support for all measures proposed.

With 100 percent of ballot proposition answers recorded by the Texas Secretary of State’s Office, all 21 questions on both ballots received more than 85 percent support.

Voters answered “Yes” to all 11 propositions on the Democratic ballot, with the lowest level of support being 91 percent, and the highest being 97 percent.

Voters answered “Yes” to all 10 propositions on the Republican ballot, with 85 percent being the lowest level of support and 98 percent being the highest.

All Democratic questions were posed as “rights,” while all Republican questions were posed as statements that “should be” enforced.

On the issue of taxation, 94.8 percent of Republicans voted “Yes” on Proposition 3, which states, “Texas should ban the practice of taxpayer-funded lobbying, which allows your tax dollars to be spent on lobbyists who work against the taxpayer.”

The Democratic measure on taxation, Proposition 11, received the lowest level of Democratic support at 91 percent. It asked if Texas should establish equitable taxation for people at all income levels and for businesses and corporations.

On “immigration rights,” 94 percent of Democrats supported Proposition 10, which asked “should there be a just and fair comprehensive immigration reform solution that includes an earned path to citizenship for law-abiding immigrants and their children, keeps families together, protects dreamers, and provides workforce solutions for businesses?”

Whereas, 94.3 percent of Republicans voted “Yes” on Proposition 4: “Texas should support the construction of a physical barrier and use existing defense-grade surveillance equipment along the entire southern border of Texas.”

On the “right to vote,” 95.8 percent of Democrats supported Proposition 8, which states that elections should be “free from corporate campaign influence, foreign and domestic interference, and gerrymandering.”

The Republican measure, Proposition 8, received the highest level of support on the entire ballot, 98.46 percent. Voters answered “Yes” to: “Texas election officials should heed the directives of the Office of the Governor to purge illegal voters from the voter rolls and verify that each new registered voter is a U.S. citizen.”

On the issue of criminal justice reform, 97 percent of Democrats answered “Yes” to Proposition 9, which states: “Should everyone in Texas have the right to a fair criminal justice system that treats people equally, uses proven methods for de-escalating situations instead of excessive force, and puts an end to the mass and disproportionate incarceration of people of color for minor offenses?”

Whereas 95 percent of Republicans supported Proposition 9, which addresses the issue of bail only being based “on a person’s danger to society and risk of flight, not that person’s ability to pay.”

On the “right to a 21st-century public education,” 94.3 percent of Democrats supported Proposition 2, which includes, “affordable college and career training without the burden of crushing student loan debt.”

Two Republican measures on education dealt specifically with prayer in school and parental rights. Proposition 1 received 88.8 percent support: “Texas should not restrict or prohibit prayer in public schools.”

Proposition 5 received 90.4 percent support: “Texas parents or legal guardians of public school children under the age of 18 should be the sole decision makers for all their children’s healthcare decisions including, but not limited to, psychological assessment and treatment, contraception, and sex education.”

The Republican ballot did not mention affordable housing, universal Medicare or paid family leave, whereas the Democratic ballot did. The Democratic ballot did not mention the Second Amendment or the Alamo, whereas the Republican ballot did.

Proposition 7 received the highest level of support among Republicans, 97.9 percent, to protect and preserve “all historical monuments, artifacts, and buildings, such as the Alamo cenotaph and our beloved Alamo, and should oppose any reimagining of the Alamo site.”

This article was first published by The Center Square.

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