Focus at Four: Early voting begins today in Texas

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - You've probably seen the campaign signs around town.

Monday marks the beginning of early voting across Texas. Election Day is coming up on November 7th.

There's several items on the ballot including several local races and amendments, and even a handful of proposed Constitutional Amendments that will affect the entire state.

During legislative sessions, lawmakers typically agree on multiple changes to law that require amendments to the state's rigid constitution.

Any changes to the Texas Constitution must be approved by a majority of Texas voters.

Alana Rocha with our reporting partners at the Texas Tribune in Austin joined us on First News at Four to break down the state amendments.

Proposition 1:
What it means: It would authorize property tax exemptions for certain partially disabled veterans or their surviving spouses — those whose homes were donated to them by charity for less than market value.

Proposition 2:
What it means: This would ease restrictions on borrowing against home equity in Texas and allow Texans easier access to their equity. The proposition also lowers the maximum fees that can be charged in connection with home equity loans but also exempts certain charges from the calculation of that maximum.

Proposition 3
What it means: Nonsalaried appointees whose terms have ended but who have not been replaced would serve only until the next legislative session has ended.

Proposition 4
What it means: This would require courts to notify the state attorney general of any constitutional challenges to state laws.

Check out the Related Links for a link to the rest of the propositions explained by the Texas Tribune.

Mayor Andrew Nelson and Brazos County Elections Administrator Trudy Hancock also joined us on First News at Four.

In Bryan there are 13 charter amendments on the ballot along with two council seats. College Station City Council has three seats.

For Bryan ISD there are two trustee seats, and as does College Station ISD.

There are also two bond elections for Navasota ISD.

"All of our five early voting locations are open," Hancock said. "On election day, all 26 polling locations will be open, so feel free to vote where you normally vote."

There is one change to be aware of this year.

Central Count, where votes are tallied, is normally held at the Brazos Center.
Due to renovations there, it has been moved to the Brazos County Administration Building.

If you normally vote at the Brazos Center on election day, you can still do will just be in a different room.

Early voting continues weekdays through November 3rd.

Locations are Arena Hall, Brazos County Administration Building, Galilee Baptist Church, MSC and College Station Utilities.

The hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm except November 2.
The locations will be open 12 hours, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on November 3rd.