By Cheryl Johnson
October 10th is the last day to register to vote or update address information for Constitutional and local elections scheduled November 7th. Voter registration applications are available at all GCTO locations or online at www.galcotax.com. Contact the Voter Registration Department toll free at 1-888-976-2280 and an application can be emailed or mailed to you.
Seven amendments to the Texas Constitution, an $80M County bond election and multiple local elections are also included on ballots in various areas of the County. Go online today to www.galvestonvotes.org, type in your precinct number, locate your ballot and find out which of these elections effect you!
Turnout during Constitutional Election cycles is extraordinarily low with a record 4% in November 2011 and record high of 11% in November 2015. The high turnout in 2015 is attributed to the variety of local elections, several associated with sales tax increases. Since there are multiple local elections associated with bonds (in addition to the County bond proposals) and tax increases will result, voter participation is expected to lean more toward the 11% – still an incredibly low turnout. The Constitutional amendments may also affect your purse strings or wallet so do your homework and vote!