First-time Texas voters may complete the registration process through the state or the county voter registrar. Those eligible to cast a ballot this spring include U.S. citizens who will be 18 years old or older as of election day, and who are not convicted felons or legally mentally incapacitated.
"In the upcoming May 7 election, every Texas voter will have the opportunity to vote on two proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution concerning property taxes, and many Texas voters will also be voting on mayoral, city council and school board candidates as well as local propositions," Texas Secretary of State John Scott said in a statement. "I encourage every eligible Texas voter to not only get registered by April 7th, but to educate yourself on the candidates and measures that will appear on your ballot. This is an important opportunity to determine the direction of your community and our state, so make sure to register and prepare to cast your ballot in the upcoming election."
All Texas voters will have the chance to weigh in on Proposition 1, which would provide additional property tax cuts to elderly and disabled homeowners, and Proposition 2, which would raise the school district homestead exemption on property taxes.
In the Austin area, items on the ballot include Austin's Proposition A covering marijuana enforcement and no-knock warrants; Leander's slate of propositions and City Council races; and school board races in the Dripping Springs and Lake Travis areas. A sample ballot is available online for Travis County, Williamson County and Hays County.
Ahead of the May 7 election, early voting in all three counties will run daily from April 25-May 3. More information on the current election is available through the Secretary of State's Office.