Election Day on Nov. 7 is the last day to vote in the 2023 election, which consists of several local propositions and more than a dozen amendments to the Texas Constitution.

What you need to know

Galveston County has more than 30 voting locations for Nov. 7, according to the county website.

Galveston County is in the Countywide Polling Place Program, or CWPP, which allows voters in Galveston County to vote at any of the county locations, according to the Vote Texas website.

Polling locations across the county are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 7, according to the county website.

Acceptable IDs for voting in person, according to Vote Texas, include:
  • Texas driver license, election ID or personal ID card
  • Texas handgun license
  • U.S. military ID card that has the person’s picture
  • U.S. citizen certificate that has the person’s picture
  • U.S. passport
In addition, there are a number of supporting documents a voter can use if they don’t have one of forms of ID listed above. For more information, visit the Vote Texas website.

What else?

Galveston County has several local races, including a pair of voter-approval tax rate elections, or VATREs; two bonds; and some local positions.

Clear Creek ISD and Friendswood ISD both have VATREs to help close gaps in their fiscal year 2023-24 budgets. CCISD, Santa Fe ISD and the Bacliff Municipal Utility Districts also have bonds.

Other items on the local level include:
  • A trustee election for Galveston ISD
  • A local sales tax election for both the cities of Bayou Vista and Dickinson
  • A measure to remove a member of La Marque’s City Council
Statewide items on the ballot include raising the homestead exemption from $40,000 to $100,000, which would decrease the taxable amount on properties across Texas.

There are 14 total state propositions on the ballot this year, many of which are county-specific. Some of those that are not county-specific include:
  • A constitutional amendment to increase the mandatory retirement age for state justices and judges
  • Constitutional amendments creating a number of funds, such as park funding, broadband funding, energy funding and water funding for various projects
  • Allowing the 88th state Legislature to make a cost-of-living adjustment to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas
To see more information about what is on the ballot for 2023, visit the Galveston County website.

Stay tuned

Throughout early voting, Galveston County saw voter turnout more than triple the early totals for the 2021 election, which was the last similar election. This year’s total—more than 20,100—was up from 2021’s total of 6,233 voters.

In 2021, Election Day totals were at 8,758 voters, according to county data.