All nine ballot initiatives pass in statewide tally

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MICHAEL BURDICK of Fredericksburg exercised his constitutional right to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5, when Texans went to the polls to decide the fate of nine different propositions on the ballot. Gillespie County voters in Precincts 5 and 15 also voted on whether or not to allow the sale of beverages with 3.2 percent or higher alcohol content. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Gillespie County voters mirrored statewide results in eight of the nine ballot items in the Texas Constitutional Amendment Election on Tuesday.

Voters in portions of Precincts 5 and 15 also approved the sale of beer and wine by a 265-59 margin, after a Depression-era vote left a tiny portion of the county “dry.”

A total of 2,732 voters participated in Tuesday’s election, or 15.5 percent of the county’s 17,659 eligible voters. 

Statewide, just 8.5 percent of the Lone Star State’s eligible voters took part, according to the Texas Secretary of State office.

Of Gillespie voters, 1,148 voted early, County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche said.

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Some of the nine statewide proposals proved popular with county voters, such as Proposition 1, which authorized a tax break for surviving spouses, which passed 2,197 (82 percent) to 492 (18 percent).

The only proposition where Gillespie voters went against the state results was on Proposition 5, which authorized the making of a reverse loan mortgage for the purchase of a homestead. County voters thought that the loss of homeowner equity as a result of fraud or scams, would put their well-being at risk. Gillespie County voters voted “no” by a 54 percent to 46 percent margin, though the proposition passed statewide by 36 percent to 37 percent.

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