Preliminary numbers from early voting offer a probably accurate forecast of what we can expect to see Tuesday. With one day to go in early voting (which began Oct. 19 and ended Friday), 1.85 percent of registered voters in the 15 most populous counties had cast ballots either in person or by mail. Travis County was at 1.8 percent. Williamson County, apparently inflicted with constitutional amendment fever, was at 2.19 percent, second highest in the state.
Harris County was the state leader, with 3.27 percent turnout. It is, however, an unfair competition. Harris County has actual people on the ballot, not just 11 constitutional amendments, because Houston is electing a mayor.
For contrast, with one day to go in early voting in last year's presidential contest, almost 43 percent of Travis County's registered voters had cast ballots.
Here are our recommendations for the constitutional amendments, which were offered in more detail in earlier editorials:
Proposition 1: For. Allows cities and counties to sell bonds to pay for open spaces near military bases to prevent encroachment on those facilities.
Proposition 2: Against. Bars residential appraisals from being set based on "highest and best use."
Proposition 3: Against. Gives lawmakers the authority to set standards and practices for property appraisals.
Proposition 4: For. Establishes the National Research University Fund to help more state universities reach "tier-one" status.
Proposition 5: For. Allows lawmakers to let adjoining appraisal districts share a single board for appraisal disputes.
Proposition 6: For. Prevents interruption in the bonding authority used by the Veterans Land Board to offer below-market financing to veterans for home and land purchases.
Proposition 7: For. Allows Texas State Guard members to serve on school boards, city councils, etc.
Proposition 8: For. Authorizes use of state resources to support veterans hospitals in Texas.
Proposition 9: For. Puts state Open Beaches Act, guaranteeing public access to beaches, into the Constitution.
Proposition 10: For. Sets four-year terms for members of emergency service district boards.
Proposition 11: For. Bans governmental taking of private property for "economic development or enhancement of tax revenue purposes."