Dotty Crabtree has exercised her right to vote for over 30 years in Ellis County. It wasn’t until this year when she had her mailed ballot contained propositions for each political party.
After conducting a Facebook poll to see if anyone was in the same boat as Crabtree, out of the 22 who participated, seven had no idea about the separate propositions.
Republican and Democratic party ballots have a different set of propositions that pertain to that particular party. Voting yes or no on these propositions does not mean a voter is attempting to pass a law. The response to the proposition will provide party leaders with a better idea how their voting contingent stands along the party’s platform.
After Crabtree learned why her Democratic party ballot was different from the Republican ballot, she voiced how she wished that both party's propositions would be placed on each party ballot.
ELLIS COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PROPOSITIONS:
Right to a 21st Century Public Education: Should everyone in Texas have the right to quality public education from pre-k to 12th grade, and affordable college and career training without the burden of crushing student loan debt?
Student Loan Debt: Should everyone in Texas have the right to refinance student loan debt with the Federal Reserve at a 0% interest rate, as relief for the crushing burden of debt and an investment in the next generation of Americans?
Right to Healthcare: Should everyone in Texas have a right to healthcare, guaranteed by a universal, quality Medicare-for-all system?
Right to Economic Security: Should everyone in Texas have the right to economic security, where all workers have earned paid family and sick leave and a living wage that respects their hard work?
National Jobs Program: Should the Democratic Party promote a national jobs program, with high wage and labor standards, to replace crumbling infrastructure and rebuild hurricane-damaged areas, paid for with local, state, and federal bonds financed through the Federal Reserve at low interest with long-term maturities?
Right to Clean Air, Safe Water, and a Healthy Environment: Should everyone in Texas have the right to clean air, safe water, and a healthy environment?
Right to Dignity & Respect: Should everyone in Texas have the right to a life of dignity and respect, free from discrimination and harassment anywhere, including businesses and public facilities, no matter how they identify, the color of their skin, who they love, socioeconomic status, or from where they come?
Right to Housing: Should everyone in Texas have the right to affordable and accessible housing and modern utilities including high-speed internet, free from any form of discrimination?
Right to Vote: Should every eligible Texan have the right to vote, made easier by automatic voter registration, the option to vote by mail, a state election holiday, and no corporate campaign influence, foreign interference, or illegal gerrymandering?
Right to a Fair Criminal Justice System: Should everyone in Texas have the right to a fair criminal justice system that treats people equally and puts an end to the mass incarceration of young people of color for minor offenses?
Immigrant Rights: Should there be a just and fair comprehensive immigration reform solution that includes an earned path to citizenship for law-abiding immigrants and their children, keeps families together, protects DREAMers, and provides workforce solutions for businesses?
Right to Fair Taxation: Should everyone in Texas have the right to a fair tax system, where all interests (business, corporations, and individuals) pay their share, so that state government meets its obligations?
ELLIS COUNTY REPUBLICAN PROPOSITIONS:
Texas should replace the property tax system with an appropriate consumption tax equivalent.
No governmental entity should ever construct or fund construction of toll roads without voter approval.
Republicans in the Texas House should select their Speaker nominee by secret ballot in a binding caucus without Democrat influence.
Texas should require employers to screen new hires through the free E-Verify system to protect jobs for legal workers.
Texas families should be empowered to choose from public, private, charter, or homeschool options for their children’s education, using tax credits or exemptions without government constraints or intrusion.
Texas should protect the privacy and safety of women and children in spaces such as bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers in all Texas schools and government buildings.
I believe abortion should be abolished in Texas.
Vote fraud should be a felony in Texas to help ensure fair elections.
Texas demands that Congress completely repeal Obamacare.
To slow the growth of property taxes, yearly revenue increases should be capped at 4%, with increases in excess of 4% requiring voter approval.
Tax dollars should not be used to fund the building of stadiums for professional or semi-professional sports teams.