Politics

Only 4% of total registered voters in El Paso showed up to polls in Tuesday's election

EL PASO, Texas - Out of 433,665 registered voters in El Paso County, only 17,223 cast a vote in Tuesday's election, meaning only 3.97% turned up to the polls.

Here are the unofficial voting results with 191 of 191 precincts reporting.

TEXAS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Among the many issues voters were considering included several new constitutional amendments for the State of Texas. Seven, to be exact, and two of them have to do with property tax exemptions for servicemen and servicewomen and first responders, including the spouses for both communities.  

El Paso voters were in favor of all seven, and it seems Texas voters appear to be in favor of all seven as well. This is according to early voting results released by the Texas Secretary of State's office.

At the top of the list, Proposition 1: The amendment would give property tax exemptions to partially disabled veterans or their surviving spouses. 83% of 16,831 El Paso votes were cast in favor. The exemptions for the amendment stipulate the home would have to have been donated by a "charitable organization for less than the market value."

Proposition 6  would give property tax exemptions to surviving spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty. 84% of votes cast in El Paso were in favor of the proposed amendment.

SISD PROPOSED BOND

60% of voters in the Socorro Independent School District voted in favor of the $448.5 million dollar bond, with 6,783 votes cast.

SOCORRO CITY ALDERMAN

For Socorro City Alderman 1, challenger Cesar Nevarez led with nearly 51% percent of the vote over incumbent Maria Reyes. 320 votes were cast.

For Socorro City Alderman 2, incumbent Ralph Duran led with 56% percent of the vote over Jesus Ruiz. 237 votes were cast.

For Socorro City Alderman 3, challenger Victor Perez led with 52% percent of the vote incumbent Ruben Reyes. 338 votes were cast.

CITY OF HORIZON

Residents in the city of Horizon will voted on funnily enough, elections: when and how often to have them, in addition to formalities on running for council.

For Proposition A, nearly 86% of votes cast were in favor. The proposition would allow Horizon to hold municipal elections in May, to allow for election by majority, and that if an elected official runs for office, they would have to resign automatically.

For Proposition B, nearly 63% of votes cast were in favor. Part of the proposition would let Council adopt emergency ordinances to meet public emergencies.

For Proposition C, nearly 84% of votes cast were in favor. It would allow for term for the Municipal Court Judge term to run for two years in order to match the council general elections.

And for Proposition D, 58% of votes cast were in favor. The proposition would delete the requirement on the city charter that voter approval is needed if the city budget includes funding for a defined benefits pension plan for city employees.