Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
August 25, 2003
Contact: Lewis Simmons
Phone: (940) 689-0191

Senator Estes Encourages Early Voting in Amendments Election

AUSTIN -- State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) is encouraging voters to take advantage of the convenience of early voting as the date draws near for an election on 22 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.

Early voting by personal appearance will be Aug. 28-Sept. 9, and polls on election day Sept. 13 will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

"It may be more convenient for many voters to cast their ballots before actual election day. People are very busy, and the early voting period provides voters with additional opportunities to make sure their voices are heard on these important issues. Information on early voting sites, as well as the locations of polls to be open on election day, may be obtained by calling the elections administrator or county clerk in your county," Estes said.

"Participation in early voting continues to grow as more and more people take advantage of this convenience, thus avoiding unanticipated scheduling obstacles that could surface on actual election day," Estes said.

Texas voters will be deciding a diversity of propositions posed by the 22 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.

"I would encourage all voters to utilize a variety of informational resources that are available to educate themselves on these issues before casting their ballots," Estes said.

For those with Internet online access, Estes recommends these two informative websites provided by the state:

The Secretary of the State's website -- www.sos.state.tx.us -- provides actual ballot wording on each proposition in addition to a brief layman's explanation with references to enabling legislation.

The Texas Legislative Council's website -- www.tlc.state.tx.us/research/pubs -- provides an in-depth discussion of each proposition including analysis, background, and arguments for and against.

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