Elections 2020IssuesStatewide NewsA Look at the Texas Primary Election Ballot Propositions from Each Party

Republicans and Democrats polled voters on a number of hot-button issues. Here's a look at the ballot propositions from last week, which range from firearm regulations to environmental policies.
March 11, 2020
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Republican and Democratic voters who participated in the recent primary election in Texas had an opportunity to provide input on some hot-button issues.

Those listed on the Republican ballot were listed as statements with which voters could either agree or disagree:

Republican PropositionYes VotesNo Votes
Texas should not restrict or prohibit prayer in public schools.1,764,975 (88.61%)226,863 (11.39%)
Texas should reject restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms.1,697,491 (85.38%)290,672 (14.62%)
Texas should ban the practice of taxpayer-funded lobbying, which allows your tax dollars to be spent on lobbyists who work against the taxpayer.1,859,201 (94.29%)112,505 (5.71%)
Texas should support the construction of a physical barrier and use existing defense-grade surveillance equipment along the entire southern border of Texas.1,858,480 (93.86%)121,535 (6.14%)
Texas parents or legal guardians of public school children under the age of 18 should be the sole decision makers for all their children’s healthcare decisions including, but not limited to, psychological assessment and treatment, contraception, and sex education.1,784,535 (90.55%)186,232 (9.45%)
Texas should ban chemical castration, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and genital mutilation surgery on all minor children for transition purposes, given that Texas children as young as three (3) are being transitioned from their biological sex to the opposite sex.1,836,485 (94.57%)105,511 (5.43%)
Texans should protect and preserve all historical monuments, artifacts, and buildings, such as the Alamo Cenotaph and our beloved Alamo, and should oppose any reimagining of the Alamo site.1,937,345 (97.30%)53,828 (2.70%)
Texas election officials should heed the directives of the Office of the Governor to purge illegal voters from the voter rolls and verify that each new registered voter is a U.S. Citizen.1,950,239 (98.36%)32,422 (1.64%)
Bail in Texas should be based only on a person’s danger to society and risk of flight, not that person’s ability to pay.1,873,988 (94.99%)98,870 (5.01%)
Texas should limit our state legislators’ terms to 12 years.1,778,958 (92.03%)154,021 (7.97%)

An average of 1.97 million residents voted on each of the Republican propositions, slightly lower than the 2 million voters in the presidential primary, but still more than the 1.82 million who voted in the race for Railroad Commissioner or the 1.93 million voters in the Senate race.

While all propositions received an overwhelming majority of the vote, the most popular was the approval of purging illegal voters from the voter rolls, which received 97 percent support.

The least popular of the resolutions on the Republican side was that the state should reject Second Amendment restrictions, which received 85 percent support.

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Democrats’ propositions were framed as a “Texas Bill of Rights” with 11 planks:

Democratic PropositionYes VotesNo Votes
Right to Healthcare: Should everyone in Texas have a right to quality healthcare, protected by a universally accessible Medicare-style system that saves rural hospitals, reduces the cost of prescription drugs, and guarantees access to reproductive healthcare?1,902,860 (94.42%)112,487 (5.58%)
Right to a 21st Century Public Education: Should everyone in Texas have the right to high-quality public education from pre-k to 12th grade, and affordable college and career training without the burden of crushing student loan debt?1,913,731 (94.98%)101,215 (5.02%)
Right to Clean Air, Safe Water, and a Responsible Climate Policy: Should everyone in Texas have the right to clean air, safe water, affordable and sustainable alternative energy sources, and a ​responsible climate policy that recognizes and addresses the climate crisis as a real and serious threat that impacts every aspect of life on this planet?1,969,227 (97.62%)47,991 (2.38%)
Right to Economic Security: Should everyone in Texas have the right to economic security, where all workers have earned paid family and sick leave, training to prepare for future economies, and a living wage that respects their hard work?1,901,497 (94.96%)101,007 (5.04%)
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, whom they love, socioeconomic status, disability status, housing status, or from where they come?1,925,028 (97.15%)56,419 (2.85%)
Right to Be Free from Violence: Should everyone in Texas have the right to live a life free from violence—gun violence, racial hatred, terrorism, domestic violence, bullying, harassment or sexual assault—so Texans can grow in a safe environment?1,923,320 (97.30%)53,394 (2.70%)
Right to Housing: Should everyone in Texas have the right to affordable and accessible housing and modern utilities (electricity, water, gas, and high-speed internet) free from any form of discrimination?1,890,188 (94.78%)104,130 (5.22%)
Right to Vote: Should every eligible Texan have the right to vote, made easier by automatic voter registration, the option to vote-by-mail, guaranteed early and mobile voting stations, and a state election holiday — free from corporate campaign influence, foreign and domestic interference, ​and ​gerrymandering?1,921,525 (95.93%)81,614 (4.07%)
Right to a Fair Criminal Justice System: Should everyone in Texas have the right to a fair criminal justice system that treats people equally, uses proven methods for de-escalating situations instead of excessive force, and puts an end to the mass and disproportionate incarceration of people of color for minor offenses?1,917,459 (97.36%)51,906 (2.64%)
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?1,894,054 (94.79%)104,108 (5.21%)
Right to Fair Taxation: Should Texas establish equitable taxation for people at all income levels and for businesses and corporations, large and small, so our state government can fund our educational, social, infrastructure, business, and all government services to improve programs necessary for all Texans to thrive?1,807,406 (91.51%)167,754 (8.49%)

An average of 2 million residents voted on each of the Democratic propositions, just behind the 2.08 million voters in the Democratic presidential primary, but ahead of the 1.85 million in the Senate primary.

As with the Republican propositions, those listed on the Democrats’ ballots were also overwhelmingly supported.

The most popular of the propositions was that of a “right to clean air, safe water, and a responsible climate policy,” which received 98 percent support in agreement.

The least popular of the proposed so-called “rights” was the “right to fair taxation,” which implied raising taxes based on income levels and received 92 percent support from Democratic voters.

On average, the Democratic propositions were received 2.5 percent more favorably than the Republican propositions.

The propositions from both parties do not create any laws or guarantee action on particular items, but are often used by party leaders and elected officials to indicate public support on issues.

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Daniel Friend

Daniel Friend

Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. While recently finishing his degree in Political Science from Azusa Pacific University, he also interned in the U.S. Senate and co-authored a book on C. S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy. In his spare time, he might be reading up on Dostoevsky or attempting to write a novel.