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Texas Primary Referendum Results

Democrats sound off on three props, Republicans on five

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, May 30, 2012  |  Updated 10:51 AM CDT
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Texas Primary Referendum Results

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Voters in the Texas primary were also asked to sound off on eight propositions during Tuesday's election.  Five of the eight were on the Republican ballot and three on the Democratic ballot.

The referenda were non-binding and do not go into law even if the majority of voters are in favor of them -- the referenda are only used to gauge party interest in a particular topic.  From that point, the referendums coul dend up on the party ticket at the National Convention.

On the Republican ballot, voters voted in favor of five propositions Tuesday.
   
Proposition 1 - School Choice State Funding
The state should fund education by allowing dollars to follow the child instead of the bureaucracy, through a program which allows parents the freedom to choose their child's school, public or private, while also saving significant taxpayer dollars.

   8,760 of 8,779 precincts - 99 percent
   x-In Favor 1,173,761 - 85 percent
   Against 214,173 - 15 percent
   
Proposition 2 - Repealing Obamacare
Congress should immediately repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) and reject the rationing of healthcare by government or the intrusion by government into the doctor - patient relationship.

   8,760 of 8,779 precincts - 99 percent
   x-In Favor 1,297,027 - 91 percent
   Against 123,480 - 9 percent
   
Proposition 3 - Public Prayer Prohibit Standards
Government should be prohibited from restricting the content of public prayer.

   8,760 of 8,779 precincts - 99 percent
   x-In Favor 1,313,888 - 93 percent
   Against 101,102 - 7 percent
   
Proposition 4 - Limit Spending Limit Increase
Out of control spending should be stopped at all levels of federal and state government through constitutional amendments limiting any increase in government spending to the combined increase of population and inflation, requiring voter approval.

   8,760 of 8,779 precincts - 99 percent
   x-In Favor 1,316,552 - 94 percent
   Against 84,010 - 6 percent
   
Proposition 5 - Redraw Districts Redistrict State
The Texas Legislature should redraw the court-imposed lines for Congress and State legislative districts in its upcoming session in order to remedy inequities.

   8,760 of 8,779 precincts - 99 percent
   x-In Favor 992,783 - 76 percent
   Against 320,715 - 24 percent

On the Democrat ballot, voters voted in favor of three propositions.

Proposition 1 - In-State Status High School Graduates
Any graduate of a Texas high school, who has lived in the state for at least three years and lived here continuously for the last year, should be eligible for in-state tuition at state supported colleges and universities and given the opportunity to earn legal status through a higher education or military service.

   8,807 of 8,813 precincts - 99 percent
   x-In Favor 487,006 - 85 percent
   Against 86,249 - 15 percent
   
Proposition 2 - Affordable Colleges Fund Tuition and Fees
“Because a college education is increasingly necessary for jobs that allow our citizens to achieve middle class lifestyles and become the entrepreneurs who create the jobs that our economy relies on, we call on the Texas Legislature to fund colleges and universities such that tuition and fees can be affordable to all Texans.”

   8,807 of 8,813 precincts - 99 percent
   x-In Favor 533,454 - 93 percent
   Against 42,632 - 7 percent
   
Proposition 3 - Legalize Casinos Funds for Education
Should the Texas Legislature allow the people of Texas to vote to legalize casino gambling with all funds generated being used only for education?

   8,807 of 8,813 precincts - 99 percent
   x-In Favor 426,464 - 74 percent
   Against 152,120 - 26 percent

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