Houston's First encourages all followers of Christ to faithfully research the candidates and options, prayerfully make their choices, then cast their vote.
Helpful information is offered here to help you prepare for the November 2015 elections in the greater Houston area, including:
Election Day itself is Tue, Nov 3, but Early Voting is available from Mon, Oct 19, through Fri, Oct 30. So, research the options, pray, and be prepared to cast your vote!
Voters in the City of Houston will decide the fate of the so-called "equal rights ordinance" that would extend anti-discrimination protection to people who choose to identify as a gender other than what God created them to be.
Houston's First encourages its members who are registered to vote in the City of Houston to vote "no" on Proposition 1.
According to the ordinance, "gender identity" refers to "an individual's innate identification, appearance, expression or behavior as either male or female, although the same may not correspond to the individual's body or gender assigned at birth."
"This proposition isn't about equalization," says Pastor Gregg Matte. "It's about normalization of something that goes against God's design."
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb."— Psalm 139:13
If approved by voters, the ordinance would provide legal protection to men entering restrooms, locker rooms, and other locations where women and girls would otherwise expect to be free of any men present.
Depending on where you are registered to vote, you may see other ballot measures that are called "Proposition 1." For example, a proposed State of Texas constitutional amendment is listed as "Proposition 1" and deals with homestead exemptions and Harris County has a "Proposition 1" related to road improvement bonds.
As you encourage others to vote "no" on this proposed city ordinance, be sure to specify that it is the City of Houston Proposition 1.
Learn more about the implications of the ordinance at NoOnHoustonProp1.net. Whether you are able to cast your vote on the City of Houston's Proposition 1 or not, pray for it to be defeated.
NOTE: Churches are allowed under the Internal Revenue Code to encourage their members to vote for or against legislation based on their Biblical teaching (such as this ordinance) without putting their tax-exempt status in jeopardy.
In October 2014, the United States Supreme Court gave approval to a new voter ID law in Texas. Now, voters must present one of the following photo IDs when casting their vote in person:
Learn more about the voter ID law at the Texas Secretary of State's website.
Ballots in the November 2015 General Election will focus mostly on local races for elected office. In Houston, that includes the Mayor, City Council, and Controller. Voters will also elect Houston Community College and HISD Trustees.
In terms of ballot measures, voters throughout Texas will decide proposed constitutional amendments, Harris County residents will determine several bond propositions, and City of Houston voters will vote on the proposed equal rights ordinance.
You can find sample ballots for your county at the following websites:
Houston's First provides links below to online voter guides for your convenience and consideration. These and many others are readily available by searching online.
Oct 19-Oct 30
Early Voting by personal appearance is available for registered voters in Texas from Mon, Oct 19, through Fri, Oct 30.
During this time, voters may vote at any of the designated Early Voting polling locations within the county in which they are registered to vote. The Early Voting polling locations are likely different from your designated Election Day polling location.
Click your county for a list of polling locations and their respective daily schedules:
Tue, Nov 3
If you do not cast your vote during the Early Voting period, you will have to cast your vote in person at your designated polling location on Election Day, Nov 3. Your Election Day polling location is based on the address at which you are registered to vote.
Click your county to find your designated Election Day polling location and its respective schedule. Keep in mind that polling locations often change from one election to the next! So, be sure to verify where you should go before heading to the polls on Tuesday!