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Election results: Austin voters overwhelmingly pass decriminalization of marijuana

(Isabel Lanaux/Austonia)

In this weekend election, local voters chose by overwhelming margins to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, end “no-knock” warrants, raise the homestead exemption on school district property taxes and stay connected to Capital Metro.


Austin

Proposition A

For: 85%

Against: 15%

Total votes: 81,959

Austin voters overwhelmingly voted to pass Prop A, which will decriminalize possession of less than 4 oz. of marijuana in as well as eliminate “no-knock” warrants. While that amount of weed was already decriminalized in Austin, the decision will cement it into city code.

Police will still be able to seize marijuana but will not be able to charge most Austinites for an offense.

Leander

Proposition A

For: 59%

Against: 41%

Total votes: 4,778

Leander voters are holding strong with Capital Metro, with 59% voting for Proposition A. CapMetro runs a commuter bus route from Leander to downtown Austin, on-demand Pickup services and a commuter rail link to Austin. Supporters hoped for increased connection to Austin through the light-rail system that will be developed as part of Project Connect.

Had the partnership been voted down, the city would have owed an estimated $42.3 million as a penalty before a 1% sales tax was redirected to Leander's general revenue fund to be used for economic development, public transportation and infrastructure to support growth.

Proposition B

For: 58%

Against: 42%

Total votes: 4,643

On Prop B, voters have decided to divert the 1% sales tax to the city’s general fund.

Texas

Proposition 1

For: 87%

Against: 13%

Total votes: 929,196

Voters chose to reduce schools' property tax bills imposed on disabled residents or those over the age of 65 by a landslide.

Proposition 2

For: 85%

Against: 15%

Total votes: 939,531

Voters chose by a huge margin to raise the homestead exemption Texans can take on their school district property taxes from $25,000 to $40,000.


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