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Early voting guide: Voters decide on decriminalization of weed in May 7 election

(Austonia)

Early voting for the May 7 election has begun, in which voters will have one local ballot item and two statewide items to cast a vote on.


This election is the first of two in May. The second is a Primary run-off on May 24.

Here's everything you need to know about the election before heading to the polls.

What to know before you go

Early voting lasts through May 3 with Election Day on May 7.

The time to register to vote has passed in this election, check if you are registered before heading to the polls here.

You'll need a valid photo ID to present at the polls.

Voters can head to any polling location in the county they live in to cast their ballot. There are more than 30 early voting locations in Travis County to cast a ballot.

Travis County polling locations are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Additional polling locations will be added on Election Day.

View wait times at polling locations here.

What you are voting on

The only local item on the ballot comes after a petition by Ground Game Texas won enough signatures.

Labeled Proposition A on the ballot, voters will decide on the decriminalizing of small amounts of weed and the banning of no-knock warrants in one single vote.

While less than 4 oz of weed is already decriminalized in Austin, the proposition would cement the decriminalization further by putting it in city code. This would mean police could still seize suspected marijuana, but they would not be able to charge most suspects for a marijuana offense.

And the ban on no-knock warrants would mean police could no longer utilize the option to get a warrant and show up unannounced. KUT reports there were three times last year no-knock warrants were used by Austin Police.

On the statewide items, two constitutional amendments will be on the ballot.

Proposition 1 would reduce schools' property tax bills imposed on disabled residents or those over the age of 65.

Proposition 2 would raise the homestead exemption Texans can take on their school district property taxes from $25,000 to $40,000.

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