The most common way to amend the Texas Constitution is through the special election process. These constitutional amendment elections are typically held in off-years, and are usually the only items on the ballot. What does this mean for the people’s knowledge of, and participation in, changing our governing document? Let’s find out!
First, read this Texas Tribune article about the 2019 constitutional amendment election: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/11/06/texas-2019-election-voter-turnout/
Go to the “Turnout and Voter Registration” page on the Texas Secretary of State’s webpage:
Create a chart that tracks voter turnout for each of the November (general) elections from 2001-2019** (these will be marked as either “General, November (Gubernatorial),” “Special, November (Constitutional),” or “General, November (Presidential).”
Discuss these results, considering the following:
** Please note: In 2003, the Constitutional amendment election was held in September, rather than November (for reasons I cannot remember). Please include this election, too.
Select a current (less than 12 months old) journal article on an international homeland security issue to review in a 4-6 substantive page paper prepared using the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition style guide. Identify the issue, review the author’s position, develop pros and cons to the author’s position, and summarize with recommendations. A journal is a scholarly publication addressed to a particular professional audience such as doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers, or accountants and published by a professional organization. They may contain research articles, reports, and practical articles applicable to the profession. Newspapers are not journals. News magazines and websites are not journals.