Amid a slew of candidate races in Tuesday’s statewide primary election, Republican voters across Texas also decided on 10 important propositions—belief statements that will help guide the party for the upcoming state legislative session.
The propositions reveal voters’ opinion on a variety of important issues, from protecting children from abortion to ending property taxes to banning forced vaccines, and can be a tool to spur state lawmakers to enact the citizens’ desires.
On Tuesday, nearly 2 million voters overwhelmingly said “yes” to all 10, approving all of them by at least 75 percent and five of them by 90-plus percent. Moving forward, party delegates will use the results at the GOP state convention this summer while they deliberate the party’s platform (the statement of beliefs) and their priority to-do list for the Republican-controlled state Legislature next year.
The full list of propositions is below:
Border Security – (92 percent approval)
“In light of the federal government’s refusal to defend the southern border, Texas should immediately deploy the National Guard, Texas Military Forces, and necessary state law enforcement to seal the border, enforce immigration laws, and deport illegal aliens.”
Eliminate Property Taxes – (76 percent approval)
“Texas should eliminate all property taxes within ten (10) years without implementing a state income tax.”
Vaccine Mandate – (88 percent approval)
“Texans should not lose their job nor students be penalized for declining a COVID-19 vaccine.”
Parents’ Rights and Critical Race Theory – (91 percent approval)
“Texas schools should teach students basic knowledge and American exceptionalism and reject Critical Race Theory and other curricula that promote Marxist doctrine and encourage division based on creed, race, or economic status.”
Right to Life – (83 percent approval)
“Texas should enact a State Constitutional Amendment to defend the sanctity of innocent human life, created in the image of God, from fertilization until natural death.”
Committee Chairs – (81 percent approval)
“The Republican-controlled Texas Legislature should end the practice of awarding committee chairmanships to Democrats.”
Election Security – (95 percent approval)
“Texas should protect the integrity of our elections by verifying that registered voters are American citizens, restoring felony penalties and enacting civil penalties for vote fraud, and fighting any federal takeover of state elections.”
Child Mutilation Experiments – (93 percent approval)
“Texas should ban chemical castration, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and genital mutilation surgery on all minor children for sex transition purposes.”
Parental Educational Relief – (87 percent approval)
“Texas parents and guardians should have the right to select schools, whether public or private, for their children, and the funding should follow the student.”
Freedom of Conscience – (93 percent approval)
“Texans affirm that our freedoms come from God and that the government should have no control over the conscience of individuals.”