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The Latest: Polls open in Texas, 7 constitutional amendments

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The latest developments from Election Day in Texas (all times local):

8 a.m.

Polls have opened across the state as voters on Tuesday consider seven proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.

Residents of Houston will also decide whether to grant non-discrimination protections for gay and transgender people, plus pick a new mayor. Houston Mayor Annise Parker is limited from running again due to term limits.

Voters in House District 118 will pick a replacement for state Rep. Joe Farias. The five-term Democrat from San Antonio in August announced his resignation from the Legislature.

Polls are open until 7 p.m. Tuesday.


12:05 a.m.

Voters statewide will decide on seven proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution that could cut property taxes, pump at least $2.5 billion annually into traffic-clogged roads, solidify hunting and fishing as constitutionally protected rights and allow some elected officials to live outside Austin.

But attracting the most attention is Houston, which votes Tuesday on whether to grant non-discrimination protections for gay and transgender people.

An ordinance originally approved by city officials last year has drawn support from the White House and Apple. But it’s opposed by conservative pastors who have religious objections to homosexuality.

America’s fourth-largest city is also electing a successor to term-limited Mayor Annise Parker, who is openly gay. The nonpartisan field features seven hopefuls, making a runoff between the top-two finishers seem likely.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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