Pflugerville voters inundated with ballot propositions

Pflugerville voters in line (KXAN Photo)
Pflugerville voters in line (KXAN Photo)

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) – This November, Pflugerville voters will head to the polling booths to cast their vote for president, mayor and a few other local issues. They will also be hit with a blizzard of ballot propositions.

This year there are 28 propositions to vote on for those who live in Pflugerville — the second highest in the city’s history.

While many people wait in hour-long lines during this early voting period, the hefty list of propositions adds even more time to the experience. “I waited in line for about an hour, then it took me 15-20 minutes once I was inside going through everything,” said one voter on Thursday.

The 28 propositions were set by a city council-appointed Charter Review Commission, which meets every five years. The commission held monthly meetings for six months before creating the final list voters see on the ballot.

“It’s very important. It basically determines how the city operates and what they can and can’t do —  what staff and elected officials can and can’t do in many different instances,” said Pflugerville Council Member Wayne Cooper.

It’s so important, election workers are handing out info flyers to voters waiting in line. But with so much information, it could create a nasty side effect: voters simply skipping over the confusion.

“That’s what I almost did. But I said, ‘Girl, you have to go back through here and you have to read everything that’s on here and make the right choice’,” said Pflugerville voter Katavious Hodge. It’s got some voters wondering, how many is too many?

“I think it’s a lot for people to digest and I’m a bit worried that people probably aren’t reading through the whole ballot because you get reading fatigue,” said Reagan Duggan.

The city said they addressed the concern leading up to the election. “Council discussed that while we were discussing the charter amendments. However, by our charter, we have to bring the suggested charter revisions to the voters that are prepared by the charter commission,” Cooper said.

For now, voters and city officials are encouraging people to do their homework and read through the propositions before heading to the lines.

“I think it would be better to be prepared. To actually read ahead of time to know what that charter amendments say,” Cooper said. Read a list of the propositions here. 

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