Democratic voters in Fort Bend County will cast ballots for or against 11 propositions in the March 3 Democratic primary election. Early voting begins Feb. 18. The propositions are non-binding, but reveal to the public and elected representatives what Republicans statewide support in public policy. The 11 propositions are:
PROPOSITION 1 ■ Right to Healthcare: Should everyone in Texas have a right to quality healthcare, protected by a universally accessible Medicare-style system that saves rural hospitals, reduces the cost of prescription drugs, and guarantees access to reproductive healthcare? Yes or No?
PROPOSITION 2 ■ Right to a 21st Century Public Education Should everyone in Texas have the right to high-quality public education from pre-k to 12th grade, and affordable college and career training without the burden of crushing student loan debt? Yes or no?
PROPOSITION 3 ■ Right to Clean Air, Safe Water, and a Responsible Climate Policy: Should everyone in Texas have the right to clean air, safe water, affordable and sustainable alternative energy sources, and a responsible climate policy that recognizes and addresses the climate crisis as a real and serious threat that impacts every aspect of life on this planet? Yes or no?
PROPOSITION 4 ■ Right to Economic Security: Should everyone in Texas have the right to economic security, where all workers have earned paid family and sick leave, training to prepare for future economies, and a living wage that respects their hard work? Yes or no?
PROPOSITION 5 ■ Right to Dignity & Respect: Should everyone in Texas have the right to a life of dignity and respect, free from discrimination and harassment anywhere, including businesses and public facilities, no matter how they identify, the color of their skin, whom they love, socioeconomic status, disability status, housing status, or from where they come? Yes or no?
PROPOSITION 6 ■ Right to Be Free From Violence Should everyone in Texas have the right to live a life free from violence — gun violence, racial hatred, terrorism, domestic violence, bullying, harassment or sexual assault — so Texans can grow in a safe environment? Yes or no?
PROPOSITION 7 ■ Right to Housing Should everyone in Texas have the right to affordable and accessible housing and modern utilities (electricity, water, gas and high speed internet) free from any form of discrimination? Yes or no?
PROPOSITION 8 ■ Right to Vote Should every eligible Texan have the right to vote, made easier by automatic voter registration, the option to vote by mail, guaranteed early and mobile voting stations, and a state election holiday — free from corporate campaign influence, foreign and domestic interference and gerrymandering? Yes or no?
PROPOSITION 9 ■ Right to a Fair Criminal Justice System Should everyone in Texas have the right to a fair criminal justice system that treats people equally, uses proven methods for de-escalating situations instead of excessive force, and puts an end to the mass and disproportionate incarceration of people of color for minor offenses? Yes or no?
PROPOSITION 10 ■ Immigrant Rights Should there be a just and fair comprehensive immigration reform solution that includes an earned path to citizenship for law-abiding immigrants and their children, keep families together, protects DREAMers, and provides workforce solutions for businesses? Yes or no?
PROPOSITION 11 ■ Right to Fair Taxation Should Texas establish an equitable taxation for people at all income levels and for businesses and corporations, large and small, so our state government can fund our educational, social, infrastructure, business, and all government services to improve programs necessary for all Texans to thrive? Yes or no?