By Wyatt Goolsby
MIDLAND COUNTY - When Texans head to the polls for the March 2nd primaries, they may be surprised at what they find. Republican ballots include a number of propositions, including what voters think about the role of God and the Ten Commandment when it comes government buildings. On Wednesday, NewsWest 9 took a closer look at the propositions, and what they mean to you, the voter.
From God to government spending, if you take a minute to read a Republican ballot for the upcoming primaries, odds are you'll find something you have a personal opinion on. The five total can be found after all the names, and as we found at Wednesday's Republican Women's Luncheon, there's no shortage on opinions.
First, proposition one: The Texas Legislature should enact legislation that requires voters to provide valid photo ID to cast a ballot.
"I fully agree with proposition one," Ross Bush, who is running for Midland County District Clerk, said. "It should be a photo ID for any type of voting, for registering, then voting, it should always be maintained and be used every time. That way you can't falsify any type of voting records."
Propositions 2 and 3 are all about the budget, and how much state and federal government can and should spend in a tough economy. Many argue government should be tightening the belt.
"Absolutely, they need to quit spending," Betty Harris, who is also running for Midland County District Clerk, explained. "We've got to watch what we spend, or we are going to be a bankrupt country and other countries are going to have us and then we are going to have to perform for them. What are we going to do?"
Finally, some say propositions 4 and 5 are the most controversial. Proposition 5 would require a mother who elects to have an abortion be required to look at her sonogram. Proposition 4 states all public gatherings, including government buildings be allowed to include God or Prayers.
"We've tried to be so politically correct in the past that we don't use it, that we take it away from our schools, our courthouses, our money, it's time that we stand up and let the God fearing people use the word 'God' and the Ten Commandments just like the atheists and the Muslims use their religion and their monikers to express their ideas," Bush explained.
"I believe we need to keep prayer and God in our schools, our government and all over," Harris added. "I grew up with God and the Constitution, and saying the pledge at school, and they can't do that anymore. I think everybody should be able to have that right. It's a free country."
Midland County's Republican Party has not officially made a comment on any of the propositions, but Ector County Republicans told NewsWest 9 that all of the propositions are non-binding, and could be used to help survey Republicans on how they feel about the issues.
Of course, it's up to the individual party if they want to add a proposition to a ballot. In the state of Texas, there are no propositions on the Democratic ballot.
Election day is March 2nd, with early voting starting Tuesday, February 16th.