POSTED: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 9:04am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:25pm
State legislators are hoping voters head out to mark their ballots for eleven proposed constitutional amendments.
Local leaders are pushing to get one of those items through, and if it passes it could turn UTEP into a research powerhouse.
If Proposition Four passes, it could help UTEP become a tier one school, which means more money could be directed to the school for research, campus expansions and more national recognition.
Right now, there are only three tier one schools in Texas - University of Texas, Rice and Texas A&M.
Along with Proposition Four, there are ten other propositions on the ballot. Another amendment generating interest would bar governments from taking private property to increase their tax base.
It's also election day in Las Cruces.
7 candidates are on the ballot for three city council seats and one municipal judge position.
Incumbent Dolores Archuleta is facing off against Olga Pedroza for district three. Incumbent Gil Jones and Gill Sorg are fighting for the district five seat. For city council district 6, incumbent Sharon Thomas and James Harbison are on the ballot. Incumbent James Locatelli is running unopposed for municipal court judge.
Over 125,000 Texas voters have already cast their ballot early. As of Friday, nearly 4,500 people had voted early in El Paso. Local election officials expect nearly 20,000 voters for this election.
Polls in El Paso are open from 7 am to 7 pm.