By Melanie J. Knox, Opinion Editor
Students have the opportunity to vote at University Church of Christ Saturday on the 22 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.
The propositions include authorizing the legislature to determine limitations on non-economic damages in civil lawsuits against doctors and health providers and allowing cities to borrow up to $250 million from the state to improve the infrastructure and thus have a better chance of keeping Dyess Air Force Base.
Most students said that they would not vote, and many claimed ignorance.
“I didn’t know anything about it,” said Christy Weathers, junior English major from Abilene. “Perhaps if I’d had a bit more information I would have been inclined to be involved.”
Shi Williams, senior marketing major from San Antonio, didn’t know about the voting either.
“I don’t even know what the Texas Constitution says anyway,” she said.
“I’m not that aware of what’s going on,” said Jacob Pernell, senior social work major from Miami. “I’d like to make myself more aware, but not right now.”
Some students, like Nichole Brezel, junior speech pathology major from Fort Worth, aren’t registered.
“I don’t know how, and I’ve never gotten around to it,” she said.
Travis Tidmore, senior music education major from Los Angeles, isn’t a registered voter in Texas, but he is in California.
“I’m spending my time trying to decide between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gary Coleman in the California gubernatorial race,” he said.
A few students are jumping at the chance to vote.
“I’m definitely going to vote,” said Meredith Garrett, freshman special education major from Fort Worth. “You can’t complain about what’s going on around you unless you’re involved and actively promoting a change.”