Proposed constitutional amendment wording causes voter confusion

DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - Early voting started Monday in Texas, and there is one constitutional amendment voters might want to read a couple of times to get the result they're hoping for.

There are 10 amendments on the ballot, but the one that is giving people trouble is Proposition Four, which deals with a state income tax.

"I read it, re-read it, it's very confusing so be prepared and be educated," voter Michelle Kelley said.

It all comes down to the word "prohibit."

"The wording is kind of misleading, I had to read it a couple of times to make sure, it said 'prohibit'," voter Everett Taylor said.

Taylor said he hopes people read carefully.

A vote for the proposition means voters agree with it and do not want a state income tax.

A vote against it means voters do want lawmakers to continue to have the ability to tax income.

"Read it careful because they've got the words scrambled up kind of like trick questions," Taylor said.

Representative Reggie Smith said in a statement that voting yes for Proposition Four will constitutionally prohibit a state income tax, which could only be undone by a majority vote agreeing to amend the state's constitution and repeal the ban.

However, voting no does not mean an income tax will be put into place, but it will give lawmakers the option in the future.

Kelley said she is concerned.

"I'm afraid that everybody is going to read it incorrectly and we're going to get what we don't want," Kelley said.

Texas is one of seven states without a personal income tax.