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Early voting locations for November election OK’d

The Hays County Commissioners Court has approved early voting times and locations for the upcoming November election.

Early voting for the Nov. 8 election will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 24-28. 7am-7pm on Saturday, October 29. and 12 p.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday, October 30. Early voting will continue from Oct. 31-Nov. 4 between 7am-7pm

Commissioners approved early voting sites during Tuesday’s meeting and voted to include an additional site in Uhland in the Hays CISD Office of Transportation after concerns from community members about the lack of a site on the northeast side of the county.

Many citizens spoke publicly about the lack of a location in the Northeast. Dr. Mark Trahan, former chairman of the Hays County Democratic Party, cited problems he heard during a board of elections meeting where the locations were discussed. He highlighted discussions about Simon Middle School, a polling place on Kyle’s east side that previously served as an early voting site and is slated to serve only as a polling place on Election Day in November.

“I heard Republican Chairman Bob Parks and Sheriff Gary Cutler say there wasn’t enough of a vote [at Simon Middle School] and it wasn’t that important. That’s what I heard,” Trahan said. “And so, I want to talk to that because I took a look at the numbers and I looked it up in the primary, the last election that we had, and I found that actually for that location there were 422 votes on Election Day. This was 3.2% of the vote share across the province. That was the same number of votes as the Arnold Transportation Building on I-35. It was also more votes than Yarrington, Live Oak and Broadway, which are all designated early voting locations in this upcoming election. So the idea that he doesn’t have enough votes is just inaccurate.”

Bob Parks, chairman of the Hays County Republican Party, said there were already several sites on the east side of the county, including the nine located along the Interstate 35 corridor.

“I took my box of high-tech Cheerios and put out the county map and put a Cheerio in all the early voting locations,” Parks said. “As you know, [Elections Administrator] Jennifer [Doinoff] he has divided it by circumference. It is interesting to note that of the 13 early voting locations, two of them are in Wimberley, two are in Dripping Springs, and nine of them are immediately on the I-35 corridor, which is geographically toward the east side of the county. .

“So what are we doing here? We’re talking about an additional location where we already have nine locations,” Parks added. “If we’re going to do this philosophy, to be fair to all the people in the county that each of you represents, I suggest we put early voting stations that are outside [FM] 32, until Devil’s Backbone closes, perhaps [FM] 1826 from the Travis County line…why do all these people have to travel further to get to a polling place right now than anyone in Uhland does.

Mary Earls, board president of the Hays County League of Women Voters, supported the commissioners court adding a location on the east side.

“I know this doesn’t happen in Hays County, but we can’t have voter suppression,” Earls said. “We just can’t do it, that’s not the Hays County way… I know it’s hard work figuring out how to balance everything, but I want to encourage you to do the right thing. It is always better and better to do the right things when dealing with people’s rights. The people on the east side of this county have the right to vote. So, this morning let’s do what you have to do, because it’s going to be on your conscience, you don’t want people calling your office saying, ‘What happened to my polling place? I went there and there was nothing there. I couldn’t vote.’ I encourage you, this morning, to just try to do what’s best for the people of Hays County.”

After public comment, Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe made a motion to include the Hays CISD Office of Transportation as an early voting location. Commissioner Lon Shell agreed that having a location on State Highway 21 would be beneficial.

“It’s something that we’re reporting and there are some comments that I totally understand about there being sites that are becoming traditional voting sites,” Shell said. “That would be my reason for supporting the transportation office before a school is because it’s easier for the district to make it available not only this year but in the future, it would be better than choosing a school that looks like any other year”. I have a school that says they don’t want it [early] voting.”

Commissioners unanimously approved adding the Hays CISD Office of Transportation as an early voting location as well as all early polling locations for the Nov. 8 election.

Early voting locations in Hays County include:

LIKE MARCOS

•Broadway

•Hays County Government Center

•Texas State University LBJ Student Center

BUDDHA

•Buda City Hall

•Sunfield Station

DRIPPING SPRINGS

•Hall of Patriots

•Hays County Pct. 4 Office

KYLE

•Hays CISD Arnold Building

• Kyle Town Hall

•Live Oak Academy

•Hays County Transportation/Development Services Building, Yarrington Road

UHLAND

• Hays CISD Office of Transportation

WIMBERLEY

•Wimberley Community Center

•Texan Academy

In other election-related matters, commissioners approved an ordinance calling an election Nov. 8 to elect the following county and district officials: County District Attorney; District Court at Law #1; District Court at Law #2; District Court at Law #3; County Judge? County Treasurer; Commissioner, Pct. 2? Commissioner, Pct. 4? Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, Pl 2; Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2? Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3? Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4? and Justice of the Peace, Pct. 5.

For the full meeting and agenda, visit https://hayscountytx.com/commissioners-court/court-video.

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