For Tuesday, August 13th, the Hays County Commissioners Court has the locations of Vote Centers as Item #33 on their posted agenda. The item says "discussion and possible action to approve ... locations." The goal is to have the centers in place for the November 2019 Constitutional Amendment Election.
However, the League of Women Voters is concerned. The proposed locations were released late on Friday and neither the commissioners nor the public have had a chance to study the locations critically. To promote more transparency in the process, the League is asking for more time for public input to this important decision.
A one-week delay in voting does not violate the required deadlines. We are, therefore, asking that the commissioner's court delay the vote on Vote Center locations for one week and provide a viable and transparent process for public input.
The Vote Center locations are listed here. Note that the Texas State location is yet to be decided. Please look over the locations, particularly for your community, to make sure everyone has good access for voting. If you have contacts in any community groups that tend to have low participation rates in voting, reach out and encourage their review of these locations.
Any League members who are available are asked to please attend the Commissioners Court meeting on Tuesday, 9 a.m. Consider signing up to speak even if you decide later that it is not necessary. To sign up, complete the form with the item number of interest and submit it to the County Clerk before the meeting is gavelled into session at 9:00 a.m. sharp.
Another item of potential interest on the Court's agenda is the proposed selection of Election Judges and Alternates for the four precincts. That's #32 on the agenda.
If you cannot attend in person but would like to submit comments by email, here is the contact information.
Pct. 1 Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe: Debbiei@co.hays.tx.us;
Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark Jones: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Pct. 3 Commissioner Lon Shell: email@example.com;
Pct. 4 Commissioner Walt Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org;
County Judge Ruben Becerra: email@example.com.
Upon your request, your email could be entered into the public record.