The on-campus polling location will be open for two days next week in addition to Election Day. The county also added two more polling locations in San Marcos, Texas.
Austin, Texas -- After facing a potential lawsuit over violations to the Texas Elections Code and the U.S. Constitution, the Hays County Commissioners Court decided to re-open the on-campus polling location at Texas State University as well as two new sites for early voting in Hays County.
The change in policy comes after the Texas Civil Rights Project today sent a demand letter on behalf of two Texas State University Students, the League of Women Voters - Hays Co and MOVE Texas Action Fund to Hays County demanding that they reopen the on-campus polling location at Texas State University for Early Voting and Election Day.
The groups argued that the temporary on-campus polling location was not adequate for the nearly 40,000 students at Texas State University. Indeed, on the third day of Early Voting, the on-campus polling location was the busiest site in Hays County.
The new polling locations are:
Early Voting on Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd Precinct 3: Texas State University Lyndon B. Johnson Student Center Precinct 1: Belterra Welcome Center Precinct 4: Live Oaks/Hays County Health Department
Election Day on Tuesday, November 6th
Precinct 3: Texas State University Lyndon B. Johnson Student Center
"This is an enormous victory for our clients and students at Texas State University. We thank the County Commissioners for their decision and their commitment to working with us to ensure that students can cast a ballot that counts," said Beth Stevens, the Voting Rights Legal Director with the Texas Civil Rights Project. "We encourage eligible students to go out and cast their ballot in this record-breaking election."
"Today is an incredible victory for young Texans. Because of Texas State students, community partners, and MOVE organizers, this expansion of youth voting rights was possible," said H. Drew Galloway, Executive Director of MOVE Texas. "We commend the Hays County Commissioners and Elections Office for expanding the opportunity for young people to vote in this important election."
"We are very excited for the Texas State students. It is their voices we have been fighting for. Thank you to the Hays County Commissioners for listening to your constituents and making this happen," said Linda McGee Calvert, President, League of Women Voters of Hays County