Voting in the primary election begins soon.
Here’s what you need to know.
Countywide Polling Sites
There were big changes to elections in Hays County in November 2019. Before then voters had to vote at their assigned precinct on Election Day. The new countywide polling place program allows registered voters to cast a ballot at any Hays County polling site, regardless of the precinct in which they live.
Polling Site Changes
Some polling sites have changed since November. See the new list of Early Voting and Election Day Vote Centers for the March 3, 2020 Primary Election here.
New Voting Machines
For the first time since 2004, Hays County has new voting machines. The new voting machines are called ballot marking devices and provide the following features:
- Voter-friendly electronic voter interface
- Easy-to-read, anonymous printed vote records
- ADA-compliant accessible interfaces
- Paper back-ups
Watch a Video to See How the Machines Work
The machines work differently, so we suggest watching the video linked below before you go vote. It’s easy!
Important Upcoming Election Dates
- Feb. 3 — Last Day to Register to Vote
- (Received, not postmarked)
- Feb. 18 — First Day of Early Voting
- Feb. 21 — Last Day to Apply for a Vote by Mail Ballot
- (Received, not postmarked)
- Feb. 28 — Last Day of Early Voting
- March 3 — Election Day
Who is on the Ballot?
To see the master sample ballots for the Hays County Republican Party or the Democratic Party primary election visit these links. Republican: https://bit.ly/36VlHba, Democratic https://bit.ly/3b6ozVA.
In addition, the two major parties have a series of ballot propositions. If you are not sure which party is the best fit for you, you can read the Republican propositions here and Democratic propositions here. (They are also on the master sample ballots at the links above.)
You can find pictures of candidates, brief bios, and links to newspaper articles about them on Ballotpedia. You can select your preferences and print out your personalized ballot to take wiht you to the polls. Neutral information gathered by the League of Women Voters including candidates' responses to questions are available on Vote411.org.
The ballot is pretty long. May I bring notes?
You may print out a sample ballot, fill it in, and take it into the voting booth with you. You may bring in other written notes. Please keep your notes in your purse or pocket while in line. It may be construed as campaign literature, which may not be displayed within 100 feet of a polling site.
The law prohibits the use of “electronic communication devices” in a polling site. During the training for election judges, the Hays County Elections Administrator said that votersmay consult notes on their phones while voting. However, you may not email, text or take pictures inside the polling site.
Hays County Elections Office — (512) 393-7310, https://hayscountytx.com/departments/elections
League of Women Voters — www.VOTE411.org
Ballotpedia — https://ballotpedia.org/
LWVTX Texas Voter at link
Election Protection Hotline (report voting inequities):
866-OUR-VOTE / (866) 687-8683