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Victoria officials support new voting practice

By Melissa Crowe
Nov. 18, 2013 at 5:18 a.m.


COMMISSIONERS ALSO ...

• Tabled the vote on renovations to the county clerk's office to accommodate court personnel

• Approved the purchase of two vehicles for the sheriff's office

• Adopted new political boundaries for commissioners court and Justice precincts 1 and 3 to move the Hartman Distributing building to Precinct 1. No homes were affected.

The TURNOUT

• Highest turnout: 1. Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center, 1,920 (includes early voting)2. Holy Family, 2013. DeLeon, 156 4. Vickers, 138 5. Rowland, 975. Aloe, 95

• Lowest turnout: 1. Family Worship, 42. McFaddin, 43. Dudley, 124. F.W. Gross, 125. Howell, 16

With the results of the constitutional amendment election in, Victoria officials reflected Monday on vote centers, a new practice for casting ballots.

Victoria County Commissioners accepted the results of the election during Monday morning's meeting and agreed the countywide vote centers helped boost voter turnout.

"I think that had a lot to do with it," County Judge Don Pozzi said. "As we move forward with future elections, this will certainly benefit and improve the number of voters."

Commissioners had previously turned the idea down when it involved closing several polling sites.

"Based on previous discussion, I seriously doubt the court will entertain any idea of closures in the near future," Pozzi said.

Josie Salas of the Victoria County Elections Administrator's Office presented the results to commissioners.

While the new administration office at Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center on North Navarro Street had the highest turnout, Salas said some precincts saw low numbers, including the McFaddin center, which had four voters.

Under the vote center system , voters are allowed to cast their ballots at any of the polling booths in the county.

Salas also said there were no issues with the new law which requires voters to show proof of a photo ID.

Commissioner Danny Garcia said the process was "very easy."

"It was a good move," he said.

The county judge said he is looking forward to increased participation in upcoming elections.

"We made it more convenient for people to vote," he said.

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