Calhoun County agenda item explained

Sept. 7, 2011 at 4:07 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

I opened my Sept. 3 Victoria Advocate to find my name had been used several times in Connie Hunt's letter to the editor, and she had misquoted me.

Notice of Meeting of the Commissioners' Court of Calhoun County, Texas, for Aug. 25, Item 8, read: "Consider and Take Necessary Action on combining polling locations for the Nov. 8, 2011 Election." Dora Garcia, Calhoun County Election Administrator, discussed this agenda item with both parties before asking to put it on the Aug. 25 Notice. She presented the plan to the court to combine precincts since general elections held for the sole purpose of voting on state constitution amendments usually experience a low turnout and fewer polling places would be needed.

This plan would save considerable money. Our county judge asked if there were any comments. The Republican chair, Russell Cain, had no comments. I, the Democratic Party chair, said I approved of the plan as presented. Hunt said she wanted this combined precinct plan to be the same for all future elections. The agenda Item 8 was up for voting, not all elections in the future, Connie. Discussion or voting on anything not on the agenda is a violation of the Open Meeting Law. I can't imagine wanting to deny any voter the right to vote in his own precinct during heavy turnout elections such as we will undoubtedly experience in our presidential 2012 primaries and general election unless you want to suppress voting. Connie, is that what you want to do?

Hunt brought up all of this "Hoopla" about cutting education and services, but when it comes to elections, Democrats are "Not concerned with the cost." The Republican secretary of state finds no problem with the cost of our Democratic primaries. So, Connie, are you saying your secretary of state is not concerned with the cost? Democrats and independent-thinking voters want education of our children to be our highest priority, and we also want every voter to have the opportunity to vote. If that is "Hoopla," let's "Hoop" it up.

Evelyn Burleson, chair, Calhoun County Democratic Party, Port Lavaca



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