Public hearing set to discuss countywide polling sites

June 11, 2013 at 1:11 a.m.

A public hearing set for 5:30 p.m. June 19 will discuss changing Election Day polling locations in Victoria County to countywide polling sites.

The hearing will be at the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center and concerns the Texas Election Code, which provides for countywide polling locations in a county for uniform election days in May or November. The county is considering approving both election days.

The locations will be known as vote centers, and an Election Day vote center would allow voters to cast a ballot at any open polling place. Currently, voters may only vote at their precinct polling location.

Vote centers will allow the county to open fewer polling locations for a specific election that involves no less than 65 percent of the total number of election precincts covered in an election.

Through public participation, the hearing will assist the county in determining the locations to establish the centers.

The hearing will also help officials understand whether vote centers will be used for all elections, such as city, school district, college and water district elections.

For more information, contact the elections office at 361-576-0124 or email the office at



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