Guadalupe County approved for Countywide Precinct Polling Place Program
Posted on 8/2/2017 7:37:00 AM.

(Seguin) -- Voting on election day in Guadalupe County will officially be easier and more convenient. The Guadalupe County Election's Office is pleased to announce that beginning this November, any voter in Guadalupe County will be able to cast their ballot at any polling site on election day.

Election's Administrator Lisa Adam says those days of having to turn a voter away because he or she is not at the right polling location is finally over. She says the county is grateful to be among the few selected communities in Texas approved for the Countywide Precinct Polling Place Program by the Secretary of State's Office.

"I'm so excited that we've been selected for this program. The state had six slots for a county our size. I don't really know how many applications they received. They can accept applications up until I think August 24. So I'm not really sure. I know one county had already been approved before we were. I'm so excited that we got our application in in time and we got approved. Now, we can move forward with our plans for implementing vote centers for November. It's really exciting," said Adam.

Adam says the details behind the countywide program are simple.

"As far as early voting, nothing will change. Our early voting will be exactly the same. You can go to any of the five Guadalupe County early voting locations and vote just like you normally do if that's your choice. We don't want to discourage people from doing that, but if you prefer to vote on election day with Vote Centers -- any Guadalupe County registered voter will be able to go to any Guadalupe County election day voting location and vote as if they were in their own voting precinct. They will still get the ballot that has all the content that is particular to their precinct that they reside in and all the districts that pertain to them. It will be their complete ballot, but they can vote it at any Guadalupe County election day location -- way more convenient. That's the key to this -- I believe -- for our voters is a convenient factor," said Adam.

Adam says Guadalupe County is definitely ahead of the curve when it comes to implementing this Countywide Precinct Polling Place Program. She says it won't be a surprise if this is indeed the wave of the future.

"Well, there's not that many counties comparably speaking that are doing Vote Centers right now. I believe there's 43 in the last November election that were approved to use Vote Centers and there are 254 counties in Texas. So this is something that I think is catching on and eventually, I think as the results come in and the voters are really excited and happy about it -- I think we may see more counties moving to this, but I would say it's fair to say that it's fairly a new program that people are moving to," said Adam.

Election officials hope that voters begin sharing this information with others in time for the Nov. 7 General and Special Elections.

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