(Seguin) -- Voters in Guadalupe County will continue to enjoy the ease of Voting Centers when they head to the polls in March for the Republican and Democratic primaries.
Guadalupe County Elections Administrator Lisa Adam, speaking before the Guadalupe County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, said that the new voting centers worked well during the elections held last November. She says they have been cleared by the office of Texas Secretary of State Rolando B. Pablos to continue to use the countywide polling place program. Adam says the program was well received by voters in the fall. The program allowed voters to cast their election day ballots at any polling location in the county.
"We have been successful in applying to the state for successful designation for vote centers. So moving forward we have the freedom to use vote centers in elections, which we feel would be beneficial. As I think we all agreed, it has been beneficial so far in what we've done. So I'm happy to say we've been approved in moving foward. We can continue to use vote centers," said Adam.
Voters over the years have had the flexibility of casting that ballots early at any of the early voting locations in the county, regardless of where they live. The vote centers brought a similar process to the election day voting. Judge Kutscher praised Adam for helping to bring the service to Guadalupe County voters.
"That was one of the things that she talked about (early on) -- actually during our conversations (with her) through the interview process, before she ever started. Then when she came on board here at the county, she really took hold of this and moved it forward. (We) had many discussions with court members and the elections office and others, and coordinated efforts to try to get this completed. The whole idea with the vote centers was to promote convenience, first and foremost. I think it's going to be a process that has to be refined over time, because everything is always fluent, it's always moving and changing. But what's nice now with this letter, it gives the county the opportunity to make those changes to benefit our voters as we see and as we need. Sonya, I'm extremely happy that we were able to get this, but it's really because of the time and effort that you spent on it," said Kutscher.
The good news from the secretary of state, that the program could continue, came at a perfect time. Adam told the court her office is now preparing for the March Republican and Democratic primaries. The party sponsored elections are again being held jointly in Guadalupe County.
"As you know we are approaching a March primary for 2018. I've been in discussion with both the Rrepublican Party and Democratic Party. They wish to move forward with the joint election as we have in previous primaries. So in order to do that we had a resolution where everyone has agreed they would like to move forward in this fashion," said Adam.
Adam says the vote centers will be in place on election day, Tuesday, March 6. She says the same early voting locations will also in place for these elections.
"This is going to be the same early voting locations that we have been using. We have our main early voting location at the Seguin Elections Office. We (also) have CTTC, Grace Memorial, the Schertz Elections Office and New Berlin City Hall. Same ones we've used. We're not changing anything. It's just approval of the schedule and the locations, so that we can get that out to the voters (and they) can start preparing to come and vote for the primary," said Adam.
The commissioners court granted unanimous support for all of the voting plans necessary for the March 6 primaries.