Saturday, April 28, 2012

Remember to check your voting precinct, location – and no, there are NO constitutional amendments on the ballot

Early voting starts April 30 for city, school elections; May 14 for primaries
Contact: Laureen Chernow
Hays County Communications Specialist
Office: 512.393.2296, Internal 1-2296

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – Hays County Elections Administrator and Voter Registrar Joyce Cowan is reminding voters to check their precinct numbers and polling places before heading to the polls for early voting.

“Because of redistricting, many precincts have changed boundaries, and you may not be in the same precinct you were in during the last election,” Cowan said. “The delay in finalizing redistricting has also caused several elections throughout the county to be held almost back-to-back, with each election having different locations for early voting. This could cause some confusion among voters.”

In addition, the County Elections Department, which was previously on Broadway Street in San Marcos, is now at the Government Center at 712 South Stagecoach Trail in San Marcos (more info/map), on the north side of Wonder World Drive. At the Government Center, voters should follow signs directing them to the entrance designated for voting.

The County has complete voting information, including sample ballots, at The Elections Department can also be reached at 512.393.7310.

Upcoming elections include city and school districts on May 12 (early voting April 30 through May 8) and primary party elections May 29 (early voting May 14-25). Primary runoff elections will be held July 31 (early voting July 23-27) unless changed by federal courts. The Secretary of State Office also has information at

No Homestead Amendment on May Ballot;
Old Email to Blame for Causing Confusion

As May elections approach, Hays County Elections Administrator and Voter Registrar Joyce Cowan said that her office is already getting calls about an out-of-date email erroneously urging voters to take action on a statewide constitutional amendment on homestead exemptions.

“There are no constitutional amendments at all on the May ballot,” Cowan said. “An old email from 2007 is circulating again misinforming voters that there is a constitutional amendment on the ballot that could change the homestead exemption. That amendment was passed in 2007 and has been in effect since then and is not part of the May elections.”

Hays County has posted sample ballots on its website at as well as additional helpful information about the elections. The Elections Department staff is available to answer questions at 512.393.7310 or in person at 712 South Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos. 

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