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October 18th, 2010
Early voting underway this week for Nov. 2 election


Early voting in the Nov. 2 San Marcos City Council election, as well as county, state and national elections, will be held  weekdays from Monday, Oct. 18 through Friday, Oct. 29, and Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23-24.

San Marcos voters will choose a Mayor and City Council Members in Place 1, Place 2 and Place 6 on the City Council. Candidates are:

  • Mayor:  John Thomaides and Daniel Guerrero
  • Place 1: David Newman and Kim Porterfield
  • Place 2: Toby Hooper and Jude Prather
  • Place 6: Shane Scott and Rodney Van Oudekerke

The city ballot will also contain two propositions:

  • Proposition 1: Allowing the City of San Marcos to lease portions of the Recreation Building in City Park to the San Marcos Noon Lions Club for tube rental operations for five years, with four options to renew for additional five year periods.
  • Proposition 2: To add a section to the City Charter allowing the city council to appoint a city internal auditor.

Voters in both San Marcos CISD and Hays CISD will decided whether to join to the Austin Community College taxing district, opening the door to community college campuses in those communities.

Early voting will be held at the following locations and times in San Marcos:

  • Hays County Elections Office, 401-C Broadway, Oct 18-22, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Oct. 25-Oct 29 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • San Marcos Library, 625 E. Hopkins, large meeting room; Oct. 18-22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Oct. 24, 1 to 5 p.m. and Oct 25-29 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Texas State University-San Marcos, LBJ Student Center, 700 Student Center Drive; Oct. 27-28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Other early polling places in Hays County include Kyle City Hall, 100 W. Center Street, Kyle; Dripping Springs ISD Office, 510 W. Mercer, Dripping Springs; Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Road 12, Wimberley; Buda City Hall, 121 N. Main Street, Buda; Woodcreek City Hall, 41 Champion Circle, Woodcreek; Belterra Clubhouse, 801 Belterra Drive, Dripping Springs, Seton Medical Center, 6001 Kyle Parkway, Kyle.

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One thought on “Early voting underway this week for Nov. 2 election

  1. Vote NO on ACC

    To be clear, I am recommending to the voting citizens of the San Marcos CISD to vote NO to allow annexation into the Austin Community College district.

    It hurts me to suggest to anyone to vote against any type of education, truly it does. But in this case, we must. We cannot allow over 3 million dollars to leave this community for only a thousand students. One thousand and forty eight, to be exact. That is ACC’s estimate of the number of students in San Marcos that will enroll the first year at the lower rate, assuming this passes. ACC’s estimate for year two? Only 1,386 students.

    Where did I get these numbers? From a presentation last spring, by Stephen Kinslow (president of ACC), at a meeting of the Governmental Affairs committee of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce.

    If I thought that everyone in the SMCISD who is unemployed or underemployed would attend ACC and become fully employed, I could get behind this. If only half would become fully employed, I might be convinced. But only a thousand? No way. Just too expensive.

    Think about the letters you have read and ads you have seen. It appears that those FOR are running on the “feels good” campaign. No hard numbers, just text such as “think about it great it would be to have a community college in our town” or “we would look so progressive” but nothing concrete about costs. And certainly nothing about Return on Investment!

    Think about the letters that ask you to vote AGAINST. Hard numbers and hard facts. Once passed, irrevocable. Over 3 million dollars. Not every program will be offered in San Marcos so many will still have to drive to an Austin campus. And more.

    If nothing else, can you vote for an educational institution whose print ads have punctuation errors? “i am acc” all in lower case. After seeing something similar in the 60’s, my mother (a sixth grade teacher) said “How am I supposed to teach children proper punctuation when they see things like that.” Enough said. Enough for me. Think about it. And vote NO to ACC.

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