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May 14th, 2012
Updated: Early voting starts for May 29 primaries


Two days after a school board elections were held across the county, residents are headed to the polls again on Monday as early voting for the May 29 party primaries gets underway.

Early voting runs Monday, May 14 to Friday, May 29. The Republican and Democratic parties usually pick their nominees in March with a runoff date in April. This year, because of a redistricting process that spent months in the courtroom, those primaries were pushed back to late May with a runoff date in early July.

“The delay in setting precinct boundaries because of issues with redistricting means that local and primary early voting are much closer together than usual,” Hays County Elections Administrator and Voter Registrar Joyce Cowan said. “So don’t put away those yellow voter certificate cards just yet.”

While early voters can take advantage of voting at any early voting location in the county, on Election Day voters have to go to their specific precinct polling location.

Cowan advises voters to check their yellow cards or go online to verify their precincts and polling places since redistricting changed many precinct lines. “The change in precinct lines means that you could be voting for a different slate of candidates than you expected to before redistricting and your polling place might have changed as well,” she said.

In San Marcos, early voters in both primaries will cast their ballots at the new Hays County Government Center. The Government Center is located at 712 South Stagecoach Trail, on the north side of Wonder World Drive.

Other early voting locations and times for both parties can be downloaded here. Other election information, including sample ballots for both parties, is available here.

May 2012 Hays County Primary Election Voters Guide

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