Lampasas County will be one of 11 counties in the state where voters on Election Day can cast a ballot at any polling location in its sovereign area.
“It will be excellent,” said Dorothy Person, Lampasas County election administrator. “It will be such a great advantage for voters. They will not have to go to their home precinct to vote. If they are driving to Lampasas to go shopping, they can vote here, or if they are driving through Kempner, they vote there.”
Lampasas, along with four other counties — Collin, Eastland, Floyd and Swisher — were approved to have voting centers this year, said Rich Parsons, director of communications for the Texas Secretary of State’s Office. In previous years, Erath, Gaines, Galveston, Lubbock, Midland and Travis counties have all had voting centers.
The centers work as an online check for registered voters and allow voters to cast their ballots at whichever polling location they happen to be closest to on election day, said Person. Once they have voted, the system updates and they can’t check in elsewhere.
“From a general perspective, we are trying to make voting as easy and as accessible to voters to help them participate in this important process,” said Parsons. “Voting centers can achieve those goals.”
Polling locations in the county on Nov. 6 will be Clear Creek Baptist Church, New Covenant Church, Adamsville Community Center, Lometa Justice of the Peace office and the Kempner Fire Department and Training Facility.
Those locations traditionally have had higher voter turnout numbers than the precincts that were not selected for the voter centers, said Person.
“We selected them based on turnout in election statistics,” she said. “Voters are familiar and have been familiar with these locations for several years.”
Each of those locations provides better means of access to the facility and more parking. The new centers also may be beneficial to the 391 Copperas Cove voters who live in Lampasas County, said Person. Their intensive ballots will be available at all the voting sites come Election Day.
Person said there should be little ballot confusion with the new centers. But if voters are not sure if they have the right ballot, they should double check with the voting official on site.
While this process doesn’t change early voting, it is done on the same premises, said Person. Those who vote early and live in Lampasas County must do so at 407 S. Pecan St. in Lampasas.