GATESVILLE — Coryell County Tax Assessor/Collector Justin Carothers touted the March 4 success of the new countywide voting system to commissioners Monday.
In an unrelated matter, Carothers also got commissioners’ approval to change the county tax office’s bank in Copperas Cove.
Under the new voting plan, any qualified county voter can cast a ballot at any of the county’s 10 voting centers on election day regardless of their home precinct.
More than a third of Coryell votes on election day were cast at the Gatesville Annex, Carothers said. Of the 790 voters at that location, more than 70 percent were voting outside their home precinct.
Of the 342 voters casting ballots at Copperas Cove City Hall, 90 percent were voting outside their home precinct, Carothers said.
“Not one voter was turned away this election cycle because they were at the wrong precinct,” he said. “If we did not have vote centers this election, almost 568 voters would have been turned away at the Gatesville Annex alone.”
Some voters grumbled about having to show a photo ID to vote, Carothers said, but the county has no control over that state requirement.
“I am very proud of our efforts and want to commend my staff and all the election workers and judges for their continuous and tireless efforts to make this a success,” he said.
In other business, commissioners approved Carothers’ request to allow the tax office to move its Copperas Cove bank account from Extraco to National Bank.
The county’s depository, Texas First State Bank, does not have a branch in Copperas Cove, and tax revenues collected there must be deposited in a local bank before being transferred to the depository.
The county transfers $20,000 to $30,000 from Copperas Cove to the depository in Gatesville daily, Carothers said.
The county has used the Extraco branch in Cove for the past six years.
“We prefer National Bank, which gives us a better deal on electronic transfers and scanning of checks,” Carothers said.
He said the bank switch will be effective immediately.