GATESVILLE — Coryell County’s first election under the countywide voting program was declared successful by the secretary of state.

The county is now authorized to continue using the system in future elections.

“We are pleased with the designation. Now we can concentrate on making elections easier,” said Tax Assessor/Collector Justin Carothers, the county’s top election official. In a Jan. 17 letter, Keith Ingram, director of elections, congratulated county officials on their “successful” designation, but warned it could be revoked by the state if warranted.

In November, the county implemented, on a trial basis, the system that allows any registered voter to cast a ballot at any of 10 county polling places on Election Day without regard to the precinct in which the voter resides.

“It was a lot of work, but we got it done,” Carothers said. “I think the system is a good thing for all voters in the county.”

The new system requires electronic voting, eliminating the paper ballot option.

Despite a partisan disagreement over this feature — Democrats favored keeping the paper ballot while Republicans favored the electronic voting mandate — the parties agreed to continue to conduct a joint primary election under the new system starting this spring.

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