More than one site for future early voting?

November 7, 2012

Lines could possibly be shorter for early voting in future elections. Elections Administrator Lois Joplin said she is examining the logistics involved in staffing more than one early voting site.

At times during the two-week early voting period that led up to yesterday’s General Election, lines at Annex 1 – the only polling location – were down the sidewalk to the parking lot.

Forty-three percent of registered voters in Hood County voted early either in person or by mailed ballot – almost precisely the same number from the presidential election four years ago, Joplin said.

There were 13,226 local citizens who voted in person and 1,696 who requested ballots by mail for a total of 14,922 ballots, according to Joplin. That amounted to 42.98 percent of Hood County’s registered voters, compared to 42.99 in 2008.

“It is possible,” Joplin said about additional early voting sites. “We’re just trying to evaluate the situation and make it the most efficient.”

The elections official said that the main issue is Internet access that would allow for communication between the polling locations to ensure that no one votes twice.

“All the computers have to communicate with each other,” she said.

Joplin said she likely will have early voting at the county’s Acton Annex for a few days, and then perhaps a day in either Tolar or Lipan.

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