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State Demands More Voting Sites in Hays County
Hays County is growing so fast that it has to add more voting locations for the November election. “Because the 2010 Census showed a large increase in populations (about 60,000 people more) we are required by state law to have our main early voting site plus one site in each of our Commissioner Precincts,” Hays County Elections Administrator Joyce Cowan said in a statement.
The voting sites also have to remain open for the entire two weeks of early voting, in addition to Election Day.
In the last presidential election, Hays County had only one main voting site.
In July, for early voting in the primary runoff elections, the Hays County Commissioners Court approved an additional polling location in Buda.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Hays County has grown from about 100,000 in 2000 to more than 160,000 around this time last year.