By Anita Miller
Hays County Commissioners on Tuesday, Aug. 11 officially set the November General Election for Tuesday, Nov. 3.
They also approved a list of early voting and election day polling places that did not include a controversial second election day location on the campus of Texas State University.
Several speakers voiced concerns during the public comment period about the lack of enough places for the university’s burgeoning student population to cast their ballots, referencing the long lines that kept some students in line for longer than the last of the three Lord of the Rings movies, Kathering Wicker, a field organizer for the Texas Rising Campus Vote project.
County Judge Ruben Becerra was the sole vote against the list of polling places. He had hoped to add a second location on the campus at the Rec Center.
The vote means that Texas State students who wish to vote in person on Election Day will report to the Performing Arts Center. The LBJ Student Center, which had been the primary voting place on campus, is unavailable for the election because its ballrooms are being used for classrooms due to the COVID-19 pandemic.