A Super Precinct concept will return to Lubbock for the November presidential election. Fifty vote centers are proposed across the county for Election Day. Now organizers want your opinion.
Four years have come and gone and now it is time for Lubbock voters to cast a White House ballot. "You could only vote in your precinct for the last presidential," Lubbock County Elections Administrator Dorothy Kennedy said.
However, for this November's presidential election, Kennedy says that could change. "Now you'll have 50 options to go vote at on Election Day in November instead of your one tradition home precinct," Kennedy explained.
A similar concept was used on voting day for the 2006 Gubernatorial Election. "Last time we had 35 vote centers and this time we've increased it to 50 because of what we think will be a very high turnout because of this presidential election," Kennedy added.
Kennedy says the new locations are based on ballot security, voter accessibility and convenience. This map shows the proposed fifty vote center locations. They include schools, community centers, churches and some businesses, with many on bus routes. However, unlike years past, United Supermarkets are not proposed Election Day voting sites.
"We just didn't have the room at the Uniteds. So we've moved out of those and gotten locations very close," Kennedy said.
Locations that Kennedy says should help make casting a ballot faster and easier, as voters will no longer be limited to just one location.
"You'll have 50 options instead of oh, my gosh I have to get off and race by to my home precinct," Kennedy explained.
Officials want to make clear vote centers will only be used on November 4, Election Day. Kennedy tells us early voting locations will not be changing so voters can cast their early vote at several United Supermarkets locations.
To share what you think about the proposed vote center locations, there will be two public hearings on Wednesday, May 21st. Comments will be heard at 10:00 in the morning and again at 6:30 in the evening. Both meetings will be in the Commissioners Courtroom on the fifth floor of the Lubbock County Courthouse.