Texomans voice opinions over potential voting guideline changes

Texomans voice opinions over potential voting guideline changes

WICHITA COUNTY, TX (KAUZ) - Wichita County citizens made their voices heard Tuesday night at a special commissioners public hearing regarding voting changes within the county.
The Wichita County Commissioners Court, County Clerk Lori Bohannom, and the Vote Center Advisory Committee met and discussed establishing a new voting concept where a county resident could vote at any precinct.
That means on election day, you would be able to vote at any precinct throughout the county.
That led to multiple opinions at tonight's spirited special hearing, including comments like "I have read all the reports from all the counties that have gone to vote centers, and it does not increase voter turnout" to "If we can streamline the process and allow less hoop jumping so somebody can just simply do their constitution right, I have no problem with it."
Woody Gossom, Wichita County Judge, said that there are some misconceptions.
    "One person I talked to was concerned about selecting," Gossom said. "What we are really looking at doing for the first two general elections is use the same locations we have now. You are going to be voting at the same location."
Gossom said that citizens input is the biggest piece of the puzzle and that commissioners have not made a decision.
With that said, it is something they are interested in.
    "I certainly would not speak for the court because they have not voted for it yet," Gossom said, "but, generally speaking, we would not be here if the court did not have a positive feeling about bringing forth this idea."
Gossom shared his feelings on the issue.
    "What I would like to do is see us, at least, come forward and try it in Wichita County," Gossom said.
Two of the biggest concerns among citizens were the potential of voter fraud and the importance of this election, saying this is not the time to try this experiment.
Gossom said the Secretary of State's website offers a lot of reports and suggests people look at it.
There will be one more public hearing on May 23rd at 10 a.m. inside the Commissioners Court.
Bohannon will be in Iowa Park on the 23rd, Electra the 24th, and Burkburnett June 20th.
All those city council meetings will start at their regular times.

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