Wichita Co. ready for first election with voting centers

WICHITA COUNTY, TX (KAUZ) - Wichita County voters will hit the polls Tuesday and the process will be a little bit different.

Residents will be able to vote at any polling location throughout the county.

There will be ten voting centers to pick from. In the past, there were 31 precinct locations in the county that people were assigned to vote at.

But with this being a constitutional election, there will be less. County leaders believe there will be many benefits.

"Our biggest complaint on election day is I wasn't sure where to go vote," Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom said in August. "If we do this, you go to any polling location and vote."

Changes to the voting policies have been discussed for years. Nearly four months ago county commissioners approved a motion that will allow residents to vote at any voting center.

"Say you forget to vote and you're at home at 6:30 p.m. and realize," Wichita County Clerk, Lori Bohannon said. "Your polling location could be across town, but you have one right there by your house. You could go there."

Bohannon said it's in an effort to make voting more convenient for residents and increase voter turnout.

"The way I look at it, it just makes election day like early voting," she said. "You can go anywhere and vote."

When voters hit the polls, they will get the chance to complete a survey that will help the county decide whether or not to continue with the change.

"We would like for everyone to be honest and fills those out right there and hand it back in," Bohannon said. "If the citizens don't like it then we don't want to do it again."

She said she's hoping to see people hit the polls and take advantage of the changes that were made for them.

"Give us a call if you don't know where to go," Bohannon said. "We will tell you. And just go vote."

The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. before the results come in. You can find election results on Newschannel 6. We will have up-to-the-minute results as they come in.

Copyright 2017 KAUZ News All Rights Reserved