Jasper County Clerk Debbie Newman on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 issued the following public notice regarding temporary voting locations:

The 86th Legislature of the State of Texas recently passed House Bill 1888 that requires temporary branch polling places, also known as mobile polling places, to remain in one location for the entire duration of the early voting period.

The state mandates that the primary early voting location is open for at least a two week period and at least 8 hours a day. In years past, the Commissioner's Court would allow us to open temporary polling places (Rayburn, Kirbyville, Buna and Evadale) for a few days during early voting, but with the new HB 1888 the County would be required to keep any temporary polling place open on the same days and hours as the primary early voting place.

After comparing the low number of people that voted early in the last amendment election and the costs of running these temporary polling places under the new law, the Commissioners' Court voted not to have any temporary voting for the upcoming Constitutional Amendment Election on November 5, 2019. However, the primary early voting location will be open in Jasper at the Courthouse Annex, 270 E Lamar St. from October 21 to November 1, 2019 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Also, of course, all voting box locations will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on election day (November 5, 2019). The Commissioners' Court can always include Saturday or Sunday hours during early voting if they choose or if they are petitioned by the voters.

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause during the Constitutional Amendment election this year. However, I am sure the Court will have temporary voting during the Primary and General Elections in 2020 as the turnout for those elections would justify the cost of operating those locations for the entire two-week period. I also would advise each voter who disagrees with this new law and the strain it puts on our office to contact their State Senator and State Representative to request that they repeal FIB 1888 as soon as possible.

Thank you for voting in Jasper County

Debbie Newman

Jasper County Clerk