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Oct. 5 was the last day to register to vote in the 2020 general election. The University Star has gathered all the information you need about Hays County polling locations, mail-in ballots, COVID-19 safety precautions and who will appear on the ballots.

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Voter outreach organizations like The League of Women Voters are at work informing Hays County citizens on what they need to know ahead of what is expected to be a highly contentious election.

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San Marcos City Council candidates shared their campaign platforms revolving around affordable housing, job market recovery and the city’s response to COVID-19, during a Sept. 10 virtual forum. Of the 12 candidates running for office, five are running for mayor, two for City Council Place 3,…

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The Hays County Commissioner Court’s decision not to approve additional polling sites on Texas State’s campus sparked a partisan debate about voting accessibility and election influence within the Court and campus organizations. On Aug. 25, the Commissioners Court voted 3-2 against adding ad…

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The City of San Marcos opened applications for candidates seeking a place on the ballot in the November general and special elections. Positions to be filled in November include Mayor, Council Member Place 3, Council Member Place 4 and Council Member Place 5 in a special election to fill a v…

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The Republican Party ballot features the following: District 35 U.S. Representative: “Guillermo” William Hayward, Jenny Garcia Sharon District 5 State Board of Education member: Lani Popp, Robert Morrow District 45 State Representative: Kent “Bud” Wymore, Carrie Issac The Democratic Party ba…

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Election Day begins in Hays County July 14 for the primary runoff. The following polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. San Marcos: Live Oak Health (formerly Hays County Health Department) 401 Broadway Street #C Hays County Government Center 712 South Stagecoach Trail, Northwes…

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Early voting is currently underway in Hays County for the July 14 primary runoff election amid rising cases of COVID-19, prompting polling places throughout the county to take precautions to keep voters and poll workers safe. In the six polling locations open for early voting, poll workers r…

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Early voting locations opened in Hays County for the upcoming July 14 primary runoff election. Voting will take place on the following days and times: June 29-July 2: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 5: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 6-10: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voting will not take place July 3 and…

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The fate of a cite-and-release ordinance could be affected by the recent resignation of Place 5 City Council member Jocabed “Joca” Marquez. Marquez, who was elected in December of 2018 to serve a three-year term and sat on the Criminal Justice Reform Committee, had been a primary supporter o…

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Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation postponing the runoff primary election until July 14 — the same date as the special election for Texas State Senate District 14. According to the release from Abbott’s office, the runoff election was originally scheduled for May 26, but has been pos…

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San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission Vice Chair Mark Gleason announced he will be a candidate for the vacant seat left after Council Member  Jocabed “Joca” Marquez’s resignation on Monday, March 9. According to the press release detailing Marquez’s resignation, a special election to fil…

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Long lines of students ready to cast their ballot stretched across the LBJ Student Center Tuesday, March 3, with some waiting for five hours before getting to vote for their chosen representatives. According to voter check-in data from the Hays County Election Office, students were casting b…

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The lack of knowledge in local government jurisdiction is one of the top five obstacles listed for poor voter turnout in millennials, according to focus group study from the Knight Foundation, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to creating “informed and engaged communities.” In the 2014 midter…

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Fourteen states voted on Super Tuesday, including Texas, Colorado, Massachusetts and Vermont, which determine a majority amount of the delegates assigned to each candidate. 1,617 delegates are up for grabs during Super Tuesday with the tradition leading to the party’s nominations for the gen…

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“Your rights are not guaranteed unless you fight for them. Unless you vote, unless you participate,” Shannon Fitzpatrick, former Texas State University attorney for students, said to a group of about 40 women. “They can be taken away. And they were hard-fought to get there. Please keep that …

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The Texas primary, concurrent with 13 other Super Tuesday states, is slated for Tuesday, March 3. National, state-wide and local offices will be on the ballot. Fifteen San Marcos locations were approved by the Hay County Commissioners Court for the March 3 primaries, totaling 36 polling loca…

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Early voting locations, dates and times for the March 3 primaries were unanimously approved by the Hays County Commissioners Court Jan. 14. Although the county originally planned to begin voting Monday, Feb. 17, the court settled for Tuesday, Feb. 18 because Monday falls on Presidents Day, a…

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Five candidates vying for the Texas House District 45 seat received several high-profile endorsements and over $220,000 in fundraising contributions from individuals, entities and political action committees. Incumbent State Rep. Erin Zwiener faces Liliana Posada in the Democratic primary wh…

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Voter awareness organizations and Student Government are expanding their voter registration efforts as the Feb. 3 deadline to vote in the March 3 primaries approaches. Organizations like MOVE Texas and Texas Rising have amplified their efforts to help students register at their current addre…

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Hays County sheriff candidates Gary Cutler and Dave Graham participated in a debate Jan. 12 at the Church of the Springs in Dripping Springs. Topics of discussion included cite-and-release, the Hays County Jail and various expected responsibilities for the sheriff position. Deputy Constable …

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BUDA—Over a hundred Hays County locals packed a vintage wedding venue awaiting the arrival of Texas District 21 Congressional Democratic candidate Wendy Davis Jan. 10 as she campaigns across the Hill Country. Running against incumbent Chip Roy, Davis rose to political fame in 2013 after issu…

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Hays County is moving forward with its Countywide Polling Program, giving voters the ability to vote at any voting center in the county ahead of the 2020 elections. Following the results of the county’s Nov. 5 election with the new program, the Hays County Elections Office requested, and was…

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Jane Hughson was sworn in Nov. 14 as the new mayor of San Marcos, following her win over incumbent John Thomaides in the Nov. 6 midterm election. Hughson will serve a two-year term as mayor and will chair the City Council. Hughson said she will work with City Council on housing, public trans…

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Mayoral candidate Jane Hughson was elected as mayor of San Marcos Nov. 6, inching a 775-vote win over incumbent John Thomaides. Hughson won the election with 52.74 percent of the total vote, according to Hays County’s official records. Early voting records concluding Nov. 2 predicted Hughson…

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The Texas Democratic Party made an impromptu stop at Texas State on Friday to allow students to vote during their statewide bus tour after early voting ended on campus. The bus carried multiple local and state candidates including Texas Governor candidate Lupe Valdez, Lieutenant Governor can…

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The story was updated Oct. 30 to reflect new information. Following hour-long voting lines and the threat of a lawsuit, the Hays County Commissioners Court voted unanimously Oct. 26 at an emergency meeting to extend early voting hours on campus. As lines wrapped around the LBJ Student Center…

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Update: Oct. 26, 10:40 a.m. The Hays County Commissioners Court will be holding an emergency meeting today at 12:15 p.m. to consult with counsel regarding a threat of litigation by the Texas Civil Rights Project regarding early voting and Election Day polling places. The meeting will be held…

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Following the Oct. 21 start of early voting in Texas, Democratic senatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke joined hundreds of supporters Monday night for a town hall at a San Marcos nightclub. On a regular night, The Marc acts as a music venue or a nightclub, and O’Rourke’s campaign rally kept a si…

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Democratic senatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke and Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz faced down Oct. 16 in San Antonio at what will likely be the last senatorial debate before the Nov. 6 midterm elections. Over the hourlong debate, the two Congress members covered the regulation of social me…

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Juan Miguel Arredondo: Texas State alumnus Juan Miguel Arredondo is running with a platform for increasing affordable housing, managing San Marcos’ growth and creating a business-friendly climate. Arredondo was elected in 2015 as a District 1 trustee to the San Marcos Consolidated Independen…

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Mark Rockeymoore: Mark Rockeymoore, 50, has served as an ethics review commissioner and as president of the Board of Trustees of the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Rockeymoore’s platform is based on the environment, ethics and neighborhoods. Primarily, Rockeymoore wants to pro…

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Mark Gleason: Mark Gleason, retail manager for the city of San Marcos, has a platform for environmental preservation, improved student transportation and increased resident consideration as developers grow San Marcos. Gleason is the vice president of the Planning and Zoning Commission and ha…

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Jane Hughson: City Council Place 4 member Jane Hughson has a platform centered on bringing businesses to San Marcos to help ease the poverty level and working on Code SMTX to protect San Marcos’ environment. Hughson has 10 years of experience on City Council and seven years on the Planning a…