Major changes for Grayson Co. voters in Nov. election

By: Allison Harris Email
By: Allison Harris Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, TEXAS -- Controversy lingers over the reduction of polling places in Grayson County.

"I think the more voting locations you've got, the more opportunity people have to vote," voter C.D. Ballard said.

"I'm assuming there are going to be longer lines on voting days when there actually are fewer places," James "Sandy" Beach said.

Before this year, voters were assigned to one of the 36 polling locations. On November 5th, there will be 22 voting centers where any county resident can cast a ballot.

"On Election Day, any voter can visit any polling site that's open and vote at the site that's most convenient for them," Grayson Co. Election Administrator Deana Patterson said.

Early voter Sandy Beach says he thinks the changes will make it harder to vote, with longer lines at fewer locations.

"It's a little inconvenient. That's about the best way to describe it," Beach said.

But county election officials say it's now more convenient to be able to vote at any of the 22 locations.

"In some areas of the county, people were having to travel further to a polling site because only that one polling site was available to them," Patterson said.

Voters should also be aware of the new Texas voter ID law, which requires you to have both your voter registration and a valid picture ID in hand to cast a ballot.

"I feel it's more appropriate to have a better voter registration procedure to ensure that people are citizens," Beach said.

But others think there's a better solution.

"The smart thing to do would be to put the picture on the voter registration just like the driver's license," Ballard said.

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