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The City elections have been consolidated into one area, according to City Secretary Lupita Passement. Officials said this allows for a more efficient and seamless voting process, cuts expenses and centralizes the election headquarters. As a result, the traditional polling stations at Fred Booth Elementary School and the Fire Station will not be used. Instead, voters in Precinct 18 and 22, who cast their ballots at the Fire Station, will also vote at the centrally-located Community Building. Precinct 40 voters, formerly at Fred Booth Elementary, will also vote in the Community Building.
“Likewise, voters from precincts 19, 21 and 50, who previously voted at the Community Building, will continue to vote to cast their ballots there,” Passement said.
“The official notice of the Polling Place location was published as a legal notice in the San Benito News on April 13 in English and Spanish, but still many voters may not be aware of the change,” she said. As an added measure to alert the public to the change, signage will be posted at Fred Booth Elementary, and a notice was posted on the LED digital billboard on Business 77 at the Resaca.
The consolidation will allow election officials to count the votes more quickly and without having to move from one location to another, officials added. “It is a better way to maintain control over the voting process,” Passement said.
Voting begins at 7 a.m. and concludes at 7 p.m.
For more information, call (956) 361-3800.