A candidate for Hays County Commissioner Precinct 3 is leading a protest for voting rights in the midst of an ongoing debate among Hays County officials and constituents regarding adequate and safe accommodations, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Democratic candidate Lisa Prewitt will lead the protest at 8 a.m. Aug. 25 outside the Hays County Courthouse, just before the 9 a.m. Commissioners Court meeting, which will again see the court discuss whether to place an extra polling location at Texas State University ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

The last time the court took on the issue, they voted 4-1 against the extra location, with County Judge Ruben Becerra casting the lone vote to add the polling location.

During public comments at the Aug. 11 meeting, multiple students from voting advocacy group Texas Rising noted lines to vote were more than four hours long during previous elections, and a representative for the group told the court that turning out the youth vote has already been a challenge.

With COVID-19 and the ongoing burden of voting in person, it is more important that voting needs to be made easier, the representative said.

During the Aug. 25 protest, Prewitt will stand alongside members of Texas Rising, which works to register young voters, "especially young people of color, in an effort to promote equality and social justice for all Texans, and members of Texas Rising and several students have signed up to speak at this important Commissioners Court meeting." according to a press release.

Prewitt, a Democrat, is running against incumbent Republican Lon A. Shell in the Nov. 3 general election.