4 things for Hays County voters to know

Oct. 11 is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 8 election.

Oct. 11 is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 8 election.

Oct. 11 is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election.


Voters must be registered to vote in their county of residence 30 days before an election. But because the 30th day before the Nov. 8 election is Sunday, Oct. 9, the deadline would fall on Monday, Oct. 10. That day is a holiday, so the registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 11, the 28th day before the election.

Hays County Elections Administrator Joyce Cowan said voters who have moved within the county since receiving their voter registration card must complete a change of address form.

Voters who are not registered in Hays County must complete a registration form and mail it to the Hays County Elections Office, 712 Stagecoach Trail, Ste. 1045, San Marcos, TX, 78666. New voters in Hays County cannot register online.

Other election information can be found on the Hays County elections office website.

Early voting begins Oct. 24 and ends Nov. 4.


Registered voters in Hays County can cast their ballot at any county vote center during early voting Oct. 24-Nov. 4.

The full early-voting schedule and list of early voting polling sites can be found here.

Cowan encouraged voters to become familiar with the acceptable forms of identification that must be shown at polling locations in order to receive a ballot.

“Voters can make [voting] a lot easier if they come prepared,” she said.

Election Day is Nov. 8.


Registered voters in Hays County can only vote at their precinct’s Election Day polling place Nov. 8. For a complete list of Hays County Election Day polling locations, visit www.co.hays.tx.us/elections.aspx.

Registered voters throughout the county will be faced with two bond propositions this year.


Propositions 1 and 2 total $237.8 million. Proposition 1 includes $106.4 million to fund construction of new and renovated law-enforcement facilities including a renovated and expanded jail, a new co-located emergency communications center and a law-enforcement training center. Proposition 2 would fund about $131.4 million of road projects throughout the county. For a complete list of roads to be addressed, click here.

Officials do not anticipate the bonds’ passage affecting the county’s tax rate, although a group of citizens have organized a political action committee opposing the two propositions.

Ashley Whittenberger a representative for Save Hays, a group opposing the bonds, said the bipartisan group of Hays County residents are concerned that the bonds’ passage would delay property tax relief to county residents.

“It’s not a bad thing to say we don’t want any more debt, and we don’t want any more tax hikes, because that’s exactly what this is: more debt and more tax hikes,” Whittenberger said.