Ask the Richardson editor: What is a countywide vote center?

The countywide vote center system allows ballots to be cast at any polling location in the county during early voting and on Election Day. In other words, citizens are not required to vote by precinct.


The Texas secretary of state’s office approved Dallas County’s request to join the program for the Nov. 5 election. Collin County has used countywide vote centers for some time.


The move means Richardson residents in Dallas County will now have over 500 options for where to vote on Election Day.


The goal of the program is to improve access and increase turnout on Election Day, according to the Dallas County Elections Department. All current Dallas County Election Day and early voting sites will remain open to eliminate confusion on the part of voters.


Early voting for the Nov. 5 election kicked off Oct. 21 and runs through Nov. 1.

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By Olivia Lueckemeyer

Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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