Bobcats wanting to cast ballots in the general election can skip the waiting lines on the Election Day and vote on campus in the LBJ Student Center today and tomorrow.
Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. The student center provides students with a convenient polling location alternative to the Nov. 2 precinct-designated place.
Early voting is mostly a matter of convenience, said Joyce Cowan, a Hays County elections administrator.
“Students can choose when they want to vote,” Cowan said. “A lot of times, early voting is good if (students) have plans or need to go out of town at the time of normal elections.”
Adan Moreno, who has worked as a clerk for the City of San Marcos for the past four years, said an added bonus to voting early is shorter lines.
“(During) the last election, we had lines stretching all the way to the parking lot,” Moreno said. “With early voting, there are less crowds than on the normal election dates.”
Moreno, who works at the San Marcos Public Library polls, said he saw college students walking in last Monday when early voting began.
Cowan said when it comes to choosing where to register to vote, whether at home or in San Marcos, it is really left for the student to decide.
“When it comes to state issues, it’s going to be the same no matter where you vote,” Cowan said. “If you live in Dallas and you have to drive four hours just to get home because that’s where you registered to vote, then it may be better to register to vote in San Marcos."
Alexandra Warner, sociology freshman, said she is going to vote early on campus rather than in her hometown.
“I’m voting early to avoid the long lines that I would probably have to deal with on the normal voting day,” Warner said. “I decided to vote here in San Marcos, because I would have to drive three hours if I wanted to vote at home.”
Voters need to plan on bringing their voter’s registration card that was sent to them in the mail or a school or government issued photo ID.
Cowan said the most common issue poll workers see is students who move to a different address, but have not updated their voter registration information.
“If they are registered at their home address, then they can’t vote here,” Moreno said. “If they are registered to vote in San Marcos, then they can vote (early) at any of our polling locations.”
Other early voting locations include the Hays County Elections Office and San Marcos Library among other places, according to the City of San Marcos website.