A press conference was held outside the office of Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal to announce a public hearing on Monday, June 27. The purpose of the hearing is to inform the public and receive feedback on possible participation in a Countywide Polling Place Program.
Nueces County intends to apply with the State of Texas for the ability to enact the program but wish to get public responses and concerns for what the program entails. The press conference was given by Judge Loyd Neal and County Clerk Kara Sands, with the approval of County Republican Party Chair Mike Bergsma and County Democratic Party Chair Jennifer Ellis who were also in attendance.
The stated purpose for implementing the program is to give voters a higher chance to be able to vote by allowing them to use the most convenient polling place available to them on election day rather than using their home district. At the moment, Nueces County has 127 districts of which 27 districts may not have a valid polling place as per state and federal laws. According to Sands, the program would mean a reduction in available polling places. However, it would open up those polling places to individuals who may not have an opportunity to vote in their home district on election day.
Both Republican and Democratic Party Chairs gave their support and approval of the program as a means to increase turnout and reduce disenfranchisement of voters.
The meeting will be at 7:00 PM in the Judge James E Klager Central Jury Room on the first floor of the Nueces County Courthouse, located at 901 Leopard Street in Corpus Christi.