The Coronavirus Reshapes Hays County Elections
Hays County Elections Administrator Jennifer Anderson discusses election changes related to the Coronavirus Pandemic during an interview on KWVH Wimberley Valley Radio on April 23, 2020. The virus has affected where and how voting will be held, who can vote by mail, and how to apply.
A state district judge in Travis County has issued a temporary injunction allowing voters who fear catching the new coronavirus to be classified as having a disability and to qualify for mail-in voting. Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion that fear of catching the coronavirus did not make voters eligible to vote by mail before that ruling. He has appealed. However no ruling has yet been issued. Until another court rules the earlier judgment stands, so the Elections Administration Office is processing applications to vote by mail under that ruling unless and until a higher court overturns it.
The LWVTX is one of several voting rights groups that is a party to legal efforts to expand voting by mail due to the pandemic.
The Elections Administrator's Office is making preparations to minimize any chance of exposure to the virus for the July 14 Primary Runoff and in the November General Election.
She also was asked why someone should complete their Census form online or by mail. Her answer was enlightening.
Listen to the full interview here.