|(Seguin) -- Guadalupe County Commissioners will be meeting this afternoon instead of their usual morning time slot to tackle a few items that appear on today's agenda. Included on that agenda is the approval of a resolution to adopt the election system and software "Express Vote" for all future early voting and voting opportunities in Guadalupe County.|
Guadalupe County Elections Administrator Lisa Adam, last month, brought forth the request for the new pieces of equipment. Adam says the election equipment offers voters a new two step process in which after casting their ballots electronically, the voters will get a paper ballot in which to confirm their ballot items. That paperwork will then be turned into the precinct counter for counting.
Adam says the overhaul in elections equipment will replace all aging equipment and will provide voters another opportunity to leave the polling site with added confidence.
The commissioners are also expected to meet behind closed doors for "consultation with attorney regarding pending litigation" involving the organizers of Float Fest. The court in January voted to deny a festival permit for the 6th annual music festival in the Martindale area, located on the county's northeast side. The festival was scheduled for Friday July 19-21 at the Cool River Ranch along the San Marcos River. Promoters were requesting a permit allowing 25,000 attendees per day. For years, residents in that area have complained about a number of problems that take place during the event -- problems they say include but are not limited to noise, litter, lewdness and traffic congestion.
No decisions can be made behind closed doors. Any action is necessary, it will have to be taken in open session. The regular meeting of the Guadalupe County Commissioners Court, again, will be held at 1 p.m. today in the Guadalupe County Courthouse.