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Election Offices Prepare for Winter Weather

Updated: Monday, March 3 2014, 05:40 PM CST

On Tuesday thousands of Texans will head to the polls, but what time they open and close may still be up for debate.

Another round of ice and dangerous driving conditions could be on the way.

At the moment, the forecast for Election Day has local leaders spinning.

"Whatever emergency services does we'll follow their lead," said Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir. "Whatever the schools do for the polling places that are in their facilities we will follow their lead."

Travis County Clerk Da DeBeauvoir's team is ready to open and close on time, but that can change just as fast as the Texas weather.

In January, icy conditions forced crews to keep the polls open an extra hour.

"We would not have the authority to just make that decision on our own, a district judge would have to court order that benefit to voters," said DeBeauvoirs.

Travis County uses vote centers, so if your polling location is delayed you can still show up anywhere and cast your ballot.

In Williamson County the election team is keeping a close eye on the elements, and working with the Texas Secretary of State office for the best course of action.

"While those decisions will be made on the county level it's something that we're working with them to help prepare so everyone can be ready for tomorrow," said Texas Secretary of State Spokesperson Alicia Pierce.

Travis County officials will meet with emergency officials at three in the morning on Election Day for the latest information.

For more information on your polling locations:

http://www.traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/Content.do?code=Home
http://www.co.hays.tx.us/elections.aspx
http://www.wilco.org/CountyDepartments/Elections/tabid/450/Default.aspx#

By Adam Racusin

Election Offices Prepare for Winter Weather


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