WATCH: Counting The Tom Green County Vote
SAN ANGELO, TX -- Election day to decide primary winners in state, local, and federal elections is set for Tuesday, March 1st. The Tom Green County Elections Office has been working hard to adjust to new technology and voting regulations.
Of the many changes involving this election season, it appears that voting ballots by mail have been one of the biggest learning curbs for Tom Green County voters.
"Of the bills, HB1has impacted a lot of things including ballot by mail," said Tom Green County Election Administrator Vona Hudson. "When they (voters) submitted their application they had to provide their ID number so we had to work through that. Once the application is approved and they mailed their ballot they have to include that ID number when they return the ballot to us. I'm running probably 45 percent of the voters that returned their ballots that are not doing that."
For those who are not including the required ID number on the mail-in ballot, there is a solution.
According to Hudson the Tom Green County Election Administration Office can mail the ballot back to the voter or call the voter to resolve the missing ID number. If they don't resolve that by election day then the ballot board can call them when they're convening and the voter would get six more days to resolve it.
A missing ID number on a ballot by mail could mean a delay in the voting count. "We're going to see a little more of an unknown between election day and that sixth day here going forward," said Hudson.
Due to new voting regulations tightened security and surveillance will also make its presence felt this election season.
A peace officer is required to be at the central county office from the time members of the election administration convene to the time they finish counting ballots. The election office is also required to have a camera present where the ballots are stored from the time they begin to be stored until the canvas is done for that election. A camera is also required to show what's happening at the central office where votes are counted.
WATCH what's also new when you visit a Tom Green County voting center on election day along with what could potentially slow the counting process to ensure the integrity of the elections.