SAN MARCOS, Texas — Students at Texas State University will have extra time to complete early voting on campus after complaints that three days weren't enough.
The Hays County Commissioners Court voted unanimously Friday to give Texas State two additional days of voting on Thursday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 2 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Additionally, the court decided to relocate one of the previous voting precincts from Crockett Elementary School in San Marcos to the Texas State student center on election day Nov. 6. There was no previous voting precinct at Texas State for the actual election day, KVUE has confirmed.
Texas State students said on Wednesday that long lines at the polls were an inconvenience and they feared there would not be enough time to vote on campus. Students also said they had limited access to public transportation to get them to the polls that are located farther away on election day.
Previously, Hays County said extending the dates and times at the Texas State voting location wasn't practical at the time.
Some Hays County Democrats called out Republicans for voter suppression after the local GOP president said an email that extending voting time would "favor Democrats." North Hays GOP President Wally Kinny responded and said it wasn't about voter suppression, but he wasn't in favor of anything that changes the process the county agreed upon months ago.
Additionally, the Commissioners Court voted to extend hours and days for early voting at Live Oak Health Department in San Marcos and Belterra Welcome Center in Austin to Nov. 1 and 2 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
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