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San Marcos Voters Face Long Ballot

Updated: Friday, October 25 2013, 07:41 PM CDT

San Marcos voters will need to pack their patience to tackle a Nov. 5 ballot that includes a whopping 25 proposed amendments to the San Marcos city charter.  Why would the city throw 25 charter amendments at the voters all at once?  Council Member Kim Porterfield explains it's because they only do this once every four years.  

She explains, "There's a group of seven citizens that look at this with our city attorney and they work for months to issue a report and make the recommendations."

This year they decided to put 25 changes before the voters aimed at opening city government to everybody -- including renters.  Porterfield says, "Currently planning and zoning commissioners have to own property and personally I find that offensive and I'm glad it got on the ballot."

But what about voter fatigue?  Porterfield admits voter fatigue is an issue. But she hopes people will work their way to the end of the ballot.

Hays County Elections Administrator Joyce Cowan predicts voter turnout will be less than 10 percent.  She says she also hopes she's wrong.  To see a sample ballot and polling locations for San Marcos and other Hays County communities click on this link.

By Fred Cantu

San Marcos Voters Face Long Ballot


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