Several people spoke in favor of countywide polling locations and praised the county's new voting system at a public hearing held during Commissioners Court.


"This is the first election that I can recall, where at 6:30 or 7 p.m. I didn't have to send anyone away because they were at the wrong polling location and that felt good," said Jim Barnes, a longtime election worker, who served as an Election Judge during the November 7 Constitutional Election.


Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramon showed maps indicating that the polls attracted voters from throughout the county and declared countywide polling a success. She compared the results to the 2015 Consitutional Election where 49 voters were rejected because they went to the wrong location.


"You can look at these maps and see the advantage that Hidalgo County voters have with countywide polling on Election Day; they already have countywide polling during early voting," Ramon said.


Ramon added that, with the support of Commissioners Court, the Elections Department will pursue countywide status in 2018.


"Thank you for your leadership and your staff," said County Judge Ramon Garcia. "You obviously have a winner with your new voting machines."


The Elections Department is looking for residents interested in working two weeks during early voting and on Election Day. Those interested are encouraged to call (956) 318-2570 for more information.