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Election 2020

Hays County braces for primary runoff election amid COVID-19

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Carson Ganong and Daniel Weeks

July 8, 2020

Early voting is currently underway in Hays County for the July 14 primary runoff election amid rising cases of COVID-19, prompting polling places throughout the county to take precautions to keep voters and poll workers safe. In the six polling locations open for early voting, poll workers routinely...

Early voting for primary runoff election begins in Hays County

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

June 29, 2020

Early voting locations opened in Hays County for the upcoming July 14 primary runoff election. Voting will take place on the following days and times: June 29-July 2: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 5: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 6-10: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voting will not take place July 3 and 4 in observance of ...

Cite-and-release vote could tie given Marquez resignation

Dr. Jocabed Marquez is sitting at a city council discussion.

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

April 7, 2020

The fate of a cite-and-release ordinance could be affected by the recent resignation of Place 5 City Council member Jocabed “Joca” Marquez. Marquez, who was elected in December of 2018 to serve a three-year term and sat on the Criminal Justice Reform Committee, had been a primary supporter of...

Gov. Abbott postpones runoff primary election in response to COVID-19

Texas Governor Greg Abbott holds up his plans for school safety

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

March 20, 2020

Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation postponing the runoff primary election until July 14 — the same date as the special election for Texas State Senate District 14. According to the release from Abbott's office, the runoff election was originally scheduled for May 26, but has been postpone...

Mark Gleason enters race for city council special election

City Council

Chase Rogers, News Editor

March 11, 2020

San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission Vice Chair Mark Gleason announced he will be a candidate for the vacant seat left after Council Member  Jocabed “Joca” Marquez's resignation on Monday, March 9. According to the press release detailing Marquez's resignation, a special election to ...

Voters see long lines at LBJ

Texas State students walk past reminder signs about voting at the LBJ Student Center on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in the LBJ Mall.

Chase Rogers, News Editor

March 10, 2020

Long lines of students ready to cast their ballot stretched across the LBJ Student Center Tuesday, March 3, with some waiting for five hours before getting to vote for their chosen representatives. According to voter check-in data from the Hays County Election Office, students were casting ballots for five hours past t...

Star Explains: Local offices

Election campaign signs are placed Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, outside the LBJ Student Center. The student center is one of 15 polling locations available to vote in San Marcos on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Daniella Carrera, News Reporter

March 6, 2020

The lack of knowledge in local government jurisdiction is one of the top five obstacles listed for poor voter turnout in millennials, according to focus group study from the Knight Foundation, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to creating "informed and engaged communities." In the 2014 midterms, only one in...

2020 Super Tuesday election results

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Staff Reports

March 4, 2020

Fourteen states voted on Super Tuesday, including Texas, Colorado, Massachusetts and Vermont, which determine a majority amount of the delegates assigned to each candidate. 1,617 delegates are up for grabs during Super Tuesday with the tradition leading to the party’s nominations for the general election...

The story of elected women in Hays County

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Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

March 3, 2020

"Your rights are not guaranteed unless you fight for them. Unless you vote, unless you participate," Shannon Fitzpatrick, former Texas State University attorney for students, said to a group of about 40 women. "They can be taken away. And they were hard-fought to get there. Please keep that in mind. P...

Super Tuesday: San Marcos polling locations

Front of Hays County Government Building

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

March 2, 2020

The Texas primary, concurrent with 13 other Super Tuesday states, is slated for Tuesday, March 3. National, state-wide and local offices will be on the ballot. Fifteen San Marcos locations were approved by the Hay County Commissioners Court for the March 3 primaries, totaling 36 polling locations...

Early polling locations approved for Hays County

Front of a church.

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

February 13, 2020

Early voting locations, dates and times for the March 3 primaries were unanimously approved by the Hays County Commissioners Court Jan. 14. Although the county originally planned to begin voting Monday, Feb. 17, the court settled for Tuesday, Feb. 18 because Monday falls on Presidents Day, according...

TX45 race heats up with ballooning fundraising totals and endorsements

Maps of district 45.

Chase Rogers, News Editor

February 11, 2020

Five candidates vying for the Texas House District 45 seat received several high-profile endorsements and over $220,000 in fundraising contributions from individuals, entities and political action committees. Incumbent State Rep. Erin Zwiener faces Liliana Posada in the Democratic primary while Kent...

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