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Election 2020

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

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

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

Mark Gleason enters race for city council special election

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

Voters see long lines at LBJ

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

Star Explains: Local offices

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

2020 Super Tuesday election results

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

The story of elected women in Hays County

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

Super Tuesday: San Marcos polling locations

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

Early polling locations approved for Hays County

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

TX45 race heats up with ballooning fundraising totals and endorsements

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...

Initiatives increase as voter registration deadline approaches

Initiatives increase as voter registration deadline approaches

Sandra Sadek, News Reporter

January 30, 2020

Voter awareness organizations and Student Government are expanding their voter registration efforts as the Feb. 3 deadline to vote in the March 3 primaries approaches. Organizations like MOVE Texas and Texas Rising have amplified their efforts to help students register at their current address. Early voting for the prim...

North Hays Republican Group holds sheriff candidate forum

North Hays Republican Group holds sheriff candidate forum

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

January 14, 2020

Hays County sheriff candidates Gary Cutler and Dave Graham participated in a debate Jan. 12 at the Church of the Springs in Dripping Springs. Topics of discussion included cite-and-release, the Hays County Jail and various expected responsibilities for the sheriff position. Deputy Constable Dave Graham...

Congressional candidate makes campaign stop in Buda

Congressional candidate makes campaign stop in Buda

Sandra Sadek and Sierra Martin

January 12, 2020

BUDA—Over a hundred Hays County locals packed a vintage wedding venue awaiting the arrival of Texas District 21 Congressional Democratic candidate Wendy Davis Jan. 10 as she campaigns across the Hill Country. Running against incumbent Chip Roy, Davis rose to political fame in 2013 after issuing...

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