Hays County

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The League partners with the 2020 U.S. Census

The U.S. Census determines state and local funding of services for the next decade and is used in redistricting.

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Voting By Mail promotes voter and poll worker safety

COVID-19 poses significant risks to voters. The League advocates that eligible voters apply to vote by mail.

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League members rally for Fair Maps and against gerrymandering. Fair maps protect voters rights.

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Candidates forums and debates are part of the League's mission to educate voters

The League hosts nonpartisan forums that allow voters to educate themselves on the candidates and issues.

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League's VOTE411 nonpartisan educational tool helps voters of all ages

2020 Webby People's Voice Award Winner, VOTE411.org allows voters to prepare to cast an informed vote.

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Register to Vote!

Texas still does not have online voter registration!  Fill out, print, sign & mail in your application today!

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100 Years of Women Having the Right to Vote in Texas

Hays County League members help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Texas League.


Backpack Full of Cash fundraiser and educational event

LWV Hays County's Team DS host panelists on the topic of charter schools vs. public education.

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Hays County voters try proposed new voting machines

LWV HaysCo program gives attendees opportunities to try proposed new voting machines.

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New voting machines being tried with Hays County elections staff assisting

LWV HaysCo program "Safeguarding Voters Rights" allows a chance to try proposed voting machines.

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Educating voters on Safeguarding Voters Rights

Learning about transitioning to use of Vote Centers on Election Day.

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Educational program on Vote Centers hosted by LWV Hays County

Elections administrators in neighboring county discuss the transition to use of Vote Centers on Election Day.

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Program on Supporting Fair and Just Voting

League hosts experts on 2019 Texas legislative session expected issues, including voter suppression.

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Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Fundraiser and Silent Auction

Dorothy Knight and Jan Rudnicki check silent auction bids during 31st Annual Texas Wine and Beer Tasting

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Teresa with Team DS presents DEI program to League members

Program on Expanding Voter Participation by being a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization

Texas State University students wait for polls to open on Election Day

The League monitored Texas State University students' access to voting in the 2018 mid-terms.

Students wait for polls to open at the LBJ Student Center, November 6, 6:30 a.m.


Registering college students creates life-long voters

Registering and educating young voters is a primary activity of League members.

Participants in a joint deputy voter registration training for Travis and Hays counties.

Training voter registrars

Hays and Travis county LWV members participate in joint deputy voter registrar training.

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LWV HaysCo challenges voting barriers faced by Texas State University students

A threatend lawsuit ensured Texas State University students had more days and hours to vote.

Hays County


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Get Ready to Vote!


Research the Candidates and Their Positions

The League of Women Voters of Hays County's Candidate Forums' video and audio are posted on our Forums Recording page here.

Use VOTE411.ORG to compare candidates' positions. Click on the image or scan the QR code to go to Vote411.org where you can choose your candidates and print out a personalized ballot to take with you to the polls. A printed list is allowed, but phones/electronic devices are not.

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 Listen to Forum Recordings Here

LWV Candidate Forum recordings covered the Texas House of Representatives candidates, Hays County Sheriff, District Judge, County Court-at-Law #3, Tax Assessor-Collector, County Commissioner Pct 3, Constables for Pcts 1, 2, and 3, San Marcos Mayor and City Council candidates in San Marcos and Wimberley, and Board of Trustees candidates in San Marcos, Wimberley and Dripping Springs.


New This Year

No Straight Party Voting

Rather than voting for a single party with a click of a button, that option has been removed. Now voters will need to vote in each race – but should feel free to skip if they have not decided about a candidate in a given race.

Ballot Order

New with the 2020 Election, the order of candidates will list the candidate of the Governor's party (currently Republican) first, the other major party (currently Democratic) second, followed by the Libertarian then Green Party candidates if any.

Hays County Bond Proposition of $75 Million for Parks on the November 2020 Ballot

The county bond proposal for money for parks has caught some voters unawares. The League of Women Voters of Hays County has not researched the issue and has no position on the bond election.

But we have compiled resources so voters can research the topic and cast an informed vote on the matter. See our page of references at this link

Also on the ballot for many Hays County residents…

The Hays Trinity Ground Water District (HTGWD) has candidates on the ballots for Districts 2 and 4. 

District #2
James Shelton
Jeff Shaw (i)

District #4
Mark Key
Linda Kaye Rogers (i)

(i) incumbent

Locate the Most Convenient Polling Location

Voters can vote at ANY polling location in the county, even on Election Day, thanks to adopting Vote Centers. Find the times and locations of early voting polling locations (left-hand column) and the expanded list of Vote Centers available on Election Day below.

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Voter ID Allowed

Voter ID is required to vote in Texas. Check out what types are allowed here (look about two-thirds of the way down the page).

Problem Voting?

Voters may encounter long lines, a polling location that doesn't open as scheduled, delays due to broken or jammed machines, or other problems. If you encounter a problem and have questions or would like to report an issue, you can call the Hays County Elections Office ‭512-393-7310‬ or the Election Protection Hotline, which is answered by trained League of Women Voters volunteers: 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683). Phone numbers are also available in other languages including American Sign Language. See more information here. The Hays County league also wants to track problems. Please email president [at] lwvhaysco.com and voterservices [at] lwvhaysco.com to provide details.

Election Returns

In this era of coronavirus, far more Americans are voting by mail than ever before. Processing the high volume of mail-in ballots will take longer than usual, so voters should not expect substantially complete polling results on Election Night or even the next day or two. The League of Women Voters encourages you to be patient so that all votes can be counted. After all, democracy is worth waiting for.



You can check on whether the county has received your mail-in ballot. Here's how. You have options to make sure your vote counts even if it hasn't arrived.


Hays County Voters can now vote at ANY polling location that is open during Early Voting and on Election Day.

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If you received a mail-in ballot, you have three options: return it in person to the Hays County Elections Office; vote in person by either surrendering your mail-in ballot to be voided or voting a provisional ballot, or return your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service.

Eligible to Vote by Mail? Make a Plan
Do you want to avoid voting in person if possible? Review the following steps to vote by mail and get going on steps 1 through 3 right away.


Tues., Nov 3 – General Election

• Register to vote by: Oct 5
• Early Voting: Oct 13 – Oct 30
• Mail-in ballot request rec'd by
Oct 23; Ballot rec'd by Nov 3


We are in the midst of a pandemic. The U.S. Post Office tells us they will not beable to handle the volume of mail-in ballots expected in this election.


You can still respond to the 2020 Census online, by mail or by phone. Deadline for all responses is September 30, 2020. Don’t have the code? Just use your address when responding. Visit my2020census.gov to respond

Please vote by mail
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The League strongly encourages all voters eligible to vote by mail to apply for a mail-in ballot rather than waiting. The elections office will likely be handling a large volume of requests