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Page 2A NE'W$ Hays Free Press * March 15, 2017 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: .Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS Continued from pg. 1A down a key section of the Voting Rights Act that had forced Texas to seek permission before making changes to election pro- cedures. But that didn't end the legal battle. The U.S. Dep -tment of Justice and other plaintiffs pressed on in the case, and Texas held elections using interim maps drawn by judges. In its decision Friday, the court still found that mapdrawers acted with an impermissible intent to dilute minority voting ,.... ............... El~n "~~"~-T ....... i If you think it's news, we probably do too! • Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 • E-mail: news@haysfreepress. com • Mail: 113 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the 0ages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES • The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. • The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the .Friday deadline. LETI'ERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally • written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity.and clarity• All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification• Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@ HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller streets in the town's oldest remaining building• It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The Paper consolidated with The Free Press ~n October, 1978. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. Have you ever met someone only to find yourself strength or otherwise violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the Con- stitution. "The Court finds that this evidence persua- sively demonstrates that mapdrawers intentionally packed [concentrated certain populations] and cracked [diluted certain populations] on the basis of race (using race as a proxy, for voting behavior) with the intent to dilute minority voting strength," U.S. District Judges Or- lando Garcia and Xavier Rodriguez wrote in the includes part of Hays County~ is ~ /~ represente~ Doggett, ~!~::!:::i::i:, :!: rict'sboundar- I iJ; iel ::: i: :. ies must be redrawn after being fl;/~: {~:i}a:ii:ii:Si: i::~: ruled unconstitutional last week. I%ai.:::i:fg.::.:::: ~:.:~. ~;: majority opinion. Justice has overplayed its of the 2011 district lines after hearing arguments In his dissenting opin- hand and, in the process, has crashed and burned, in 2014. ion, Judge Jerry Smith of has lost credibility," Smith I respectfully dissent from Texas Democrats quick- the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court wrote. "The wound is the refusal to dismiss for ly rejoiced in the decision of Appeals called the case self-inflicted. The grand want of jurisdiction."late Friday night. moot under previous theory on which its inter- The majority ruling "Tonight is a victory for rulings, and he sharply vention was mainly based loosened the case from a the voting rights of all Tex- criticized the Justice De- - that invidious racial lengthy limbo; Groups su- ans," Gilberto Hinojosa, partment, motives infect and pre- ing the state complained the state party chair, said "The Department of dominate in the drawing the judges were dithering in a statement. lost in their eyes? Leash skill, skillful lounging and attention are just some of the Characteristics that make Nell remarkable. If you're looking for the whole package, then look no further than this gentle guy. ! Elections: 1,800 uncounted ballots usher in new policy Continued from pg. 1A According to state law, Anderson. because the election The only reported results were already can- Anthem votes from the vassed by Commission- MBB recording was ers Court, those results, one vote against. There without the 1,816 missing were no votes for, so the ballots, stand, missing MBB contained Anderson explained those two votes for the what this means is that anthem MUD. Anderson the numbers that were said this single vote most up, went up a little likely came from human further; there was no error. overturn of an election Anderson's motivation other than the Anthem into starting the MUD. investigation came Anthem MUD is from not only concerns a municipal utility that she had heard district west of Kyle. The throughout the county, Anthem MUD vote in the but also because there November election was were some unanswered set to create the district, questions about the way elect a board of directors the reporting had come and then to levee the tax out after the election. for the MUD. Fortunately for voters, Anderson said that this MBB was changed there were only two out on the second day of eligible voters in that early voting, so it didn't election, and after the affect the whole voting election results were period, rather the first made public reporting two days of early voting the vote "against," both at the Hays County voters announced they Government Center. had voted "for" in favor of An election contest the MUD's bond. ultimately overturned This led to an the results in favor of the investigation in which Anthem MUD. Anderson discovered The May elections one Mobile Ballot Box will be Anderson's first (MBB), which is a device election working alone as that communicates Elections Administrator with voting booths for Hays County, and she and records all votes has started implementing to calculate a final tally policies and procedures in an election, was not to make sure a problem recorded in the election, like this is avoided in the There are more than 40 future to ensure citizens MBBs used during the that their vote does elections throughout indeed matter. Hays County. The first policy involves "The missing MBB a log system that is put in wasback in our storage, place to list the locations a room where those of all the MBBs and their who do tally and store replacement equipment. our equipment, and it Those items will be locked was just not anywhere inside Anderson's office. secured - just laying on The elections Office a shelf in a box," said also continuously Taazen is a 3-1/2-year-old shorthair who thinks he doesn't need an owner, but would like a home, If you need a feather chasing, independent man around the house then this is , definitely your guy: PAWS Shelter and Humane Society is a n0n-profit, no-kill shelter operated primarily on.donations and adoptions. 500 FM 150 E, Kyle, TX • 512 268-1611 • All animals are fully vaccinated spay/neutered, microchipped and dewormed. back up the E-slates onthere was just one person office would have never replacement equipment, doing those things, known about this missing "If we replaced I'd like to see nobodyMBBif they didn't have equipment here at the singularly doing anything electronic equipment. government center, if in this office. I think there She was able to go back we had backed up the should always be two sets months afterwards actual voting machine of eyes. two minds andand figure out what that night, we would have two signatures." happened; with paper seen the difference that After the problem they would have not been night," said Anderson. came forth about the able to do this. Anderson said she will missing votes, some "You're going to have also cross-train to help citizens of Hays County equipment failures at improve accountability, who are in favor of paper times," said Anderson. "I now have two people ballots havevoiced "It's about knowing how doing the programming their opinions againstto track that equipment, and two people working electronic polling, keep it in thechain of on the equipment," said However, Anderson custody and make sure Anderson. 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