End of Rolling Polling Enrages Left
Reliably knowing the location of a polling place and that the location won’t change during an election is common sense when the focus is on the voter. Further, if a polling location is vital for maximum participation keeping it open for the entire election would be prioritized.
Neither of these observations is of concern to the left or its media handmaidens, a fact made clear by the handwringing over rolling polling ending.
Until this year, polling places could change locations during early voting. One day a polling place might be placed at a grocery store only to be moved to a shopping mall or other location the next. This is problematic if you’re a voter passing by the grocery store location thinking it will be there tomorrow. But, what’s bad for the voter is great for harvesters.
Over the past week, several leftist pundits and pols have decried legislation passed during the 2019 legislative session to stop the practice of moving polling locations during early voting, aka rolling polling.
The Texas legislature passed House Bill 1888, by Greg Bonnen (R-Friendswood) requiring early voting polling locations to remain open for the full duration of the 12-day early voting period.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram kicked off the whining about HB 1888 last week, noting that some temporary locations housed on community college campuses would be closed. Note, not all will be closed as prioritization and resource allocation considerations begin.
Today, the Texas Tribune, a leftwing lapdog, spilled significant ink bemoaning the plight of one Williamson County voter and a temporary voting site open one day of early voting in Florence, Texas. Not mentioned in the article, Williamson County has countywide polling, meaning residents can vote anywhere during an election.
The reality: this law is aimed at empowering voters with consistent access to early voting locations.
The left claims move polling locations, makes it convenient. Going forward, counties will be able to prioritize having voting either have to spend additional money to keep locations open longer or no longer offer to vote at temporary sites.
HB 1888 places the attention back on the voter and not on the harvesters. This bothers the left but won’t bother the vast majority of local election officials around the state who, by and large work hard to ensure eligible voters are able to vote.
In arguing against the practice of keeping polling places open the entirety of the election, the Texas left focuses on the selective harvesting of votes that was promoted by rolling polling.
Williamson County’s election administrator Chris Davis testified on the bill offering testimony being used to criticize the bill’s passage.