There was a Public Hearing on Precinct 2 (Voting Box 8 at VFW Poteet), at Mondays, Commissioner’s Court regular meeting at the Atascosa County Courthouse. Citizens were allowed to speak to this issue with a three-minute time limit. There were eight speakers including Marian Knowlton, Atascosa County Republican Chair, Julie Hilberg, Atascosa County Democratic Chair, Will Bates, Caroline George, and Sara Lott. Judge Hurley said that he called for this hearing to make clear there was no voter suppression. The hearing’s purpose was to determine to reinstate the box or not. After the hearing, the commissioner’s voted unanimously to reopen the box.
“We voted to reopen the box after the public hearing,” said Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley. “Then after reviewing the law, I determined that on the next Commissioner’s Court we’re going to reopen the full Old Rock School Grounds and Essex polling stations, because they have over 500 registered voters. And the rule is to keep open anything over 500 registered voters. All the other polling stations we closed, I reviewed them and they’re under 500. So we’re on solid ground with that. I talked to the Democratic county chair and she’s happy with the resolution.”
Julie Hilberg, Atascosa County Democratic Chair stated about the hearing, “Yesterday was a great day for voters and Democrats in Atascosa County. I’d like to thank everyone who helped make it possible… Judge Hurley and the Commissioner’s Court listened to the people and it was wonderful to see the democratic process in action. I’m looking forward to developing a great bipartisan relationship as we move ahead into the future, and one that will benefit all the voters of Atascosa County.”