Federal Judge Allows Evening Early Voting in School Bond Election
A federal judge in Marshall has ruled the Daingerfield-Lone Star ISD will be allowed to offer evening convenience voting in its bond and trustee election.
The judge ruled against a lawsuit that asked the court to order the school district to cancel evening convenience early voting for a $28.8 million bond election.
The district has held evening convenience early voting at the high school and an elementary School, but a group of residents filed suit saying evening voting is illegal, and all early voting must be held during daytime hours at the school Administration Building.The suit claimed the evening voting violated state and federal election laws, and violated a contract between the district and the cities of Daingerfield and Lone Star, and Northeast Texas Community College.
The plaintiffs asked the judge to issue a restraining order against the school district, but the request was denied.
This ruling apparently means school districts may, at their own discretion, hold early voting for school board and bond elections during evening hours for the convenience of voters unable to vote during daytime hours. This assumes the district complies with all state and federal laws covering elections and voting rights.