Medina County residents opposed to a planned shift there to electronic-only voting are cheering a decision by county commissioners to keep paper ballots available in the Nov. 8 election.
But Natalia Mayor Ruby Vera called the commissioners’ vote last week to delay until March the conversion to paperless voting “a stalling tactic” to appease roughly 700 petition signers who assert that using paper ballots is “a right” of voters.
Commissioners had voted in September switch to all-electronic voting in November, but Medina County Judge Jim Barden said there’s not enough time to educate the public and to complete the transition.
“We didn’t have enough time to get it through the Department of Justice,” he said Monday.
Due to the resistance, Commissioner Jerry Beck last week suggested reconsidering the move to eliminate paper ballots. The issue will be on next Monday’s meeting agenda.