Residents can try
new voting machines
Hays County voters will have new voting machines for the November elections and and can try them out in advance by stopping by any precinct office during regular business hours until early voting begins this fall.
The Verity Duo system allow users to switch between English and Spanish at any time during the voting process. Voters who need an adaptive device can choose from a rotating selection wheel, plug-in earphones or a sip-and-puff option. Poll workers will also have a cart-based system for curbside voting.
At the precinct offices, practice voters will see three machines. The first one, on the left, will be used to get the access code for voting — during an election this will be done by a poll worker. The middle machine is the voting machine, with a touch screen, that will ask voters twice to confirm their choices and then print a paper ballot for scanning, giving yet another opportunity to review selections. To finalize the vote and cast the ballot, voters will place the paper ballot in the scanner to the right of the voting machine. The scanner will read the text, and then drop the paper ballot into a secure, locked ballot box so it will be available for standard auditing and should a recount be necessary. Voters will know their vote is complete when they see the U.S. flag wave on the screen, just as it has with previous voting equipment.
Residents can try out the new machines at the Hays County Courthouse, 111 E. San Antonio St., San Marcos; the Precinct 2 office, 5458 FM 2770, Kyle; the Precinct 3 office, 200 Stillwater Road, Wimberley; the Precinct 4 office, 195 Roger Hanks Parkway, Dripping Springs; and the elections office at the Hays County Government Center, 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
Veterans job fair
Thursday at Erwin Center
Disabled American Veterans and Recruit Military will host a free hiring event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Erwin Special Events Center, 1701 Red River St.
The event, featuring 42 registered exhibitors, is for veterans, transitioning military personnel, U.S. National Guard members, U.S. Army Reserve members and military spouses.
For information or to register: bit.ly/Austin091219.
City warns residents
of scam using city number
The city of Buda has been made aware of a possible scam involving a caller who is spoofing a Buda office number and telling residents that there is “fraudulent activity” happening with their Social Security numbers.
Spoofing is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. The number showing is 512-523-1013, which is a city of Buda office number.
The city reminds residents that if someone calls from this number claiming that their Social Security number has been compromised, it is a scam. Residents are encouraged to report this to the Buda police at 512-393-7896.
The city reminds residents to not give personal information in response to an unexpected request.
Gardening group hosts
lunch and learn event
The Bastrop County Master Gardener Association will host a lunch and learn event from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Bastrop County judge office, 804 Pecan St.
The featured speaker will be a Bastrop County master gardener who will share secrets and ideas about starting a fall garden. Attendees should bring their lunch.
We print birthdays for World War II veterans from Central Texas on Sundays as space allows. Email the name, birth date and current hometown to firstname.lastname@example.org.