La Joya fights to get early voting site back

The City of La Joya will soon find out if they can reopen their early voting polling site after county commissioners decided to close it down in favor of another one in Penitas.

La Joya Mayor Salinas said he sent a letter last week to County Judge Ramon Garcia on behalf of the City of La Joya, asking that the commissioners court reinstate and approve the city as an early voting poll location for its next election.

The Hidalgo County Commissioners court voted in December to remove La Joya from a list of approved early voting poll sites.

The decision came at the request of Precinct 3 Commissioner Joe Flores.

La Joya City officials are shocked the county would take away such a busy polling location saying that it would exclude and keep many of their residents from casting votes. "We abide by what the majority says and I think since we do have a lot of people that side with this group and they are pro-Rodriguez. I really think it was political to take away the vote from here and take them to another polling site."

Mayor Salinas said that there has been no reason for giving for the commissioners TM previous decision to remove La Joya's polling site in favor of one in Penitas, but he hopes that the court will change their mind during their next meeting.

The issue has been placed on the agenda and Salinas has filed a written request to speak before the vote is made.

That decision will be made tomorrow at the commissioners court meeting at 9:30. The mayor said he will have about 50 people bused from the city of La Joya to show their support. In La Joya,

At this time, the closest early voting locations for those living in La Joya are currently located in either Penitas or Sullivan city.

If La Joya is not reinstated as an early polling site, there will be a location open on Election Day during the primary and the general election.

The last day to register to vote for the March 4th primary is February 3rd.

Early voting runs from February 18 to February 28.