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Who votes where in redrawn school district

By Trishna Buch  

A SCHOOL district has moved to dispel voters’ fears that they won’t know whether and where to cast their ballots in next month’s elections.
The Post asked Texas City independent school district for help in ending the confusion after receiving requests from members of the public for advice about three electoral divisions.
Melissa Tortorici, TCISD’s communications director, responded by providing detailed maps of the two districts – numbers two and three – in which voters are being called upon to elect new representatives for the five-district jurisdiction, top left.
She also explained the thinking behind the redrawing of the election boundaries, which came about as a result of last year’s annexation of La Marque ISD by Texas City at the command of former Texas education commissioner Michael Williams.
She said: “The major concern was to make sure that the districts were to have populations balanced as much as possible within the single-member districts, while making sure that it met all legal requirements”.
As a result of the boundary changes, people living in the eastern half of Tiki Island and on the mainland moving north through Bayou Vista and into south La Marque will vote in district two, center right, where incumbent Mable Pratt, a retiree, is being challenged by social worker Lois Henderson-Jones. Pratt was elected in December after the death of Manuel Guajardo, who had represented TCISD’s former district two for many years.
People living in north La Marque and West Texas City will vote in district three, left, where Nakisha Paul, a nursing information technology coordinator, and David Rac, a retired higher-education financial officer, are on the ballot.
Voters living in both districts can cast their ballot at any Galveston County polling station open on the day they go to the polls.
Tortorici provided two lists of polling places, one comprised of stations open during early voting, from April 24-28 and again on May 1 and 2, and the other showing the locations open on election day, May 6. Both lists are shown at bottom and they are also online at galvestonvotes.org. Select “This election” on the home page and then “Polling locations” to find the station most convenient for your lifestyle.
You can cast your ballot near your home, near your place of work, a shopping mall or anywhere on the relevant list that’s convenient to your needs on the day you vote.
Voters in the jurisdiction’s district five have also contacted The Post to ask their situation.
The district was also up for election but no one stepped forward to challenge the incumbent, banker Dickey Campbell, so there will be no vote and he will be returned unopposed.
Campbell and the winner of the district-three election will serve until May 2020, while the winner of the district-two seat will serve the remaining two years of its natural term, until May 2019.
• The TCISD maps also appear in electronic form on our website, where viewers can zoom in to read extra details such as street names.

 

 

Early voting polling places
April 24-28, 8:00am-5:00pm, and May 1 and 2, 7:00am-7:00pm

Seaside Baptist church
16534 Termini-San Luis Pass Road
Jamaica Beach

Fine-arts building foyer
College Of The Mainland
1200 North Amburn Road
Texas City

County court house, second floor
722 Moody Avenue
Galveston

MUD 12 building, second floor
2929 SH-6, Suite 300
Bayou Vista

Hitchcock city hall
7423 SH-6
Hitchcock

Santa Fe ISD museum
13304 SH-6
Santa Fe

La Marque community center
1109-B Bayou Road
La Marque

Dickinson community center
2714 SH-3
Dickinson

Kemah fire department
905 SH-146
Kemah

County justice center, second-floor conference room
600 59th Street
Galveston

Moody Methodist church
2803 53rd Street
Galveston

Election Day polling places
May 6, 7:00am-7:00pm

Seaside Baptist church
16534 Termini-San Luis Pass Road
Jamaica Beach

Rebecca Sealy Hospital, first floor
404 8th Street
Galveston

County court house, second floor
722 Moody Avenue
Galveston

Morgan elementary magnet school
1410 37th Street
Galveston

GISD administration building
board room
3904 Avenue T at 39th Street
Galveston

MUD 12 building, second floor
2929 SH-6, Suite 300
Bayou Vista

Alamo school
5200 Avenue N1/2
Galveston

Moody Methodist church
2803 53rd Street
Galveston

La Marque community center
1109B Bayou Road
La Marque

Santa Fe ISD museum
13304 SH-6
Santa Fe

Dickinson city hall
4403 SH-3
Dickinson

Kemah fire department
905 SH-146
Kemah

Nessler Center surf room
2010 5th Avenue North
Texas City

Hitchcock ISD administration
lunch room
7801 Neville Road, Building B
Hitchcock

Carver Park community center
6415 Park Avenue
Texas City

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