GALVESTON — The Galveston City Council approved an ordinance Thursday calling the city’s election on May 10. The city contracted with the Galveston County elections office to manage polling places, but where those polling places will be is not yet finalized.
Bill Sargent, the county’s chief deputy clerk for elections, told the council that by partnering with his office, voters would be able to use any location in the county to cast a Galveston ballot.
Sargent provided the council with a list of nine proposed polling locations on the island, eight in Galveston and one in Jamaica Beach.
The list drew some criticism from District 6 Councilwoman Marie Robb, who said that none of the proposed locations was actually in her district, which represents all areas west of 71st Street. Jamaica Beach is not in the city limits, and one of the proposed sites, the Weis Middle School building, is about a block outside of District 6’s boundaries.
“We’re talking about a large area that’s highly populated that is unserved by transit,” Robb said. “We’re asking those folks to go all the way over here or all the way over there to vote.”
The council ultimately voted to add Immanuel Baptist Church on Stewart Road as a potential polling location, though the council still could choose not to use that site after receiving a final cost estimate from the county.
Overnight parking rule lifted
GALVESTON — The City Council unanimously approved lifting the Seawall’s overnight parking rules for the first weekend of Mardi Gras.
Starting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, people will be able to stake out a spot on the street and keep it through 6 p.m. on Feb. 23. The street is a popular destination for residents and visitors, who often park recreational vehicles and trailers along the route of two of the island’s longest Mardi Gras parades.