Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Prairie View A&M University Campus Voting Site Denied

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Prairie View A&M University Campus Voting Site Denied

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HEMPSTEAD, TEXAS

Waller County commissioners have denied the designation of a central campus voting site at Prairie View A&M University, rekindling a dispute about student voting there.

The 3-to-2 vote on Sept. 3 surprised minority leaders who thought county Judge Owen Ralston, a White Republican, would be willing to join with the court's two Democrats, both Black, to approve the voting location on the historically Black campus.

The Commissioners Court recently approved the use of the county's community center at the south edge of the campus to serve as the lone polling place for both the university and the small town that adjoins it.

Proponents of the central campus site said the community building--five minutes by foot from the center of campus--is inconvenient and intimidating to student voters.

However, Ralston countered that the Memorial Student Center--proposed as the second voting site--is too noisy and crowded to meet legal security requirements for voting.

"There's not a place in that building that meets the election code," he said. "We need to find a better place if there's to be voting on the campus. …

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