He apologized Aug. 24 for the inaccurate estimate.
“I got a call from some of the folks down River Road and was told it is a 72-mile round trip,” Beierle said. “They are not as far as the county line, so in my mind, I rounded it out to 90 miles.”
The need remains as 72 miles is still a long way and his constituents in the area would benefit from a polling place, he said. Also, it would only cost about $800.
Beierle added that he already had volunteers to work the polling place during early voting and on Election Day.
“The question becomes if we start adding exceptions, where do we draw the line,” County Judge James Oakley said. “They have easy access to mail-in ballots and early voting.”
Precinct 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery added that anyone can vote at any of the county’s polling places regardless of where they live. The early voting period is two weeks long.
“If they come into town for something, they have plenty of time to vote,” he said.
Beierle made a motion to add the sixth polling place, which died for lack of a second. A motion to approve the five polling places as presented by County Election Administrator Doug Ferguson passed on a 4-1 vote. Beierle cast the dissenting vote.
NOV. 2, 2021, POLLING PLACES
AgriLife Auditorium, 607 N. Vandeveer St., Burnet
Highland Haven Community Center, 118 Blackbird Drive
Bertram Library, 170 N. Gabriel St.
Granite Shoals Community Center, 1208 N. Phillips Ranch Road
Marble Falls Courthouse Annex, 810 Steve Hawkins Parkway
Burnet County Commissioners Court meets at 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in the Burnet County Courthouse, 220 S Pierce St. in Burnet. Meetings are in person and open to the public.