A sign that says "Vote" placed outside in Dallas. Photo by: Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/Kut

TCU will not be losing its early voting site at the Brown-Lupton University Union (BLUU) for the upcoming primary and general elections. 

The future of the site was in doubt after last year’s passage of House Bill 1888, which required all early voting sites in Texas to operate for the full 12-day early voting period. 

Many college voting sites around the state had previously operated for just a portion of the 12-day period; the BLUU site was open for just four days during the 2018 midterm elections.

Tarrant County Elections Administrator Heider Garcia said last October that the future of the sites would be determined after reviewing the 2020 budget. 

His department found the necessary funds to upgrade eight college voting sites, including TCU, to full-time early voting locations and submitted their request to the Tarrant County Commissioners Court.

The court voted Tuesday to approve the upgrade and allow the sites to operate for all 12 days of the early voting period. 

“I want to congratulate you for recommending approval of permanent early voting sites at all of Tarrant County’s universities and colleges,” Commissioner Roy Brooks said Tuesday. “I think that’s the right thing for us to do, and I thank you for being responsive.”

More than 11,000 voters used the county’s campus voting sites during the 2018 midterm elections. 

Early voting for the March 3 primary will begin Feb. 18.

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