From 2005 to 2010, the Help America Vote Act granted $928,000 to Grayson County. http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/hava/county-distribution.shtml
What has been done with the money? How much of it has been used to increase voter participation in Grayson County? I doubt that reducing the number of polling locations from 54 to 22 was intended by HAVA. Is Grayson County in violation of the spirit if not the letter of the law? The law specifically lists as a possible good use of the funds:
Improving the accessibility and quantity of polling places…Title I, Sec. 101 (b)(1)(G)
US Election Assistance Commission, established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), recommends counties:
“Work to obtain access to existing GIS data base information to determine location…
Contact area city planning departments to review future use and zoning maps to determine where and what type of future growth is expected within the next election cycle. Periodically review new occupancy permits to assist with population density projections. Example: It is important to know when and where large apartment complexes are scheduled to be constructed as it may require additional polling places to efficiently serve the voters.
Conduct a public hearing to gain input and approval of the vote centers and early voting locations. Be sure to invite members of the major political parties.
Consider merging the data collected on all possible locations with your county’s GIS computer system. By merging voter registration and “expected to vote” numbers by precinct with the GIS data, you are able to visually locate buildings that are within close proximity to precincts and voters and with sufficient capacity to serve the number of voters expected on Election Day.”