UPDATE: City Council's Ruling Affects Voting Locations
POSTED: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 6:44pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 7:29pm
EL PASO - "Taking the early mobile voting sites from the established places where we have had absolutely no problems in the past, in the churches and businesses, is going to take away the vote," De Avila said.
Eloiso De Avila represents EPISO, a largely church-based organization, he says less people will come out to vote without private spaces available.
And that, doesn't benefit El Paso.
"Bottom line, it's all about voter turn out and increasing the vote. It's about making El Paso count in the state and in the nation," De Avila said.
Josephine Bosley is one voter that's happy about today's outcome.
"They voted just the way I wanted. It's just for the people. Why are we spending money for these extra voting places when it's not necessary," Bosley said.
Bosley says as a voter, she hasn't always felt comfortable voting inside churches.
"The priests were in there. Because they're priests and I'm not in their parish I was intimidated," Bosley said.
She feels voting in religious spaces could influence voters.
"If I hadn't been there as a poll watcher, I'm sure someone would have made suggestions and that's the way I feel," Bosley said.
De Avila says EPISO will continue to work to restore voting in private places., but the community still may lose voters.
"We're still going to promote voting and now it's going to be more inconvenient for the people that get out of church," De Avila said.