Smith County Commissioners will officially canvas votes from the Nov. 3 election and set a public hearing for the public to weigh in on its new voting system.

The meeting will is set for 9:30 a.m. in the Smith County Courthouse Annex building, 200 E. Ferguson St.

In September, the state approved Smith County to move to countywide vote centers, which allow voters to cast their ballot at any one of the 34 approved polling locations. The November constitutional amendments election was the first under the new program.

Previously, voters could cast a ballot at any early voting location, but had to vote at their assigned precinct location on the official Election Day.

Now, they will be able to vote at any nearby center on the general Election Day.

Smith County had 49 Election Day polling locations for the 2012 General Election and 42 polling locations in the 2014 General Election.

On Tuesday, the county commissioners will set a pubic hearing for the public to weigh in on the pros and cons of the new system.

The county will also consider approving the creation of the Lindale Reinvestment Zone No. 3.

Commissioners will consider rejecting all bids for herbicide spraying on its county roads as a way to control tall grass on roadways.

A price increase of 3 cents per meal will be brought before the court for approval. The meals are currently 94 cents each, and are proposed to increase to 96.8 cents each.

Soliciting bids for animal kennels is also on the agenda as well as personnel matters including selecting people for a grievance committee.

Faith Harper will be in the meeting. For updates as they append follow @TMTFaith on Twitter.

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Faith Harper is an East Texas native working for her hometown newspaper. She specializes in digital content for the Tyler Morning Telegraph. In her spare time, she loves tacos, road trips and is currently learning to sail.

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