Bryan Likely to Use DOJ's New County Rules

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More than a quarter of Bryan's population has Hispanic origins. Now, the city is prepared to take even more steps to make sure they can vote.

After the justice department put strict guidelines solely on Brazos County following an investigation, Bryan officials say they'll also abide by those rules in future elections. That means, like the county, they'll have to find even more bilingual election workers for their precincts.

According to the new DOJ regulations, the county will have to make all attempts to have bilingual election workers in precincts based on registered voters with Spanish surnames.

While Bryan has mandated bilingual election workers in the past, City Manager Mary Lynne Stratta says the city could end up consolidating precincts as a result of these new guidelines. Stratta will bring up that option with the city council at a future meeting.

The last US Census determined that a quarter of Bryan's residents speak a language other than English at home.

Election officials in College Station could not be reached for comment.