Election Regs Approved by Commissioners

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Brazos County commissioners have approved documents given to them by the Department of Justice.

The approval comes two weeks after the county reached an agreement with the DOJ after allegations surfaced regarding the county's lack of bilingual election workers during the March primaries. As outlined in the documents, the county will create a committee that will meet monthly for the next year and quarterly after that to mobilize bilingual lection workers.

Brazos County will also have a certain number of bilingual officials for each precinct based on registered voters with Hispanic surnames.

Commissioners also approved an agreement with a firm to provide legal assistance with voting rights issues.

Also of note, the court maintained the county's burn ban. Commissioners will not meet next Tuesday because of the Fourth of July holiday. That means the burn ban will be on at least until July 11 when they next meet.

There is no fireworks ban in effect as Independence Day approaches, though Governor Rick Perry could issue an order banning use of fireworks if conditions warrant.