Election Day Turnout Looking Low In Brazos County

BRYAN, Texas Low voter turnout is marking this election day across the area, and rainy weather may be part of the problem along with a lack of interest on some of the ballot issues.

But there is the race for Bryan Mayor and a statewide constitutional amendment on a precious natural resource: water.

Early voting in Brazos County was down more than 500 votes this year compared to the non-presidential election two years ago.

Historically only a small fraction of registered voters show up at the polls for constitutional amendment elections.

Tuesday's results are expected to be the same.

Rainy weather may have kept some away from polling places across Bryan / College Station, but not Barbara Stavinoha of Bryan.

"It's what America is all about and the people that don't vote should never complain, right? It's our privilege," she said.

Only 10 to 20 percent of Brazos County's 88,000 registered voters are expected to vote this Election Day, something she says is embarrassing.

"It's terrible," Stavinoha added.

With no presidential or gubernatorial race, turnout historically stays low.

Local elections and state propositions are on this year's ballot.

Many Texas A&M students we spoke with aren't voting.

"Probably not. I usually vote for the president and all that so we voted last time but I heard it was election day," said Kelcie Holloway, a Texas A&M Student.

"I've just been in the school mode," said Rex Watson, another Texas A&M Student.

"I think I exercise my not rights but my privileges as a citizen a little bit more than maybe the average kid, but it's still not up to par I would say," said Mitch McCarty, a Texas A&M Student who says he still votes back home in Denton County.

"I don't like voting when I don't know anything about them," said Texas
A&M Student Megan Horne.

Brazos County Tax Assessor-Collector Kristeen Roe was surprised things are steadier than they expected.

"I think we may see a little bit more turnout than normal because we have moved our local races, our city and school races to the November ballot so that certainly might boost it a little bit," said Roe.

Lifelong voter Margaret Heartsill of Bryan had this advice as she exited the polls.

"I would tell them that they need to quit being apathetic and go vote even when it seems like it doesn't make a difference, it does you know," said Heartsill.

An election for local leaders and state legislation being decided by relatively few.

The polls close at 7 P.M. Tuesday.

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