Brazos County Voter Turnout Ends Low at 11.65 Percent

BRYAN, Texas A slim turnout Tuesday at the polls fueled by no presidential or gubernatorial race.

Organizers say less than 12 percent of registered voters in Brazos County-cast ballots.

The election costs remain no matter the showing.

The votes have been counted and winners declared, but only 10,977 of the 94,224 voters in Brazos County hit the polls in this year's constitutional amendment election.

"It's what we expect for this type, it's an off year. We still have to prepare just as much as we normally would, but for the most part this is about normal for us," said McQueen.

Karen McQueen is the Brazos County Clerk and says low voter turnout was what they expected but the election still cost about $60,000 for the county.

"We try to keep the cost down and do as much in house as possible," said McQueen.

Here at Castle Heights Missionary Baptist Church on Highway 21 only 19 voters showed up on Election Day, but some polling places had an even lower turnout.

The Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M saw just nine voters while four election officials staffed it.

The Lincoln Center in College Station had just 25 voters according to Election Judge Andre Mae Steen. She told us by phone they will be working on having a bigger voter turnout next election and work to make sure people are current on the issues.

Karen McQueen says they can't consolidate polling places except for primary runoffs.

"We're going to be doing early voting in February next year, so we'll get a little break and we're starting up so it's going to be an interesting election season next year," McQueen said.

New elections and new costs whether voters show up or not.

Some of the precincts had 0 votes returned.

Karen McQueen tells us that while people showed up to vote at all their polling places, some of the county's precincts don't have any registered voters.

18 people had to use provisional ballots Tuesday for issues at the polls.

Two of those were the result of the new rule requiring you show i-d to vote.

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