Officials Expect Record High Voter Turnout for Brazos County

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

The deadline is here. But by the time all the voter registration forms are counted, Brazos County could reach a new all-time high.

Hundreds of people turned out Monday to register at the last minute for a variety of different issues, all leading back to the Presidential race.

If the bell on the door of the Voter Registrar's Office is any indication of how big the upcoming presidential election is, the answer is huge.

"I waited this long because I'm a procrastinator," Brazos County Resident Kristin Birch said.

Dozens of last minute voters filed in and out of the registrar's office to make sure they're voices are heard come November.

"Today it's been a little bit crazy, we've been extremely busy," Tax Assessor -Collector Kristeen Roe said. "Our phones have been busy all morning, we've had a constant stream of people in and out."

Although there's little standing room inside the building, bigger concerns nation-wide keep people trickling in, filling out the cards and waiting for their stamp of approval.

Mainly one in particular....

"The economy is a big issue," one Brazos County resident said.
"The financial deficit," says another resident. "The economic issues that are ahead of us," said a third.

Issues such as the economy, and the War in Iraq are important enough to Leslie Carroll, that he came down to the registrar's office just to double check that he's in the system and will be able to vote come November 4th.

"The older I'm getting, the more important it's becoming to me," Carroll said. "When I was younger it didn't really matter but now it does because I have kids and I want to make sure everything is right for them."

So whether you're registering to vote based on the issues....

"Socialized medicine, like I feel that Obama has a more social approach to the medicine system, that I feel very strongly against," First Time Voter Emily Drake said.

Or the people themselves...

"I don't see her as a Maverick (Palin), she's not qualified," Johnny Thomas said.

Bottom line, people in Brazos County feel inspired to register to vote like they never have before.

"The last number I ran we had 89,500 and I expect that it will probably be over 90,000 this year," Roe said. "Which I think will be a first for us. I don't believe Brazos County has topped that number before, but I think we will this year."

Brazos County Early Voting Dates:

-October 20, 2008 - October 24, 2008
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

-October 25, 2008
Saturday
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

-October 26, 2008
Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

-October 27, 2008 - October 31, 2008
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Brazos County Early Voting Locations:

-Brazos County Courthouse (Bryan)
-Arena Hall (Bryan)
-Galilee Baptist Church (Bryan)
-Grace Bible Church-Southwood (College Station)
-Memorial Student Center (MSC) (Texas A&M)

For a complete list of polling locations for the November 4th election swing by the Voter Registrar's Office in Bryan.

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