County Clerk’s Office Adjusting To Demands During Election Season

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

In Brazos County the early voter turnout so far is higher than the presidential election 4 years ago, but that's not the reason the county clerk's office is extremely busy.

The former election coordinator for the county is no longer employed with the county clerk’s office.

"More on my plate, more on my plate,” said Karen McQueen, the Brazos County Clerk.

There were more than 2500 people who cast their ballot the first day of early voting in Brazos County. That's up 4% from 4 years ago, but it isn't the reason why McQueen is working long hours.

Her former employee, the elections coordinator, was arrested. Jamie Hines was charged in August for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the county clerk's office related to fees for marriage certificates.

"I did have to move up a clerk that took her place. It's hard for me to train her when she is trying to train somebody to do her job,” said McQueen.

Krystal Ocon is now training to take over as elections coordinator. She was the assistant elections coordinator.

"I'm still learning. It's a lot to learn, but we will get through it,” said Ocon.

The county clerk's office is also being audited after Hines' arrest.

"We have several different things going in at once. Some days it is very overwhelming, and I just go home and fall out. Then some days it's nice and calm,” said McQueen.

Early voting will take place from now until November 2nd.

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