The deadline to register to vote in time to participate in the Nov. 4 general election passed Monday, but that was only the start of the countdown to election day at the Brown County Elections Administrators Office.
“It’s busy,” elections administrator Suzy Young said. “We look up, and suddenly it’s just four weeks before the election.”
A total count on the number of registered voters in the county is not yet available.
This week, office staff members are concentrating on processing the new voter registrations received in the final days before the deadline. But the more pressing assignment is handling the requests for mail ballots going out to members of the military service who have Brown County listed as their home.
“If we don’t get those out in time, we have to notify the state,” Young said.
Meanwhile, the deadline for all voters to request a mail ballot is Oct. 28. That process has been under way for several weeks, and Young said several dozen mail ballots have already been returned to her office.
Early voting will be held Oct. 20 through Oct. 31, and Young said plans are being made for late hours and other special arrangements to accommodate voters who want to vote early but can’t get away from work during her office’s typical 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekday schedule.
“We don’t want anyone to have that excuse for not voting,” Young said.
Her office made a similar accommodation on Monday, the final day for voter registration for the upcoming election.
The Brownwood Lions Club cooked hot dogs and hamburgers over the lunch hour so people could register without sacrificing their meal.