While a number of counties are experiencing long delays and some real problems with early voting, the process has been fairly smooth for Brown County.
“We’ve had a very low turnout so far,” said Suzy Young, elections administrator for Brown County, “and I hope that’s not because people are aware of the database glitch and are afraid they’ll have to wait a long time, because it’s been pretty smooth here. We’ve had minimal problems.
“And if people are registered, we encourage them to vote early if they can, because it will be more convenient and probably less waiting on election day.”
Early voting continues from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. today, and will run from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Saturday, May 12, is election day.
All Brown County voters participating in the constitutional amendment election will go to the Coliseum Annex for early voting, along with Brownwood voters casting ballots in the city council election. Other councils and school districts in the county will hold early voting within their jurisdictions.
While some counties have levied serious criticisms against the state’s $14 million centralized voting-records system, and a few counties have not been able to use the system at all because of a software glitch, Young said Brown County had experienced hardly any problems.
“Some of it’s just odd little things like the way names are alphabetized, and we’ve been able to figure it out,” Young said. “No one’s had to wait too long, and most people have hardly had to wait at all. And no one’s been turned away.”
Even if someone’s name is not on the older version hard copy lists the county has, the person can vote provisionally, and have the ballot counted once the registration is confirmed.