Elections office staff treats road crew inmates to lunch to thank them for election-related work

STEVE NASH steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com
Sheriff Bobby Grubbs (left) and Brown County Elections Administrator Suzy Young (right) stand with other sheriff's officers and inmates that form the road crew for precincts 1 and 2 in the elections office Wednesday.

Brown County Elections Administrator Suzy Young and her staff treated a group of Brown County Jail inmates who work on the precincts 1 and 2 road crews to a barbecue lunch Wednesday to thank them for the work they did related to this week's primary elections.

Sheriff Bobby Grubbs, Chief Deputy Bobby Duvall and the road crew supervisors gathered at the elections office inside the Adams Street Community Center for lunch from Stick's Barbecue.

Young said the road crew inmates had worked Monday to help take voting equipment to the polling places and to bring it back to the elections office Wednesday. "The sheriff's office and the commissioners have always let me use the road crews," Young said, adding that the inmates were "extremely" helpful.

The road crew inmates joked with each other and with Young, Grubbs, Duvall and the road crew supervisors, and addressed them as "sir" and "ma'am." The inmates were "eery respectful," Young said.

"Guys, I want to thank you very much because it was so cold," Young told the inmates, referring to Monday.

Also Wednesday, Young noted that 6,375 voters in Brown County cast ballots in the primary elections, with all but 211 cast in the Republican Part primary. With 22,633 registered voters in the county, the voter turnout was 28.5 percent. "That's a pretty good turnout," Young said.

The elections office will be preparing for a busy May, as city and school board elections will be May 10, and the runoff election for this week's primary election will be May 27. Early voting for the runoff will begin May 19.