Friday, September 19, 2008
Voter participation campaign planned
Officials from Bryan, College Station Brazos County, Texas A&M University and the Bryan and College Station school districts are joining forces to encourage voter registration and voter participation, and to highlight the need for more bilingual poll workers.
The Bryan area has about 43,000 registered voters and the College Station area has about 40,000. About 15 percent of College Station’s registered voters cast ballots in the 2008 municipal election. Less than 10 percent of Bryan’s registered voters went to the polls in May.
The dismal turnout – and a desire to increase the diversity of the voting population and encourage college student participation – prompted local officials into action.
The Vote Campaign is led by Bryan attorney Daniel Hernandez and supported by city and county officials who also recognize a need. The effort is nonpartisan.
“It’s not about a political party. It’s about voting,” Hernandez said. “Our voter turnout increased during the recent primary election, and we hope to build on that.”
A press conference launching the campaign is set for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 23 at the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce.
Several other events will follow, featuring demonstrations on how to use electronic voting machines and allowing residents to register to vote or sign up to work the polls during future elections.
Bryan is hosting an event in City Council Chambers at the Bryan Municipal Building at 6 p.m. Oct. 2, for neighborhood associations and homeowners’ associations. The Vote Campaign also will be promoted during National Night Out on Oct. 7.
Oct. 6 is the deadline to register to vote. Early voting begins Oct. 20 for the Nov. 4 election.
Additional Contact Information
Mary Lynne Stratta
Bryan City Secretary
College Station City Secretary
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