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Election 2016: Early Voting in Harris County


Long line to vote early outside Metropolitan Multiservice Center in Houston Oct. 24, 2016.

Monday, October 24th was the first day of early voting in Texas, and the last day is Friday, November 4th. That means we are smack in the middle of the only weekend available to vote early. So, if you haven’t already, go vote!

Where can I vote?

According to the Texas Secretary of State’s website, “you may vote at any early voting location in your county of registration.” So, if you’re registered in Harris County, any early voting location in Harris County will do. A list of voting locations is published on the Harris County Clerk’s website.

If you miss the early voting period and you vote on November 8th, you will have to appear at your precinct’s polling location in order to vote.

When can I vote?

Hours of operation for early voting are published on the Harris County Clerk’s website.

October 24 – October 28: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
October 29: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
October 30: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
October 31 – November 4: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m

What kind of ID do I need to bring?

Check out the Texas Secretary of State’s website for an exhaustive list of options.

What’s on my ballot?

Check out the Houston Area League of Women Voters’ Voter Guide for all of the information you could want.

What are the lines like right now?

That probably depends on the location. I voted on Monday at around 4:00 pm at the Metropolitan Multiservice Center on W. Gray. As I got in line a local news anchor behind me said it was a 45-minute wait. I timed it at 30 minutes.

The parking lot was packed, but many parked at the shopping center across the street. As I stood outside and took a picture of the beautiful, old tree that is the focal point of the entrance to the building, a man leaned out of his car window and asked how long I’d waited. When I told him, he said he’d come back on a sleepy Wednesday. “OK,” I said, “but come back!” He promised he would.

According to the Houston Chronicle’s assistant city editor, Matt Schwartz, every day of early voting has seen more turnout than the one before.

Today at around 3:00 pm my boyfriend and his mom voted in Humble, and they said the line was about a half-hour wait, but it moved quickly.

Bottom line, go vote when you can. If you’re able to vote any time that isn’t rush hour, even better.

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