Last day to vote early for the Joint General and Special Elections

Today is the last day eligible voters can cast their votes ahead of the November 5th election.

Harris County Clerk Dr. Diane Trautman said as of Wednesday night, 101,837 people have voted early in Harris County. So far, this year's early voting results are basically the same as the 2015 mayoral election--roughly 20 percent of eligible voters.

“88,822 of those were in person and 13,015 were by mail and that is as of Wednesday night," said Trautman.

It could be a much larger turnout on Election Day due to voters will be able to cast their ballots at any of the 757 voting centers within the county.

Trautman said they're hoping to see the numbers pick up, but it's always a guessing game for Election Day turnout.

"However, since we have our new Countywide Polling Place Program, it's just like early voting, so they may be waiting, thinking, 'well, I've got one more day of early voting on election day'," said Trautman.

Harris County is the largest county in the country to implement this program.

“We are confident that the transition to non-precinct based Election Day polling centers will make voting easier,” added Dr. Trautman. “Instead of having to find an assigned polling location, voters can go to a voting center of their choice - near their home, work, school or wherever they may be on Election Day.”

Harris County has been working diligently to educate communities about the Countywide Polling Place Program through its Vote Your Way campaign, an initiative that reminds citizens that they can vote at the polling location of their choice on Election Day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

For election information and polling locations go to www.HarrisVotes.com. Mobile phone users can now text VOTE to 1-833-YES-0700 to find the nearest voting center.

There are 52 early voting sites across the county that are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

 
 

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