On May 20th Governor Greg Abbott postponed the primary run-off election until July 14, and later doubled the length of time for early voting. Early voting begins today across the state, times varying by county.
This week, and this week only, voting at polling locations in Harris and Montgomery counties will be held from 7 am to 7 pm today through Thursday; from 8 am to 7 pm in Fort Bend. There won’t be any voting on Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4th, for the Independence Day holiday. Polling resumes Sunday from noon to 5 pm in Ft. Bend and Montgomery counties and 10 am to 7pm in Harris County. The following week, July 6-10, voting resumes 7 am to 7 pm in all three counties.
There are 35 congressional, legislative and state board nominations up for grabs.
This Thursday, July 2nd, is the last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot.Qualifications for voting by mail require that voters be 65 or older, have a disability - a fear of catching covid isn't a disability; will be out of the country or in jail. If a voter is not in the county in which they're registered through the early voting period and Election Day can request a mail in ballot.
Special considerations are being made due to Covid. Polling locations will have hand sanitizer but you are advised to bring your own if you prefer. Voting booths will be distanced at least six feet apart, and finger covers will be provided so that you will not have to come in contact with the equipment..