Nine Things to Do While Waiting to Cast Your Ballot During 24-Hour Voting Tonight
More than a million people have voted so far in Harris County—1,270,281 as of October 28, to be exact. But if you haven’t voted yet, that’s okay. Maybe you haven’t made up your mind already. Maybe you haven’t been able to get off work. Or maybe you’re a night owl and are just waiting for Daylight Savings Time to end so you can vote under the cover of darkness.
If you’re in that last group, you’re in luck. No, we can’t change time for you—Daylight Savings ends at 2 a.m. November 1—but the Harris County Clerk’s Office is keeping eight different polling locations open all night long tonight.
Yes, you read that right. The eight sites across the county will remain open from 7 a.m., October 29, to 7 p.m., October 30. So, you can vote at 9 p.m., after you finally get your kids to bed; at 11 p.m., when you get off work; or even at 4 a.m., if your existential dread over this election has kept you awake all night.
The polling locations
- NRG Arena—Hall D: 1 NRG Pkwy
- Kashmere Gardens Multi-Service Center–Auditorium: 4802 Lockwood Dr
- McGovern Texas Medical Center Commons–1st Floor Food Court: 6550 Bertner Ave
- Victory Houston–Large Worship Area: 809 West Rd
- East Harris County Activity Center–Big Room: 7340 Spencer Hwy
- Tracy Gee Community Center–Room 1 and 2: 3599 Westcenter Dr
- Juergen’s Hall Community Center and Victory Gardens–Dance Hall: 26026 Hempstead Hwy
- Prairie View A&M University Northwest—Room 107: 9449 Grant Rd
And if you do decide to vote in the wee hours of the morn, and you happen to get stuck in line—unlikely, but you never know—then here’re our humble suggestions how you can entertain yourself.
Chow down on a honey-butter chicken biscuit.
They’re available at Whataburger from 11 p.m. to 11 a.m., so just swing by there on your way to one of the 24-hour polling locations and you'll be set.
Practice putting on the finger glove (a.k.a. the "finger condom").
Remember the banana demonstration from health class? Just kidding, this is Texas—you never saw that demonstration. But the election workers very likely will laugh at you if you don't how to do this properly, so the line is the perfect spot to take some time and go over your finger condom technique.
Play election bingo.
Did you watch all of the debates? Did you need a drink after watching all of the debates? Did you do—or not do—a bunch of other election-related stuff? You might just have bingo.
We don’t really recommend this if you’re voting via drive-thru, but you do you. If you're one of those lucky people who can nap anywhere, just make sure your napping isn't going to slow down the line for anyone else.
Pretend you are in high school again, and cram.
There are so many people on the ballot for dozens of elections, you might as well try for some last-minute studying. Hey, you might even get an “A” … or you know, uh, elect someone you actually are fully committed to supporting.
Livestream the Bun B and The Suffers concert.
They’ll be literally rocking the vote at NRG.
Cha-cha slide your way into the polls. Everybody is doing it, so why not dance out performing your civic duty?
Do some squats.
Who says you can’t get a workout in at 3 a.m.? Extra points if you also film your #pushupchallenge while you prepare to vote.
Read one of Cristina Rivera Garza’s novels.
You’ll look the polymath with one of this UH professor's—and recent MacArthur Genius Grant recipient—books in your hand.