IT’S EASY TO FORGET TO VOTE IN A NON-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION YEAR but, this year it’s still as important. If you missed-out on early voting, don’t forget Tuesday, Nov. 2 is Election Day, and there will be more than 700 polling locations open across Harris County.
OK, WHERE CAN I CAST MY VOTE?
With more than 700 polling sites across the area there’s no reason not to cast your vote. Unlike the last election, there won’t be driv-thru locations according to the Harris County Clerk’s website.
Most polling sites are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
A photo identification in the form of a DPS driver’s license or ID, Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS, United States military ID card, United States citizenship certificate, or a United States passport are all accepted. You might also want to bring your mask.
NEW VOTING MACHINES IN HARRIS COUNTY
The VerityDuo system will be used for this election. It’s a two-step process that requires you to cast your ballot on a touch screen, and print out a copy for verification to a VerityScan machine to record your ballot.
What’s on the ballot and what are we voting on?
There are several state constitutional amendments that voters will have to decide at the polls.
Proposition 1 – Raffles
Ballot: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the professional sport team charitable foundations of organizations sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association to conduct charitable raffles at rodeo venues.”
Proposition 2 – County government
Ballot: “The constitutional amendment authorizing a county to finance the development or redevelopment of transportation or infrastructure in unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted areas in the county.”
Propostion 3- Limiting religious services
Ballot: “The constitutional amendment to prohibit this state or a political subdivision of this state from prohibiting or limiting religious services of religious organizations.”
Propostion 4 – Judges
Ballot: “The constitutional amendment changing the eligibility requirements for a justice of the supreme court, a judge of the criminal court of appeals, a justice of the court of appeals, and a district judge.”
Proposition 5 – Judges’ office
Ballot: “The constitutional amendment providing additional powers to the state commission on judicial conduct with respect to candidates for judicial office.”
Proposition 6 – Visiting caregivers
Ballot: “The constitutional amendment establishing a right for residents of certain facilities to designate an essential caregiver for in-person visitation.”
Proposition 7 – Property taxes for surviving spouse
Ballot: “The constitutional amendment to allow the surviving spouse of a person who is disabled to receive a limitation on the school district ad valorem taxes on the spouse’s residence homestead if the spouse is 55 years of age or older at the time of the person’s death.”
Proposition 8 – Military related property tax exemption
Ballot: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the united states who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.”
What else is on the ballot?
Houston Community College System trustees are up for election. Here are the candidates in order of their appearance on the ballot:
Brandon “B.D.” Cofield, Sr.
District 4 (Unexpired Term)
Reagan Denise Flowers (Unopposed)
Houston Independent School District trustees are also running. Here are the candidates in order of their appearance on the ballot:
Janette Garza Lindner
Holly Flynn Vilaseca
Lee Walker (name on ballot); Mac Walker (preferred name)
Joshua Ryan Rosales
Of course our neighbors nearby have elections too, here are some more ballot measures
City of Baytown Mayoral Election
Candidates in order of ballot appearance:
David "Isick" Isaac
John A. Bryant, II
Missouri City, District Councilmember Elections are happening as well.
Here are the general election candidates listed in ballot order:
Councilmember, District A
Councilmember, District B
Jeffrey L. Boney
Councilmember, District C
Anthony G. Maroulis
Councilmember, District D
Want more information? This ever-so-helpful voter’s guide produced by the League of Women Voters of Houston is here to answer any other election-related questions.