Election Day

Here’s What You Need To Know About Voting in Houston

Find out what's on the ballot and more.

By Houstonia Staff November 1, 2021

Election workers prepare for Election Day in Harris County.

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 4Judges

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 5Judges’ office

Ballot: “The constitutional amendment providing additional powers to the state commission on judicial conduct with respect to candidates for judicial office.”

Proposition 6Visiting caregivers

Ballot: “The constitutional amendment establishing a right for residents of certain facilities to designate an essential caregiver for in-person visitation.”

Proposition 7Property 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 8Military 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:

District 3

Brandon “B.D.” Cofield, Sr.

Adriana Tamez

District 4 (Unexpired Term)

Reagan Denise Flowers (Unopposed) 

District 6

Dave Wilson

District 8

Victor Gonzales

Eva Loredo

Jharrett Bryantt

Write-in Candidate:

District 6

Jim Noteware

Houston Independent School District trustees are also running. Here are the candidates in order of their appearance on the ballot:

District 1

Elizabeth Santos

Matias Kopinsky

Janette Garza Lindner

District 5

Maria Benzon

Sue Deigaard

Caroline Walter

District 6

Kendall Baker

Holly Flynn Vilaseca

Greg Degeyter

District 7

Lee Walker (name on ballot); Mac Walker (preferred name)

Bridget Wade

Dwight Jefferson

Anne Sung

District 8

Gerry Monroe

Joshua Ryan Rosales

Myrna Guidry

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: 

Brandon Capetillo

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

Reginald Pearson

Bruce Zaborowski

Monica Riley

Councilmember, District B

Jeffrey L. Boney

Everett Land

Councilmember, District C

Anthony G. Maroulis

Councilmember, District D

Floyd Emery

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.

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