Early voting has begun for the March primaries, and registered voters are able to cast their ballot at locations within Harris County. The Harris County Elections Administration Office, headed by Isabel Longoria, anticipates a smooth voting process with the addition of new touchscreen ballot machines and implementing new training for election workers and staff.
“We had more than 2.5 million people who registered to vote by the January 31 deadline. It’s our hope that since so many people are now registered that many of those same people did so with the intent of showing up for the March 1 primary,” says Lynn Munford, the county elections office spokesperson.
Voter participation in Texas primaries have a history of being substantially low. In 2018, of the 15.2 million registered, only 17 percent cast their vote during the midterm primary, according to an analysis by the Texas Tribune. As of Monday, an estimated 9,000 people voted in person for the 2022 primary.
Still, Munford says around 11 percent more people are registered for this election cycle than in previous primary races, for that reason 90 early voting sites will be available this year, which is 44 more locations than the 46 offered in 2018.
Those additional polling locations are sure to come in handy because this is a busy midterm primary election. One of the highlights is the fight for the Democratic candidacy for Harris County Judge. The ballot includes popular Judge Lina Hidalgo facing off against five Democratic candidates. For the Republican ticket, nine candidates are vying to be on the GOP ticket for the county judge's seat, including criminal justice attorney Randy Kubosh and George Harry Zoes.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is running as an incumbent. She doesn't face any challenges for the primary. However, Republican frontrunner Carmen Maria Montiel or Libertarian candidate Phil Kurtz could take Jackson's place in November for Texas' 18th District congressional seat.
While the mayor's race won't occur until next year, several names are at the forefront. Former Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins and Senator John Whitmire announced their bids to run for mayor in 2023. Sylvester Turner will step down next year after serving two consecutive four-year terms.
To find out everyone on the ballot visit Harris Votes.
Early voting will take place throughout the month, through February 19, and picking up again on the 22, 23, and 25, with all locations open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
On February 20, polls will be open from noon to 7:00 p.m., and February 24 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Find the polling location nearest you, listed alphabetically by neighborhood:
Baker Ripley East Aldine Campus, Reunion Hall 3000 Aldine Mail Route Rd.
Bayland Park Community Center, Annex 6400 Bissonnet St.
Baytown Community Center, Tejas Room 2407 Market St.
Alief ISD Administration Building Room 750 4250 Cook Rd.
Alief ISD Center for Talent Development Room 200A 14411 Westheimer Rd.
Hardy Street Senior Citizens Center, Auditorium 11901 West Hardy Rd.
J D Walker Community Center, Large MultiPurpose Room 7613 Wade Rd.
HCC West Loop South, Auditorium 5601 W Loop South.
Hiram Clarke Multi Service Center, Auditorium 3810 West Fuqua St.
Martin Flukinger Community Center, Large Assembly Room 16003 Lorenzo St.
North Channel Branch Library, Meeting Room 15741 Wallisville Rd.
Freeman Branch Library, Meeting Room 16616 Diana Ln.
Juergens Hall Community Center, Dance Hall 26026 Hempstead Hwy.
Richard & Meg Weekley Community Center, Room 200 8440 Greenhouse Rd.
Saint John Lutheran Church and School, Sanctuary 15235 Spring Cypress Rd.
Harris County Administration Building, Northeast Sub Foyer-1st Floor 1001 Preston St.
HCC Southeast College, Building D- Room 108 6815 Rustic St.
Anclamars W Reception Hall, Hall B 10330 Eastex Fwy.
Sheldon Education and Community Center, Room 307 8530 C E King Pkwy.
Masjid El Farooq, Community Room 1207 Conrad Sauer Dr.
The Grand Tuscany Hotel, The Plaza 12801 Northwest Fwy.
Finnigan Park Community Center, Gym 4900 Providence St.
Fountain of Life Center 14083 South Main St.
Raindrop Turkish House, Ballroom 9301 West Bellfort Blvd.
Alvin D. Baggett Community Center, Conference Room 1302 Keene St, Galena Park
La Quinta Galleria, large meeting room, 1625 W Loop South
Moody Park Community Center, Gym 3725 Fulton St.
West End Multi Service Center, Auditorium- Building 3, Room 304 and 305 170 Heights Blvd.
Ebnezer United Methodist Church, Sanctuary 7302 N Main St.
Hockley Community Center, Room ABC 28515 Old Washington Rd.
Hampton Inn & Suites Houston/Atascocita, Meeting Room 19108 Moon Trail Dr.
Humble City Hall, Council Chambers 114 West Higgins St.
Iglesia Bautista Caminando con Jesus, Fellowship Hall 6515 Eddie Dr.
San Jac College Generation Park,Room G-2.125 13455 Lockwood Rd.
Crosby Community Center, Large Assembly Room 409 Hare Rd.
Kingwood Community Center, Auditorium 4102 Rustic Woods Dr.
City Jersey Village Municipal Government Center, Municipal Meeting Room, 16327 Lakeview Dr.
Kashmere MultiService Center, Room 126 4802 Lockwood Dr.
Hampton Inn and Suites Houston Katy, Empire Room 22055 Katy Fwy.
Katy Visitors Center 5718 2nd St.
Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel, Jasmine I & II 3000 N Loop West Fwy.
SPJST Lodge Num 88, Back Annex 1435 Beall St.
Holiday Inn and Suites NRG, Royal Oaks Ballroom 8111 Kirby Dr.
John P McGovern Texas Medical Center Commons, 1st Floor Food Court 6550 Bertner Ave.
South Transition Campus, Library 11339 Britoak Ln.
First Congregational Church, Assembly Room 10840 Beinhorn Rd.
Neighborhood Centers Inc Ripley House Campus, Gym 4410 Navigation Blvd.
Metropolitan MultiService Center, Gym 1475 West Gray St.
Acres Homes Multi Service Center, Senior Area 6719 West Montgomery Rd.
Fallbrook Church, Community Center 12512 Walters Rd.
HCC North Forest Campus, Community Room 6010 Little York Rd.
Church of Christ on Bammel Road, Food Pantry 2700 Cypress Creek Pkwy.
Green House International Church, GHIC Community Room 200 West Greens Rd.
Lone Star College Victory Center, Room 102 4141 Victory Dr.
Prairie View A&M University Northwest, Room 114 and 115 9449 Grant Rd.
Lone Star College North Harris, CSTTC Building Room 101/103 2700 WW Thorne Dr.
Victory Houston, Event Center 809 West Rd.
Northeast Multi Service Center, Auditorium 9720 Spaulding St.
Steve Radack Community Center, Conference Room 18650 Clay Rd.
Trini Mendenhall Community Center, Room 107 1414 Wirt Rd.
Judson Robinson Senior Community Center, Multipurpose Room 1422 Ledwicke St.
Fairfield Inn and Suites Houston NW Willowbrook, Fairfield Ranch Meeting Room 10825 North Gessner Rd.
ISGH Bear Creek Community Center, Community Center 17250 Coventry Park Dr.
Cleveland Ripley Neighborhood Center,Gym 720 Fairmont Pkwy.
East Harris County Activity Center, Big Room 7340 Spencer Hwy.
John Phelps Courthouse, Training Room 101 South Richey St.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston SW - Galleria, Meeting Rooms A & B 6978 Windwater Pkwy
Above and Beyond Fellowship, Foyer 20498 Rhodes Rd.
Big Stone Lodge, Community Center 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd.
Klein Multipurpose Center, Rooms 402 & 405 7500 FM 2920
Masjid AlSalam, Gym 16700 Old Louetta Rd.
El Franco Lee Community Center, Auditorium 9500 Hall Rd.
Harris County Scarsdale Annex, Room D-110 10851 Scarsdale Blvd.
South Houston/South Park
Saint Philip Neri Catholic Church,Parish Hall 10960 MLK Blvd.
City of South Houston Municipal Court, Courtroom 1019 Dallas St.
Sunnyside Multi Service Center, Senior Area 9314 Cullen Blvd.
Emancipation Park, Cultural Center 3018 Emancipation Ave.
Texas Southern University, Terry Library 3100 Cleburne St.
University of Houston, Room 214 4455 University Dr.
Palm Center, Lobby 5400 Griggs Rd.
Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Gym 3810 Ruth St.
Lone Star College Creekside, Room MPR 116 8747 West New Harmony Trail
Tomball Public Works Building, Training Room 501B James St.
HCC Alief Center, Room 157 13803 Bissonnet St.
Mission Bend Islamic Center, Large Room 6233 Tres Lagunas Dr.
Pipers Meadow Community Center, Community Center 15920 Pipers View Dr.
Sheltering Arms Community Center, Community Room 3838 Aberdeen Way
Steve Radack Community Center, Conference Room 18650 Clay Rd.
Tracy Gee Community Center, Art Rooms 1 & 2 3599 Westcenter Dr.