Election Day

Everything to Know About Where and How to Vote in Houston

Early voting has begun in Texas.

By Shelby Stewart

Early voting is underway in Texas. 

It's easy to forget to vote in a non-presidential election year, but with so many critical and polarizing issues top-of-mind in 2022, midterms are as important as they’ll ever be. Early voting is underway in Texas and over 60,000 registered voters in Harris County have already cast their ballots. 

Harris County is home to many polling locations for Houstonians to cast votes for the state, congressional, and local elected officials—including the governor's race. The ballot this year includes incumbent Governor Greg Abbott, running for his third term against Democrat Beto O'Rourke, Libertarian Mark Tippetts, and Delilah Barrios of the Green Party. Attorney General Ken Paxton and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick are also running incumbents. 

Here's everything you need to know about voting in the midterm elections in Houston. 

Okay, where can I cast my ballot? 

There are more than 700 polling sites across the area. To find locations nearest you, visit the Harris Votes website.

How long does “early voting” last?

Early voting runs from October 24 to November 4. Election day falls on Thursday, November 8. 

What should I bring to the polling site?

You’ll need photo identification. Acceptable forms include a DPS driver's license or ID, a Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS, U.S. military ID card, U.S. citizenship certificate, or a U.S. passport. 

Can I still register to vote?

The deadline to register to vote was October 11. If you're not sure if you're a registered voter, you can check via My Voter Portal.

Can I vote by mail?

In Texas, voters 65 years of age or older or disabled may submit a ballot by mail application. Voting by mail is an alternative to in-person voting; however, the last day to apply to vote by mail is October 28. The voted ballot must be delivered to the Election Administrator's Office via mail or common or contract courier by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

What's on the ballot?

Positions for the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller, land commissioner, and agriculture commissioner—all four-year terms—are up for election this year. Additionally, six-year positions, including roles at the Texas Railroad Commission, are up for election. 

What else is on the ballot?

There are 15 districts within the State Board of Education, and every seat is up for election. Currently, nine are held by Republicans, and Democrats have six. There are 150 members of the Texas House, and the election takes place under a new map drawn by legislators. 

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