Primary Runoff Election Early Voting Begins Monday, July 23
Houston, TX – Early voting by personal appearance begins Monday, July 23, for the July 31 Republican and Democratic Party Primary Runoff Elections. Polls during the early voting period will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early voting ends Friday, July 27.
“Voters should be aware that Primary Runoff Elections have an abbreviated early voting period, in this case 5 days instead of 12 days,” said Stan Stanart, Harris County Clerk and Chief Election Officer. “Voters should not put off voting early expecting to have more time.”
There will be 37 early voting locations throughout the county, including the Vietnamese Civic Center at 11306 Bellaire Boulevard, which is replacing Henington-Alief Library for the Runoff Election. The library is not available for use as a polling location due to the summer activity calendar.
Over 38,000 ballots by mail have been requested from the Harris County Clerk’s Office for these elections, with over 20,000 already returned. The deadline for a ballot by mail request to be received by the Clerk's Office is July 24. See www.harrisvotes.com for qualification details and an application form.
In the Republican Primary Runoff there are eight contests, featuring the hotly contested U.S. Senate seat vacated by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. In the Democratic Primary there are six contests also headed by the U.S. Senate race. In both Primaries there are several Precinct Chairman races that will also be decided.
Voters who did not vote in the May 29 Primary are eligible to cast a ballot in one of the Primary Runoff Elections. However, if a voter voted on May 29 and is planning to vote in a Runoff Election he or she cannot cross over and vote in a different party’s Primary Runoff. “I encourage everyone to make the effort to participate in these important elections to select your candidate for the November General Election,” exclaims Stanart.
For a complete list of Early Voting locations and a list of credentials which may be used for identification at the polls, please visit the Harris County Clerk’s Election website at www.harrisvotes.com. For more information, voters may also call 713.755.6965 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.