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News Release
Thursday, October 05, 2017

CASTING YOUR BALLOT AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY
Early Voting the best option for displaced voters in upcoming election

Houston – “The best option to vote in the upcoming Nov. 7 election is during the early voting period,” advised Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart.  Today, he unveiled educational billboards sponsored by Clear Channel Outdoor promoting early voting in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. “This is especially true for voters who have been impacted by the recent catastrophic flooding.”

The early voting by personal appearance for this election begins October 23 and ends November 3. There will be 45 early voting sites situated across Harris County where county voters may cast a ballot prior to Election Day.  Billboards promoting early voting will be posted during this period throughout the county in four languages, English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese. 

According to County Clerk Stanart, aside from the in-person early voting period, Texas election law also provides other early voting options for eligible voters, including displaced voters. For example:

·       Displaced voters within the county who are 65-years of age or disabled may request to vote via mail by submitting an application to the County Clerk’s office.  Mail ballot requests must be received by the County Clerk no later than Friday, October 27, 2017. 

·       Displaced voters relocated outside of their home county may also request a ballot by mail from the early voting clerk of their home county.  On the application, the voter must indicate that they will be out of their home county during the early voting period and on Election Day.  Voters need to provide a mailing address for the ballot which is outside of their home County.  Mail ballot requests must be received by the County Clerk no later than Friday, October 27, 2017.

·       Displaced voters relocated outside of their home county may also choose to vote a limited ballot at the main early voting polling place in their new county during the early voting period.  Voters should be aware that voting a limited ballot in the new county has the effect of registering the voter in the new county.

Voters who relocated to a new county due to Harvey also have the option to register to vote in their new county.  The voter registration application must be submitted to the voter registrar in the new county no later than October 10, 2017. 

“The impact of Hurricane Harvey to South Texas has been huge, and while we are recovering, please realize that government needs your participation in this election,” concluded Stanart.  The pulling together of neighbors helping neighbors has been truly inspiring.  Please join your neighbors as we meet at your neighborhood early voting location.”

To find polling locations for Early Voting and Election Day, a sample ballot, a list of acceptable identification to vote at the poll and other election information, voters may visit the Harris County Clerk’s Office election page, www.HarrisVotes.com, or call 713.755.6965.




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