Welcome to The Houston Voters Guide!

Compare candidates, build your sample ballot, get ready to vote! Democracy works best when everyone participates. The Houston Voters Guide is your nonpartisan source for national, state and local election information to help you prepare to head to the polls.
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TAKE METRO TO THE POLLS—RIDE FREE! METRO is providing free rides to the polls on select dates:

  • Saturday, February, February 22, 2020 for Early Voting
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020 for Election Day voting

Get information by going to www.ridemetro.org or calling 713-635-4000.

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How to Access The Voters Guide

  • We are digital! Find the 2020 Primary Election Voters Guide online at Vote411.org
  • Download the 2020 Primary Election Voters Guide here
  • Find limited print copies at a public library near you

Important Primary Election Dates

  • Register to vote by February 3, 2020
  • Early Voting is from February 18-28, 2020 
  • Election Day is March 3, 2020

Things Voters Should Know

If you plan to cast your ballot in person on Election Day, you can vote at your local polling place in the precinct where you are registered or at ANY Harris County polling location. Choose the early voting or Election Day polling location most convenient for you! For more information phone 713-755-6965 or visit www.harrisvotes.com

Those voting in person, whether voting early or on Election Day, will be required to present photo identification or an alternative identification allowed by law. Learn more here.

From February 18-28, 2020, any registered Harris County voter may cast an early ballot at any Early Voting polling location in Harris County. Bring a friend, family member or co-worker—our city is at its best when all voices are heard.

Voters may cast mail ballots if they are at least 65 years old, if they will be out of Harris County during the Early Voting period and on Election Day, if they are sick or disabled or if they are incarcerated but eligible to vote. Mail ballots may be requested by visiting harrisvotes.com or by phoning 713-755-6965. A signed paper copy of your ballot by mail request must be received no later than Friday, February 21. Requests received by fax or email will not be honored.

Should you encounter any problems at the poll, you may always ask to cast a Provisional Ballot. You may also contact the County Clerk’s office at 713-755-6965, the Texas Secretary of State Election Division at 1-800-252-8683, or the United States Department of Justice at 1-800-253-3931 if you believe that your right to vote is being unlawfully denied or impeded.

About Texas Primary Elections

  • The Republican and Democratic Parties each conduct primary elections to select the candidates that will represent their party in the November General Election.
  • The Libertarian and Green Parties will each choose their candidates at their party conventions.
  • Texas has open primaries. Texas does not ask voters to select a party preference at the time of registration. ALL REGISTERED TEXAS VOTERS CAN PARTICIPATE in the primary election of their choice. Simply declare your party preference at the polls or when you attend a party convention.
  • Once a voter has voted in a party’s primary election, that voter cannot participate in another party’s election, runoff primary election or convention during the 2020 election year.
  • And don’t forget, voting in a party primary or participating in a party convention does not mean that you must vote for that party’s candidates in the November General Election. In November, any voter may vote for any candidate on the ballot.

Be a Texas voter!

Voting for Judges in Texas

Although in some state judges are appointed, most judges in Texas are elected. Voting decision in judicial races are among the most important that a Texas voter makes. Learn more here.

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