THE HOUSTON VOTERS GUIDE!
The League of Women Voters of Houston Voters Guide is your nonpartisan source for national, state and local election information to help you prepare to head to the polls. Learn more about how we assemble the Voters Guide.
Things Every Voter Should Know
PHOTO ID IS REQUIRED TO VOTE IN PERSON IN ALL TEXAS ELECTIONS
Those voting in person either early or on election day will be required to present photo identification or an acceptable alternative identification allowed by law. Learn more here.
NEW! ANY HARRIS COUNTY POLLING LOCATION CAN BE YOUR POLLING PLACE
- Choose the location that is most convenient to you — you no longer have to return to your home precinct to vote! Call 713-755-6965 OR Go to https://www.harrisvotes.com/waittimes to find the location nearest to you. Bonus? By using the link, you will also be able to see which locations have the shortest wait times.
- There will be 120 Early Voting locations, including 112 in-person locations and 10 drive thru locations. Click here for a complete list of locations.
- On Election Day voters may choose from 808 in-person locations and 10 drive thru locations. Click here for complete list locations.
SINGLE PARTY VOTING IS NO LONGER AN OPTION WHEN VOTING IN PERSON
Voters will have to select their preferred candidate in each race. To make the process faster, you may bring a list of those that you want to vote for into the polling place. A sample of your personal ballot is available here; you may print it, mark your choices and bring it with you into the polling booth. Note: If there are races where you do not wish to select a candidate, you may skip that race(s). Before hitting the “VOTE” button, be sure to check the vote summary section to ensure that you have correctly voted in all of the races where you want to make a selection. Poll workers can assist you, if you have technical questions.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES MAY NOT BE USED INSIDE THE POLLING PLACE
Texas voters are not permitted to use cell phones or other electronic devices inside the polling place for any reason, including to access a list of preferred candidates. You may use a paper copy of the list of candidates that you plan to select.
VOTING IS YOUR RIGHT
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.
YOU MAY QUALIFY TO VOTE BY MAIL
Voters may cast mail ballots if:
- They are at least 65 years old
- They will be out of Harris County during the Early Voting period and on Election Day
- They are incarcerated but eligible to vote
- They are sick or disabled*
*Definition of what qualifies as a disability and what it means in the age of coronovirus (COVID-19). Under Texas law, you qualify as having a disability if you are sick, pregnant, or if voting in person will create a likelihood of injury to your health. The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that lack of immunity to COVID-19 can be considered as a factor in your decision as to whether voting in person will create a likelihood of injury to your health, but it cannot be the only factor. You do not qualify to vote by mail as “disabled” if you have a fear of contracting COVID-19 but are otherwise healthy. To qualify, you must have an accompanying physical condition. If you do not qualify as “disabled,” you may still qualify in one of the other categories (1-3 above).
REQUESTING A BALLOT BY MAIL
Mail ballots may be requested by visiting harrisvotes.com or by phoning 713-755-6965. You can learn more about if you qualify, including court rulings regarding COVID-19 and voting by mail here. Download an application here.
A signed paper copy of your ballot by mail request must be received no later than Friday, October 23, 2020. Requests received by fax or email will not be honored.
RETURNING A BALLOT BY MAIL
A completed mail ballot MUST be returned to the Harris County Clerk’s Office in the Official Carrier Envelope provided to you. It may be returned in any of the following manners:
- Regular residential mail via United States Postal Service;
a. Ballot must be postmarked by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day and must be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 4 (the day after Election Day)
- In-person drop off at NRG (NRG Arena – Hall D, NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054) during regular business hours; during Early Voting period: Mondays through Saturdays from 7 am - 7 pm and Sundays from 12 pm – 7pm; or on Election Day (November 3, 2020) from 7 am – 7 pm.;
a. You must present an acceptable form of photo identification. Find a list of acceptable ID here
b. If a voter does not possess and cannot reasonably obtain an acceptable form of photo identification, the voter may show a List B identification and complete a reasonable impediment declaration (RID). Find a list of acceptable ID here
c. Only the voter may deliver their ballot in person
- Common or contract carrier; such as personal courier, or FedEx or UPS, or other contracted mail service;
a. Ballot must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day
b. If the carrier provides receipt mark indicating a time before 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, it may be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 4 (the day after Election Day)
Learn more about Military and Overseas guidelines and exceptions here.