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.
Compare candidates, find what's on your ballot, build a sample ballot and print your selections. VOTE!
Choose the location that is most convenient to you. You are not required to vote in your home precinct, even on Election Day.
Find a polling location for Early Voting here.
Find an Election Day Voting Center (polling place) location here.
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
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:
*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:
Learn more about Military and Overseas guidelines and exceptions here.
Although in some states judges are appointed, most judges in Texas are elected. Voting decision in judicial races are among the most important that a Texas voter makes. Judges make decisions about fundamental issues that affect all of us—family life, education, healthcare, housing, employment, finances, discrimination, civil rights, public safety, and government actions. Those decisions can have long-lasting impact on individuals, groups, and the public as a whole. It is critical that our judges make fair decisions based upon open-minded and unbiased consideration of the facts and the law in each case. Judges must know the law and not be influenced by any external political and economic factors.
Unlike candidates for most political offices, judicial candidates cannot make promises about decisions they would make when certain issues or types of cases come up in their court. Questions posed to judges, therefore, focus on improvements they would make to their court, the need for impartiality and how they would increase access to justice.
According to the American Bar Association, principles to consider in selection of judges include:
The League of Women Voters of Houston contacted all candidates in contested races for the following offices: US House of Representatives, Texas Senate, Texas House, Criminal and Civil District Court, Criminal and Civil County Court at Law, County Probate Court, Commissioners Court, Sheriff, District Attorney, County Tax Assessor/Collector, County Attorney, County Board of Education Trustee, Justice of the Peace and Constable. These candidates were asked to respond to our candidate questionnaire with biographical information and answers to questions about important issues. Presidential candidates were contacted by the League of Women Voters of the United States. Statewide Candidates and candidates serving jurisdictions that cross county lines are contacted by the League of Women Voters of Texas.
Each candidate’s response is reproduced exactly as submitted without editing or verification. Each candidate is personally and solely responsible for the content of his/her response.
Candidates are advised that their responses are character limited. Candidates who fail to respond to our invitation to participate in the Voters Guide are listed with the notation, “No Response Received.” Candidates without a photo did not submit one.
The League of Women Voters does not request responses from unopposed candidates. Names of unopposed candidates are listed followed by the notation “Unopposed.”
Candidates are advised that the League of Women Voters reserves the right not to print obscenities, slurs, or egregious personal attacks.
Candidates and races are listed in the order in which they will appear on the official ballot published by the Harris County Clerk.
Every effort has been made to provide the most complete, current and accurate information across all Voters Guide platforms; however, Court decisions and other circumstances may change election procedures and processes. Where changes may occur, we have provided links directly to those sites which should have the most up-to-date information.
The Voters Guide is produced by League of Women Voters Houston volunteers. We were assisted in providing the Voters Guide in Chinese and Vietnamese by members of the Houston Chinese Alliance, OCA-Greater Houston and the Institute for Civic Education in Vietnam. We appreciate their partnership!