Houston Smashes Early Voting Record With 2 Days to Go

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HOUSTON, Texas –With only two days to go, voters in Harris County have smashed the previous early voting record. More than 700,000 Harris County voters have come out for in-person early voting, eclipsing 2012 turnout.

“Incredible turnout for a historic election,” Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart said in a written statement obtained by Breitbart Texas. “I expect the total number of early voters for this election, including mail ballots received, will get close to the one million mark by the end of the early voting period.”

Shortly after the early voting polls opened on Thursday morning, the previous record of 700,982 voters cast their ballots in this early voting cycle. A first-day early voting record was set on October 24 when 67,471 voters rushed to the polls. Since that time, an average of 70,000 voters per day have cast ballot in person. Stanart expects that number to increase over the final two days of early voting.

The election official of Texas’ most populous county said he expects an additional 170,000 to 190,000 voters to come out on the last two days. He has been adjusting resources of equipment and manpower to meet the needs of polling locations in an effort to help reduce the lines.

Stanart said the early voting workers have become more efficient throughout the process. “Even with numbers of voters increasing, the lines have actually shortened,” Stanart said. That said, with an expected 85,000 to 95,000 voters per day on the last two days, voters can anticipate some long waits at peak times.

Last Friday, 81,239 voters cast their ballots in person, HarrisVotes.org reports. In five of the ten days of early voting so far, more than 75,000 people voted in person.

Stanart said his office mailed out 123,945 ballots for absentee voters. As of Wednesday night, 89,271 of those had been returned to be counted. It is expected that more than 100,000 ballots-by-mail will be received in time to be counted for the November 8 General Election. Those ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on November 8, election officials stated.

Forty-six Early voting locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. If you are in line at 7 p.m. on either day, you will be allowed to vote. Harris County voters may go to any of the forty-six locations in the county to cast their ballot. On Election Day, the voter must go to their home precinct polling location to cast an Election Day ballot.

To obtain the early voting schedule, a list of acceptable credentials to vote at the polling location, their personal sample ballot and other election information, voters may visit the Harris County Clerk’s website at www.HarrisVotes.com or call 713.755.6965.

Early Voting Days and Hours

November 3 and 4: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

November 8, 2016 Early Voting Locations, Harris County, Texas
Location Address City Zip
Harris County Administration Building 1001 Preston Street Houston 77002
Champion Forest Baptist Church 4840 Strack Road Houston 77069
Prairie View A&M University Northwest 9449 Grant Road Houston 77070
Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library 22248 Aldine Westfield Road Humble 77338
Kingwood Branch Library 4400 Bens View Lane Kingwood 77345
Lone Star College Atascocita Center 15903 West Lake Houston Parkway Houston 77044
Crosby Branch Library 135 Hare Road Crosby 77532
Kyle Chapman Activity Center 7340 Spencer Highway Pasadena 77505
Freeman Branch Library 16616 Diana Lane Houston 77062
Harris County Scarsdale Annex* 10851 Scarsdale Boulevard Houston 77089
Juergen’s Hall Community Center 26026 Hempstead Highway Cypress 77429
Tomball Public Works Building 501B James Street Tomball 77375
Hiram Clarke Multi Service Center 3810 West Fuqua Street Houston 77045
Katy Branch Library* 5414 Franz Rd Katy 77493
Lone Star College Cypress Center 19710 Clay Road Katy 77449
Harris County MUD 81 805 Hidden Canyon Road Katy 77450
Nottingham Park 926 Country Place Drive Houston 77079
Harris County Public Health Environmental Services 2223 West Loop South Freeway Houston 77027
Metropolitan Multi Service Center 1475 West Gray Street Houston 77019
City of Jersey Village City Hall 16327 Lakeview Drive Jersey Village 77040
Richard & Meg Weekley Community Center 8440 Greenhouse Road Cypress 77433
Bayland Park Community Center 6400 Bissonnet Street Houston 77074
Tracy Gee Community Center 3599 Westcenter Drive Houston 77042
Bear Creek Park Community Center 3055 Bear Creek Drive Houston 77084
Trini Mendenhall Community Center 1414 Wirt Road Houston 77055
Acres Homes Multi Service Center 6719 West Montgomery Road Houston 77091
Fallbrook Church 12512 Walters Road Houston 77014
Lone Star College Victory Center 4141 Victory Drive Houston 77088
Hardy Senior Center 11901 West Hardy Road Houston 77076
Northeast Multi Service Center 9720 Spaulding Street, Building 4 Houston 77016
Octavia Fields Branch Library 1503 South Houston Avenue Humble 77338
Kashmere Multi Service Center 4802 Lockwood Drive Houston 77026
North Channel Branch Library 15741 Wallisville Road Houston 77049
Alvin D. Baggett Community Center 1302 Keene Street Galena Park 77547
Ripley House Neighborhood Center 4410 Navigation Boulevard Houston 77011
Baytown Community Center 2407 Market Street Baytown 77520
John Phelps Courthouse 101 North Richey Street Pasadena 77506
HCCS Southeast College 6960 Rustic Street, Parking Garage Houston 77087
Fiesta Mart 8130 Kirby Drive Houston 77054
Sunnyside Multi-Purpose Center 9314 Cullen Boulevard Houston 77033
Palm Center 5300 Griggs Road Houston 77021
Moody Park Community Center 3725 Fulton Street Houston 77009
SPJST Lodge 88 1435 Beall Street Houston 77008
Alief ISD Administration Building 4250 Cook Road Houston 77072
Champion Life Centre 3031 FM 2920 Road Spring 77388
Lone Star College – Creekside Center 8747 West New Harmony Trail Tomball 77375
* Indicates New Location

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.


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