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Ask 2: When does Harris County begin counting early-voting ballots?

An early voting machine is seen at a polling place in Houston on Oct. 12, 2020.
An early voting machine is seen at a polling place in Houston on Oct. 12, 2020. (KPRC)

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Question: When does Harris County begin counting early-voting ballots?

Answer: Votes cast during early voting are counted starting on Election Day after the polls close, a spokesperson for Harris County Clerk’s Office said.

For Harris County, mail-in ballots received during Texas' early-voting period will undergo signature verification and will also be counted on Election Day. Both results from in-person and ballot-by-mail will be posted on the same day.

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