Early voting for 2018 midterm elections ends Friday

What you need to know about early voting for 2018

HOUSTON - Friday, Nov. 2 is officially the last day for early voting. 

More than 688,000  people in Harris County have come out to vote ahead of Nov. 6, the official voting day for midterm elections, according to county officials.

People are interested in several key races, including the Senate race between incumbent Ted Cruz and Congressman Beto O'Rourke and the gubernatorial race between Greg Abbot and Lupe Valdez.

Several propositions, like Prop B on whether to increase Houston firefighter pay to the level of Houston police are also hot-button topics.

There are 46 early voting locations across the county. 

One of the big differences between early voting and voting on Election Day is the location of polling places. During the early voting period, voters can go to any polling place. Here's a map of early voting locations in Harris County.

However, on Election Day, in Harris County, voters must go to the polling place of the precinct where they are registered to vote. Other counties use voting centers and allow people to cast their ballot at any center.

To find polling locations for early voting and Election Day, view a personal sample ballot, or review the list of acceptable forms of identification to vote at the poll, go to HarrisVotes.com or call the Harris County Clerk’s office at 713-755-6965.

Election Day resources

Voter ID information

Voters in Texas are required to provide identification when they cast their ballots. The following is a list of acceptable forms of identification:

  • Texas driver license
  • Texas personal ID card issued by DPS
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • U. S. military identification card containing the person's photograph
  • Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
  • United States passport
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person's photograph

If you do not possess or cannot obtain one of the above forms of identification, then you can fill out a declaration at the polls explaining why and bring one of the following supporting documents:

  • Valid Voter Registration Certificate
  • Certified Birth Certificate (must be an original)
  • Copy of or original Bank Statement
  • Copy of or original Government check or paycheck
  • Copy of or original current Utility Bill
  • Copy of or original government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)

Here's for a list of approved forms of voter ID.

Here is a sample ballot for Harris County.

Election info for other counties

League of Women Voters guides

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