This election is historic—now is the time to

VOTE YOUR WAY

This year, Harris County is doing even more to make voting safe, convenient and accessible.


From drive-thru and 24-hour voting centers to new options for voting by mail and expanded early voting, there are so many ways to safely and conveniently vote this year.

November 2020 Election

Making A Plan To Vote

We are anticipating a large voter turnout in this historic election.
Make a plan to vote safe, Vote Your Way by following these steps:

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Step 1:

Find your nearest voting center and check wait times at HarrisVotes.com.
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Vote early if at all possible. If you’re voting by mail, this means both applying for and returning your mail-in ballot as early as possible.
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Check out the Vote411 bipartisan voter's guide published by the League of Women Voters Houston to learn more about the candidates.
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Print and fill out your sample ballot, then bringing it with you to the voting center.

FAQ Section

When should I vote?
The best way to vote is early. No matter if you vote by mail, in person, in a drive-thru, or curbside, get it done early to avoid lines, crowds, and missed mailing deadlines.

How do I find a voting location?
Wherever you are, you can use the helpful Poll Finder Map and Wait Times Tool on HarrisVotes.com/Locations to find the nearest voting center as well as wait times for the chosen location.

How can I vote in my language?
All you have to do is show up to the polls! The election workers can assist you in changing the language on your ballot to Spanish, Vietnamese, or Chinese (Traditional). You can also bring a translator with you to help you vote.

Can I vote by mail if I have a fear of contracting COVID-19?
You can vote by mail if you meet eligibility requirements. You'll have to make your own medical decisions in context of the pandemic and your personal history. Check eligibility requirements here.

What do I need to bring with me to the polls?
All you need is an approved form of identification to vote at any polling location. You can find a lsit of approved forms of identifications here. You may also bring a sample ballot to help you speed up the voting process.

Where can I fill out a sample ballot?
You can fill out and print a sample ballot here.

Important Dates

What important dates should I remember?
  • Last Day to Register to Vote: Monday, October 5th
  • First Day of Early Voting: Tuesday, October 13th
  • Last Day to Apply to Vote by Mail (Received; not Postmarked): Friday, October 23th
  • Last Day of Early Voting: Friday, October 30th
  • Last Day to Receive Ballot by Mail: Tuesday, November 3rd (Election Day) at 7:00 pm
  • Election Day: Tuesday, November 3rd

Is voting in-person safe to do during the pandemic?
The Harris County Clerk's Office is committed to voter safety. It is very important to us that everyone who wants to vote in-person can do so without putting their health at risk. Read about our S.A.F.E. Initiative and how we're making the 2020 election safe, secure, accessible, fair, and efficient for all.

Who do I contact if I need to file a complaint about my voter experience?
If you need to file a complaint about your voting experience, you can file an electronic complaint to the Texas Secretary of State or call 1-800-252-VOTE (8683).

Early Voting

What are the hours for early voting?
The hours for early voting in Harris County are:
  • Octber 13th - Octber 17th
    7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Octber 18th
    12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Octber 19th - Octber 24th
    7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Octber 25th
    12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Octber 26th
    7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Octber 27th - Octber 29th
    7:00 am - 10:00 pm
    * Thursday, October 29th: (8) 24hr Locations roll into Friday morning.
  • Octber 30th
    7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Dropping off Mail-In Ballots

Can I drop off my mail-in ballot at any voting center?
We cannot accept mail-in ballots at voting centers. 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:
  1. Regular residential mail via United States Postal Service;
    1. Ballot must be postmarked by 7:00 pm on Election Day and must be received by 5:00 pm on November 4th (the day after Election Day)
  2. In-person drop off at Harris County Election Headquarters at NRG (Blue Lot 25, enter Gate 9)
    1. During regular business hours,
    2. During Early Voting period:
      Mondays through Saturdays from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
      Sundays from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm, or
    3. On Election Day (November 3rd) from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
    4. You must present an acceptable form of photo identification
    5. 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)
    6. Only the voter may delivery their ballot in person
  3. Common or contract carrier; such as personal courier, FedEx, UPS, or other contracted mail service:
    1. Ballot must be received by 7:00 pm on Election Day
    2. If the carrier provides receipt mark indicating a time before 7:00 pm on Election Day, it may be received by 5:00 pm on November 4th (the day after Election Day)

How can I make sure my vote is counted?
Rest assured — your vote will be counted. Whether you submit a mail-in ballot or vote in person at any of Harris County's voting centers, your vote is safe and secure. Just make sure to have your mail-in ballot postmarked by November 3rd and received by November 4th or drop off your ballot in person at The Harris County Election Headquarters at NRG. Late mail-in ballot will not count, so make sure to get yours in early.

Can I trust USPS to deliver my mail-in ballot?
The USPS has assured the public that if your ballot is sent in by the mail-in ballot deadline, that it will be processed and counted in the for the election. If you want to be extra cautious, please bring your ballot to the Harris County Election Headquarters at NRD Stadium during regular business hours in either the early voting period (highly recommended) or on Election Day. If you have already submitted your application to vote by mail or your mail-in ballot, please use our tracking system here.