KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
June 30, 2020
By Natalie Cook Clark
Early voting in the Texas Primary Runoff Election has begun, and local polling locations are taking extra safety precautions due to COVID-19. This vote was rescheduled from May, and the official election date is now July 14.
Around 35 congressional, legislature, and state board nominations for the upcoming November election are open and early voting runoffs have begun in Harris, Fort Bend, and Waller counties. These runoff elections will determine the candidates on the ballot in the November election.
Precautions in Place for Voters and Workers
Texas Governor Greg Abbott lengthened the days for the election in order to better spread out the polls. Voting locations are following state-issued recommendations to keep voters and administrators safe.
“It was a clean, quick, painless process,” says Fort Bend County resident, Crystal Stewart. “They open the door for you, check your ID without touching it, ask which party so they can give you the correct card. You then are given a sanitary Q-tip to use instead of a stylus for computer selection. You enter your card at your private booth, it spits out your card then they have you walk over to the ballot box and submit your card.”
Safety precautions are in place at local polling locations to keep them sanitary. One voter observed that masks are recommended, but not required.
“The whole process took me all of 10 minutes,” says Stewart. “It was the best voting process I've been to.”
Local County Early Voting Dates
(Click on your county for voting locations and information)
Fort Bend County - June 29 - July 10
Harris - June 29 - July 2
Waller - June 29 - July 10
Voting sites will be closed July 3 and July 4 to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Keeping Safe at Polling Places
With extra time to prepare, election administrators have been reviewing in-person voting to see how safe they can make it. (Picture courtesy of Wendy Duncan.)