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Harris County Clerk begins conversation about countywide voting centers

January 10, 2019

Diane Trautman, Harris County Clerk and chief election officer of the county, started the conversation about establishing Election Day Voting Centers on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the bi-monthly Commissioners Court meeting.

“Currently, 52 counties in Texas operate Election Day Vote Centers. It is time for Harris County, Texas’ largest county, to be forward thinking and explore the possibility of establishing a Countywide Polling Place Program,” Trautman said.

The program allows eligible counties to establish Voting Centers, non-precinct based polling locations that afford citizens the ability to cast a ballot at any polling location on Election Day. Like the existing in-person Early Voting Period, Election Day Voting Centers make voting simpler and more convenient. Citizens can vote near work, home, school, or at the voting location which is most accessible.

“The support of the governing authority of the county, community stakeholders, and the citizenry is critical to ensure the success of this advanced voting method,” Trautman said.

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