VOTE: Harris County residents must register by July 26 to vote in the Aug. 25 flood-control bond election

Residents from the Lake Houston area documented the historic flood waters following Hurricane Harvey.

Residents from the Lake Houston area documented the historic flood waters following Hurricane Harvey.

Harris County voters are being asked to approve a $2.5 billion bond referendum to help fund flood mitigation projects across the county. The bond election is set to take place Aug. 25—exactly one year after Hurricane Harvey hit the area in 2017, flooding thousands of structures countywide.

Early voting begins Aug. 8. To cast a ballot, voters must be registered at least 30 days prior to the date of the election—or by July 26. Citizens can confirm their voter registration status by searching at the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar’s website or at the Texas Secretary of State’s website.

A final list of projects to receive funding from the bond is expected to be released to the public Wednesday, Aug. 1. Visit for voting locations and other important information.

Registration eligibility laws require applicants to:

  • be at least 18 years old;

  • be a United States citizen;

  • not have been determined by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote; and

  • not have been finally convicted of a felony—or if convicted, have fully discharged the sentence, completed a period of probation ordered by any court or have been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disability to vote.

Those who have not yet registered to vote have several options.

  • Visit any Harris County Tax Office location to submit a completed, signed form from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Download and print an application in English, Spanish, Vietnamese or Chinese.

  • Request an application online from the Texas Secretary of State.

  • Request to have a paper application mailed to you via email at [email protected]. Be sure to provide a mailing address and phone number with your request.

  • Call 713-274-8683 to be assisted in English, Spanish, Vietnamese or Chinese.

  • Pick up an application at your local U.S. Post Office, library, high school, Texas Department of Public Safety site, Texas Health and Human Services Commission and other government offices.

Completed applications can be mailed at least 30 days prior to the election to:

Ann Harris Bennett
Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar
PO Box 3527
Houston, TX, 77253-3527

By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.