Runoff Voter Guide: How to vote, who is on the ballot and what to know about July 14 primary runoffs in Harris County

Voter Guide Harris County
Harris County residents can cast ballots at any vote center during early voting June 29-July 10, and election day is July 14. (Courtesy Pexels)

Harris County residents can cast ballots at any vote center during early voting June 29-July 10, and election day is July 14. (Courtesy Pexels)

Early voting is underway June 29 for the primary runoff election in Texas.

Harris County residents can cast ballots at any vote center during early voting June 29-July 10, and election day is July 14.

Election day was previously scheduled for late May but was postponed by Gov. Greg Abbott because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Texas secretary of state issued recommended health care protocols for voters, election officers and poll workers in late May to promote safety during the voting process.

The last day to register to vote for the primary election runoff was June 15. Those interested in applying for an absentee ballot must file an application by July 2.

Who is on the ballot

A total of 14 runoffs will appear on Harris County ballots for Democratic candidates, including races at the state, local and congressional levels. A total of five races will appear on Republican ballots, including two congressional races and three local races.

Each voter's ballot will vary based on their address to ensure voters are only casting ballots in races for candidates who will represent them. Full sample ballots for Republicans and Democrats can be found on the Harris County clerk's website.

Democratic ballot

U.S. senator

U.S. representative, District 10

Harris County commissioner, Precinct 3

Harris County constable, Precinct 5

Texas House of Representatives, District 148

Republican ballot

Harris County sheriff

U.S. House of Representatives, District 18

Where to vote

Harris County Clerk Christopher Hollins has encouraged voters to take advantage of early voting opportunities to allow for more social distancing at polling places on election day. The county has increased the total number of polling places throughout the duration of the election, Hollins said.

The clerk's office is also encouraging voters who qualify to do so to vote by mail. All mail ballot applications must be received by July 2. More information on how to apply can be found here.

Harris County voters can vote at any polling center on election day as opposed to having to vote at a specific precinct. A full list of voting locations can be found here.

When to vote

June 29-July 2: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

July 5: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

July 6-9: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

July 10: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

July 14: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Voter ID: What to bring

All Texas voters are required to bring one of the following forms of identification:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety;

  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS;

  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS;

  • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS;

  • U.S. Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph;

  • U.S. Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph; or

  • U.S. passport (book or card).

Anyone who does not have an acceptable form of ID can still cast a ballot by presenting a supporting form of ID and filling out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration with the reason for why they could not obtain photo ID.


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