The last day to vote in the 2023 election is Nov. 7. Voters in Brazoria County will have a couple of local decisions to make, as well as several statewide ones.

What you need to know

Brazoria County will have more than two dozen polling locations for voters to choose from Nov. 7, according to the county’s website.

Being in the Countywide Polling Place Program, or CWPP, voters in Brazoria County can vote at any polling location in the county, according to the Vote Texas website.

Polling locations across the county are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 7, according to the county website.

Acceptable IDs for voting in person, according to Vote Texas, include:
  • Texas driver license, election ID or personal ID card
  • Texas handgun license
  • U.S. military ID card that has the person’s picture
  • U.S. citizen certificate that has the person’s picture
  • U.S. passport
In addition, there are a number of supporting documents a voter can use if they don’t have one of the forms of ID listed above. For more information, visit the Vote Texas website.

What else?

Most voters in Brazoria County will not see many local items on their ballot. One measure is a voter-approval tax rate election, or VATRE, for Pearland ISD.

The measure will increase the district’s tax rate by $0.09 and add $11.2 million to the district’s fiscal year 2023-24 budget, which is projected to be short $12.7 million, according to district documents.

If approved, the new tax rate would still be lower than previous years.

Statewide items on the ballot include raising the homestead exemption from $40,000 to $100,000, which would decrease the taxable amount on properties across Texas.

There are 14 total state propositions on the ballot this year, many of which are county-specific. Some of those that are not county-specific include:
  • A constitutional amendment to increase the mandatory retirement age for state justices and judges
  • Constitutional amendments creating a number of funds, such as park funding, broadband funding, energy funding and water funding for various projects
  • Allowing the 88th state Legislature to make a cost-of-living adjustment to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas
To see more information about all contested races or read the ballot language, visit the Brazoria County website.

Also of note

Early voting totals for Brazoria County more than doubled 2021’s early totals, which is the last time a similar election was run.

In-person, 15,254 people turned out during the early voting period, which ran from Oct. 23 to Nov. 3, according to county election data. Combined with mail-in votes, that total is at 15,616.

On the last day of early voting Nov. 3, nearly 3,900 people voted in person, according to the data.

These totals are more than double those in 2021, when 6,944 total votes were cast during early voting, according to county election data.