Montgomery County Commissioners Court approved two additional early voting locations in a brief meeting the morning of Oct. 19. The locations opened at 9 a.m.

The new voting locations are in Precincts 3 and 4 and were added, in part, due to a collaboration between Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack, Precinct 4 Commissioner James Metts and the county elections department, according to a news release from Noack.

The additional polling places were added in response to increased voter turnout; as of Friday, nearly 50,000 votes had been cast.

The locations are the Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center, 1300 Riley Fuzzel Road, Spring, and the East Montgomery County Courthouse, 21130 Hwy. 59 S., New Caney.

The schedule for the new locations is the same as other early vocation locations:

  • Oct. 19: open through 7 p.m.;

  • Oct. 20-24: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.;

  • Oct. 25: noon-5 p.m.; and

  • Oct. 26-30: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

The morning meeting lasted only about four minutes. Metts thanked the commissioners before the group adjourned.

"We certainly appreciate it. ... In Precinct 4, we are seeing large numbers as they are everywhere, and we certainly appreciate your efforts and the timely manner in getting that up to speed," he said.

Last week, Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley announced via a Facebook post that the number of voting machines available at the Magnolia Event Center had been increased to accommodate the number of voters coming out to the polls. The additional machines became available Oct. 15. In addition, Noack announced that 11 machines were added to the South County Community Center location Oct. 16.