Montgomery County commissioners to consider adding 2 polling places during early voting

Early voting
Early voting began Oct. 13. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Early voting began Oct. 13. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

After more than 20,000 ballots were cast on the first day of early voting in Montgomery County, the county commissioners are planning to meet Oct. 19 to potentially authorize two more polling places to open.

The meeting will take place at the court chambers in Conroe, according to agenda posted on the Commissioners Court website.

In a Facebook post, Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack said the additional locations are being considered due to potential record turnout for early voting as well as long wait times. He said in the post that he worked with the county elections department and Precinct 4 Commissioner James Metts to potentially open the two new locations in Spring and New Caney.

The sites would be open at 9 a.m. if approved at 8 a.m. by the Commissioners Court, he wrote in the post. The sites identified are at Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center, 1300 Riley Fuzzel Road, Spring, and at the East Montgomery County Court Annex at 22354 Justice Drive, New Caney, which is also identified as 21130 Hwy. 59 S., New Caney, in the meeting agenda.

Commissioners Court will meet in a special session at 8 a.m. Oct. 19 at 501 N. Thompson St., Conroe.

According to the Texas secretary of state's office, the 20,874 ballots cast in Montgomery County on Oct. 13 is just over 2% more than the 20,432 reported on the first day of early voting in October 2016, the previous countywide record in a general election.
By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.