It's time to vote for the next Houston mayor
Election Day is finally here.
Why it matters: Houstonians will be voting for a new mayor after incumbent Mayor Sylvester Turner reached his term limit.
- Plus, the city controller, all of the City Council district and at-large positions, a pair of city charter amendments, a county hospital proposition, and state propositions are also on the ballot.
State of play: This is the first time since 2020 that an election in Harris County is being run by the county clerk.
- Earlier this year, Republican legislators abolished the Harris County Elections Administrator's Office after the 2022 election experienced machines malfunctioning and other issues.
What we're watching: Unless state Sen. John Whitmire or U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee can surpass the expectations reflected in the recent University of Houston polls, the two front-runners in the mayoral race are likely headed for a December runoff.
Details: Polls are open from 7am to 7pm Tuesday.
- Check your county election office website to locate polling locations.
- View your sample ballot: Austin County, Brazoria County, Fort Bend County, Galveston County, Harris County, Montgomery County, Waller County.
- Make sure to bring your ID.
- Metro will provide free rides to Houston-area polling locations.
The bottom line: If you're registered, go vote.
Charted: Early-voting numbers
Despite the influx of new residents and Houston's larger electorate, early voting has remained at approximately the same level since 2015, when Turner was elected.
By the numbers: About 9.3% of the 2.57 million registered voters in Harris County voted early this year, according to the unofficial early-voting numbers from the Harris County Clerk's Election Department.
- While the number of voters increased from 2015, the percentage was flat — 9.4% of the 2.1 million registered voters in 2015 voted early.
The intrigue: Mail-in ballots returned in this election were half the number returned in 2015, with nearly 15,000 ballots this year compared to 30,000 eight years ago.
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