Engaging and expanding the electorate across generations to register voters, get out the vote and challenging the barriers that have historically and systemically blocked our access to civic participations, especially among marginalized communities.

Houston in Action members are coordinating make voter registration, turnout, and access for Houston-area eligible voters fair and equitable.

Registering voters

Houston in Action members are working to counter generations of disenfranchisement and reduce the racial disparity between the Harris County regions populace and who can register and vote.

Mobilizing voters

Members and partners are working to activate over 100,000 eligible youth, Black, Asian, and Latinx communities to register and to vote using social media, text messaging, phone calls, mailers and direct outreach.

Protecting the vote

Houston in Action members are making sure that every eligible voter’s vote counts and protecting the integrity of our elections.
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Voting Dates Graphics to share

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Vote your Way talking points and graphics

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Join the effort to register voters of color and mobilize them to vote

For organizations

  • Host a phone bank with a list provided by Houston in Action
  • Host a text message campaign with a list provided by Houston in Action
  • Have your own list? Contact ana@houstoninaction.org to host a phone bank using your own list of contacts or host a text message campaign using your own list of contacts
  • Need volunteers? Let us know by completing this form

For individuals

Partner initiatives

Learn more about becoming an election worker through the Harris County Clerk’s office

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Volunteer with Texas Civil Rights Project to protect voters and the integrity of area elections

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Sign up through Texas Civil Rights Project and coalition partners to be a paid Poll Worker

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Become legal volunteers for the hotline or command center

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Drive from polling location to polling location as Roving Poll Monitors with TCRP

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Get trained to monitor social media for voting problems, and then fix them in real time. Sign up as a Virtual Poll Monitor

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TCRP legal team is producing a Voting Rights 101 and a 201 training that we will be providing by request.

Texas Civil Rights Project and MOVE Texas have put together talking points and messaging guidance for Vote-By-Mail.

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Key Dates
 & Information

VOTE EARLY (Oct 13-30)
Inside at any vote center

Hours / 24-hours 
Learn about COVID safety at polls

VOTE EARLY (Oct 13-30)
Drive-through at 9 vote centers

Hours / 24-hours 
Learn about COVID safety at polls
What to expect: video, press release

From home, vote by mail
(If you’re eligible)

Apply by Oct 23
Learn more (pdf)

Deliver ballot in-person
(If you’re eligible for vote by mail)

Apply by Oct 23
Deliver to a Harris Co. Annex
Learn more: harrisvotes.org, video

Inside at any vote center (7am-7pm)

Learn about COVID safety at polls


Drive-through at 9 locations

What to expect: video, press release


Deliver ballot in-person

(If you’re eligible for vote by mail)

Apply by Oct 23
Deliver to a Harris Co. Annex
Learn more: harrisvotes.org, video


How do I check to see if I’m registered to vote?

Harris County Resident? Check the Harris County Tax Assessor's site by visiting houstoninaction.org/vrcheck Texas resident outside of Harris County? Visit votetexas.org.

Where can I vote early or on November 3?

Check out the interactive map below from harrisvotes.com:

I have questions about voting from home, or vote-by-mail, where should I look for more information?

Download the Harris County Clerk’s Frequently Asked Questions About Voting by Mail pdf.

How do I request a mail-in ballot? 

  • You can find the application and steps to vote from home, or vote-by-mail, on the Harris County Clerk's office website HERE. 

Am I eligible to vote by mail? 

  • Voters with underlying conditions such as diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease would still qualify as they are at particularly high risk to COVID and have an underlying health condition.
  • If you’re a college student that is registered to vote at your college address (campus housing or off-campus), but you are back home, you are eligible to request an absentee ballot to vote in the county of your college.

What do I need to be able to cast a regular ballot? (provided by VoterRiders)

Any of the following documents are valid:

  • Photo ID (current or expired up to 4 years, though it can be expired more than 4 years if you are 70 years or older):
  • TX driver’s license
  • TX Election ID Certificate
  • TX Personal ID Card
  • Handgun License
  • Military ID Card
  • US Passport Book or Card
  • US Citizenship Certificate (Citizenship Cert. does not expire)
  • Voter registration certificate
  • Certified US birth certificate
  • Current utility bill or bank statement, paycheck, or government document including check (with voter’s name and ANY address)
  • Any other government document showing the voter’s name and an address (e.g., an out-of-state license, a government employee ID, etc.) may be used with an accompanying complete and signed reasonable impediment declaration (an election officer is not permitted to question the reasonableness of your impediment to getting an ID).

What assistance is available for voter ID questions?

  • Download Voter ID info cards from VoteRiders in English and in Spanish for all 50 states and DC
  • Voters with any voter ID questions, or those in need of assistance to secure their ID, should contact VoteRiders’ expert-staffed Voter ID Helpline. Call or text 844-338-8743
  • Voter can also get help through VoteRiders’ FB Chatbot (http://m.me/VoteRiders). It can also be used through other platforms, you can find more information HERE

Who can I call about voting or ballot questions, or to see if my ballot was received? 

  • You can call the Harris County Clerk’s office with questions and to check to see if your ballot has been received by calling 713-755-3150
  • You can also visit 1001 Preston 4th Floor, Suite 444 and provide proper ID 

Do I have the right to vote if I have a felony conviction?

Who can I call if I have questions about voting in my County? 

  • Call Mi Familia Vota at 1-833-868-2667

Important Election Dates:

Last Day to Register to Vote
Monday, October 5, 2020

First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked)
Friday, October 23, 2020

Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance
Friday, October 30, 2020

Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m.

General Election Day
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar trainings, Voting events, volunteer opportunities and more are happening November 2020

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Houston in Action

The civic empowerment work of Houston in Action members is supported with training and leadership development through Community in Action.

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Active Members

The following Houston in Action members and partners have been funded and trained for Census activities

Boat People SOS
Campus Vote Project
Center for Local Elections at Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research
Children’s Defense Fund
East Harris Empowerment Council
Episcopal Health Foundation
Gulf Coast Leadership Council
H-Town Power
Houston Area Urban League
Houston Endowment
Jolt Texas
Korean American Voters League
League of Women Voters Houston
Mi Familia Vota
MOVE Texas
Movement Voter Project
OCA Greater Houston
Pure Justice
Raise Your Hand Texas
Texas Advocates for Justice
Texas Civil Rights Project
Texas Freedom Network - Texas Rising
Texas Organizing Project
United We Dream
United We Dream
University of Houston Election Lab
University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work
Vote Riders
Workers Defense Project

Regardless of social identity, people should have equal opportunities to participate in, and have a meaningful impact, on civic life.

HiA is the collective power of people and organizations throughout the Greater Houston area coming together to promote community leadership and break down systemic barriers to civic participation.
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United Way of Greater Houston 2020 Census Response Grant