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.
The 2020 General Election comes at unprecedented times. Its results will shift the course of United States history. More than ever, we work toward our collective vision of a Houston and Harris County region in which systems that have historically discriminated, especially on the bases of race, sex, and economic status, are no longer barriers to accessing civic participation. And during this election period, one where the number of eligible voters who are registered and who cast their vote is reflective of the demographic make-up of Harris County. We all have a right to influence the systems that impact our lives, and our work is to make that possible.
Harris County Voter Hotline: 713-755-6965
Election Protection (English): 866-687-8683
Protección electoral (español):888-839-8682
Asian Languages: 888-274-8683
American Sign Language (video call): 301-818-8683
Disability Rights Texas: 888-796-8693
For the latest on 2020 Election in Harris County, visit harrisvotes.com
How do I check to see if I’m registered to vote?
Texas resident outside of Harris County? Visit votetexas.gov.
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?
Am I eligible to vote by mail?
What do I need to be able to cast a regular ballot? (provided by VoterRiders)
Any of the following documents are valid:
What assistance is available for voter ID questions?
Who can I call about voting or ballot questions, or to see if my ballot was received?
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?
When will ballots be mailed out?
Domestic ballots will begin to be mailed out in mid-September for those who have submitted applications by that time. If you submit an application after mid-September, your ballot will be mailed out within seven (7) days of your application being received. Voters outside the United States: Your ballots will be mailed on or before September 26 (the 45th day before Election Day), or within seven (7) days of your application being received: https://harrisvotes.com/Docs/VotingInfo/VotingByMailFAQs_en-US.pdf
What is the deadline for requesting a ballot?
You can apply to Vote by Mail at any time, but our office must receive (not just postmarked) your application by October 23 in order to send you a mail ballot for the November General Election.
You can also drop off your application in-person to any of our County Clerk office locations across Harris County. Due to potential delays with the postal service, PLEASE DO NOT WAIT – APPLY NOW
Where can I return my ballot in person?
A completed mail ballot MUST be returned to the Harris County Clerk’s Office in the Official Carrier Envelope provided to you.
In-person drop off at Harris County Election Headquarters at NRG (NRG Arena – Hall D, NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054)
Sundays from 12 pm – 7pm, or
If I request an absentee ballot, can I still vote in person later?
You may vote in person even if you applied for a Vote by Mail ballot, but you can only vote once. To vote in person, take your Vote by Mail ballot to a voting center to surrender it and receive a regular ballot. If you do not have the mail ballot with you, you may still vote in person using a provisional ballot.
How do I properly fill out my absentee/mail ballot?
When you receive your TX ballot remember to sign it in the proper location and use the secrecy envelope to secure it first before putting in the return envelope. Some counties provide postage, but you may need to provide your own stamp. We recommend you mail your ballot by Oct. 20 or drop it off at your local election office.
Can I track the status of my absentee/mail-in ballot?
You can track the status of your TX mail-in ballot to make sure it arrived and was submitted correctly by contacting your county elections office: https://harrisvotes.com/Tracking
What is the deadline for returning a completed absentee ballot?
Ballot must be postmarked by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day and must be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 4 (the day after Election Day).
There is an alert than mail in Harris County may be delayed, it is recommended that you return your ballot in person after October 20th.
When and where can I Early Vote?
For the November 2020 General Election, Early Voting begins on Tuesday, October 13th, and continues through Friday, October 30th.
Any qualified voter may vote in person at the main early voting polling place or at any other designated early voting branch location during designated times. Click here to find Early Voting locations.: https://harrisvotes.com/Map?lang=en-US
I moved recently, can I still vote?
If you moved within your TX county, you must notify the voter registrar. if you moved to a new TX county or from out of state, you must re-register! For more info: https://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/did-you-change-something.html
Any other issues with voting send them to the Election Protection Hotline: 866-OUR-VOTE
We advise that you report any voting issues or direct your question to the experts at the Election Protection Hotline (866) OUR-VOTE: 866-687-8683. You can call or text with your questions.
What excuses are acceptable to vote absentee?
TX does require an excuse to vote absentee or by mail. These are the applicable excuses: https://harrisvotes.com/vbmfaq
How do I find information for my local election office?
You can find your local TX election office information here by county: https://harrisvotes.com
I still haven't received my ballot in the mail. What do I do?
If you did not receive your ballot please contact your TX county election office: https://harrisvotes.com/?lang=en-US#Contact
What is a provisional ballot?
Provisional Ballots are a fail-safe mechanism for voters who arrive at the polls on Election Day and whose eligibility to vote is uncertain. They are also referred to as “challenge ballots” or “affidavit ballots” in some states. When there is uncertainty about a voter’s eligibility—the potential voter’s name is not on the voter rolls, a required identification document isn’t available or other issues—the election official is required to offer the voter a provisional ballot instead of a regular ballot, which is kept separate and not counted until verified as a legitimate vote.
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
The following Houston in Action members and partners have been funded and trained for Census activities