Election Day: Most West U Polling Locations Have Changed

July 31, 2012

There has much confusion this morning as to where West U residents can vote because many precinct locations have changed.

West U residents can vote at the following locations:

Democratic Polling Locations:

Precinct 15          Rice School, 7550 Seuss Drive

Precinct 87          Rice School, 7550 Seuss Drive

Precinct 133        West U Community Building, 6104 Auden

Precinct 183        West U Community Building, 6104 Auden

Republican Polling Locations:

All precincts vote at the West U Community Building, 6104 Auden

Polls opened at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m. this evening.

Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart urged all residents who have not yet voted to “let your voice be heard.”

Stanart also urged voters to confirm their polling places in advance to avoid any confusion.

“It is very important that all voters look up their voting location before heading to the polls.  On Election Day, voters must vote at the designated voting location for their precinct,” he said.

Voters can look up their voting day location at www.HarrisVotes.com or call 713-755-6965.

Due to historically low voter turnout in primary runoff elections, the Democratic and Republican parties both reduced the number of Election Day polling locations. In today’s runoff, Republicans will have 68 polling locations while Democrats will have 78.

Voters participating in the Republican Primary Runoff Election will see at least seven contests on their ballot, including the hard-fought race between Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and attorney Ted Cruz. Voters in the Democratic Primary Runoff Election will see at least one.

Voters who did not vote in the May 29 primary are still eligible to cast a ballot in one of the primary runoff elections.  However, if a voter voted on May 29 and is planning to vote in a runoff election, he or she cannot cross over and vote in a different party’s runoff.

At the end of the early voting period, almost 90,000 voters had already cast ballots in the runoff election. That, Stanart said, has set the stage for a record vote.

“Compared to the number of ballots cast in primary runoff elections held in this millennium, Harris County is poised to experience its highest voter turnout in a primary runoff election ever,” he said.

More than 39,000 ballots by mail were requested from the Harris County Clerk’s Office for these elections, with more than 26,000 already returned.  Except for military and overseas voters, all mail voters must return their mail ballots to the county clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

For a complete list of polling locations and a list of credentials that can be used for identification at the polls, visit the Harris County Clerk’s Election website at www.harrisvotes.com.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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