The early voting period is entering its second week. Election officials say so far the numbers are similar to two years ago during the presidential election. But the numbers are about 3 times higher than 2006, the last non-presidential election. Kevin Mauzy with the Harris County Clerk’s Office gave his opinions as to why.
“As you know, we had a fire that destroyed our voting equipment and we’ve been actively encouraging people to vote early and I think people are taking advantage of that. Also, I think there’s an overall higher interest right now than there has been in the past in off year elections.”
Mauzy says around 203,000 people have voted so far. During early voting you don’t have to go to your normal polling location and can choose any of the 37 locations throughout the county. Going into the election some were concerned the county might not have enough equipment since all of it burned in a fire over the summer. But Mauzy says things are going just fine.
“It’s really having no impact whatsoever. We have been able to secure enough equipment to fully have 37 early voting locations operational. We’ll have enough equipment for every polling place on Election Day. Some may have less equipment to vote on but overall, they should have more than enough equipment to handle their needs on Election Day.”
Early voting ends this Friday.
For more information, visit Harris Votes-dot-com.