Texas holds its primary runoff election on Tuesday, May 24. Voter turnout is typically lower in primaries than in general elections. When a primary goes to a second round, turnout falls even farther. That can mean shorter lines to vote. But it also means the Republican and Democratic Parties will be operating fewer polling stations.
“In a primary, it’s the parties who are determining the locations, the number of workers, number of voting machines, etc.,” says Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart. “But because there’s not enough equipment for each party to cover the whole county with the same number of locations they had last November, which voters are used to in the general elections, then there will be less locations for each party.”
Stanart says the best way for voters to avoid confusion is to check their polling location with the county clerk’s office online.
Harris County Democrats will choose their candidate for sheriff. Former Houston city councilman Ed Gonzalez is facing off against Jerome Moore, a 16-year veteran of County Constable’s Office, Precinct 5. The winner will challenge incumbent sheriff Ron Hickman in the fall. Republicans in Harris County have a party leadership contest to decide. Incumbent party chair Paul Simpson is fighting a challenge from attorney Rick Ramos.