Elections

Early Voting Imbalance

Early voting for next week’s primaries is drawing record numbers of voters to nearly three dozen sites around Harris County. Election officials say they’re concerned that some of the voting sites are attracting less voters than others, and in some cases, A LOT LESS. Houston Public Radio’s Jim Bell reports.

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At the end of voting Tuesday, more than 125,000 people had voted early at 35 early voting sites. 15 sites account for almost two thirds of the votes, with hundreds of voters every day. The remaining one third of the votes are spread out around the remaining 20 sites, and some sites have fewer than a hundred voters each day. Harris County Clerk Beverly Kaufman says a lot of people either forget or don’t know they can vote anywhere, not just the site near where they live.

“Part of it is just that they’re more aware, or familiar with certain locations, because they’ve seen them or heard about them in the press. And they don’t necessarily investigate where the other locations are and know that they could go there.”

The five least used early voting sites are Ripley House on Navigation on the East end, Lac Hong Square on Wilcrest in West Houston, George Bush Park on Westheimer in Southwest Harris County, the Hardy Senior Center on West Hardy in North Houston, and the Galena Park Library in Galena Park. No lines no waiting. Kaufman has her own favorite site.

“I’m always urging people to come to the downtown location, and the Administration Building, it’s on the first floor now, the Administration Building, right at the Preston Street Station, for the train. So it’s real easy for folks to come and go that are in the downtown area.”

Early voting ends 7pm Friday. There’s more information, and a map of all the early voting locations in a link on our website KUHF dot org.  Jim Bell, Houston Public Radio News.

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