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What You Need To Know To Vote On Election Day

Election Day is Tuesday and the final chance to cast a ballot.


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Tom Berg holds up LWV's voters guide
Tom Berg with the League of Women Voters encourages voters to consult the group’s voters guide before they cast their ballot.


If you didn't vote early, tomorrow is your chance to make your voice count in numerous state, county and citywide issues.

Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart says during early voting, voters could go to any polling location in the county. But that's different on Election Day.

"They must vote at where their precinct is holding the election, at the polling location," he says. "And to find that information, you can go to harrisvotes.com and right near the top middle of the screen is ‘Find your poll' and ‘View voter-specific ballot.'"

If you don't live in Harris County, you can visit vote411.org for your personal ballot.

Stanart urges voters to inform themselves on candidates and issues before they go to the polls. You are welcome to fill out your ballot at home and bring it with you into the voting booth – as a cheat sheet, so to speak.

Tom Berg with the nonpartisan League of Women Voters says you should take advantage of your right to vote, even though it's not a national election – or especially because it isn't.

"It's more important what happens in some of these lower issues on the ballot than what happens in Washington, D.C., depending on who you have for president, because they immediately affect whether you're going to get those potholes fixed in your street; whether that bridge is going to stay up or get replaced."

The League of Women Voters has published a voters guide on their website, in English and Spanish, that features some information on the Houston and Harris County ballot.

That guide can also be taken into the booth, but you'll have to get a hard copy or print it out. Cell phones are not allowed.

There are two things you have to bring in order to vote, and that's your voter registration card (although that is not required) and an approved photo ID.

That can be either a Texas driver's license that is unexpired or expired less than 60 days, a Texas personal ID card, a concealed carry license, a U.S. military ID card, a U.S. citizenship certificate with a photo, or a U.S. passport.

If you don't have any of these, you can get an election identification certificate from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

If you run into problems at the polls, like a discrepancy between your voter registration card and your ID, you may be able to vote a provisional ballot and later provide proof that you are who you say you are.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

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