Politics

It’s Official: Dates Set For Houston Run-Off Election

Houston voters will head to the polls one more time to decide on several races for city offices.

The dates for the runoff election are now final. Election Day is a Saturday, December 12. But Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart explains you don’t have to wait that long to vote.

“We have 31 early voting locations for this runoff, so there’s plenty of opportunity for City of Houston voters to come vote from December 2 through December 8,” Stanart says.

The ballot includes the race for Houston mayor and for city controller. Voters will also decide on seven city council seats. In four of those districts, the incumbent candidate failed to secure a majority of the vote. The remaining three were open seats.

The November ballot included some hot-button issues, like the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. Rice University political science professor Bob Stein says that drew a higher number of republican voters, which may have had an impact on the other races.

“I suspect that some of these incumbents suffered probably some of the ill effects of a lot of voter backlash, particularly against the mayor, particularly against the HERO,” Stein says.

Voters will need a valid photo ID to cast their ballot.

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