Every Vote Counts In Houston’s Runoff Election

Here’s what you need to know to cast your vote for Houston’s next mayor.


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Headshots for Turner and King
Sylvester Turner and Bill King.

If you didn't cast your ballot during the early voting period, Saturday is your chance to help determine who gets to lead the nation's fourth-largest city for the next four years.

The mayoral race between Bill King and Sylvester Turner is one of the closest runoff races in recent memory.

Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart says every vote counts.

"With over 400 voting precincts, if you have just one voter who doesn't show up or who does show up at every polling place, that's an additional 400, bang, right there," he says. "So don't be the one person in your precinct that's distorting the numbers."

Unlike early voting, where you could cast a ballot anywhere in Harris County, you must vote in your precinct on Election Day.

And don't forget to bring a photo ID to the polling location.

If you do forget it, you'll be able to vote a provisional ballot. But it will only be counted if you present your ID to the county's voter registration office within six days.

Besides mayor, there are also several council member races on the ballot, as well as city controller and two HISD board positions.

Stanart says you should inform yourself on the candidates before you go to the polls.

"They can bring a list of the candidates of their selection into the booth," he says.

Just don't bring a cell phone or iPad with you.

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