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Town Square: What You Need to Know to Vote (Sept. 17, 2020)

Experts discuss the processes of voter registration and how to apply for, and cast, mail-in ballots.

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A voter walks past a voting booth before casts her ballot, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Houston.


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Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues.

For this episode, Ernie is joined by Bob Stein, Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice University; Jay Aiyer, Assistant County Attorney working in elections for the Harris County Attorney's office (and former co-host of Party Politics); and Texas State Senator Paul Bettencourt (former Harris County tax assessor); to discuss the voting system, and what you need to know to make sure your vote counts on election day.

For more information, visit

Early Voting: October 13-30; Oct. 27 and 28 (7am-10pm) and Oct. 29 (24-hour voting at 7 locations)

Vote-by-Mail voters can call 713-755-3150 to inquire whether the County Clerk has received your Vote-by-Mail ballot.

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Troy Schulze

Troy Schulze

Producer, Houston Matters

Troy Schulze is a producer for Houston Matters. He also produces the podcast Party Politics and the digital video series Skyline Sessions. Schulze has been working as a writer and producer in digital media for over 20 years. He has received three Emmy nominations for his work on the TV...

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