Harris County early voting totals show small but normal turnout for a May election, officials say

Early voting, which ended on May 2, had a little over 17,000 voters in Harris County.


A sign outside an early voting site at Nottingham Park in West Houston, Oct. 15, 2020.

Harris County Elections Administrator's Office released early voting totals which seem about right for a uniform election, according to officials.

Early voting ended on Tuesday, May 2 and there were a little over 17,000 early voters in Harris County this week according to a daily record of early voting check-in from May 3.

Nadia Hakim is the Deputy Director of Communication and Voter Outreach at Harris County's Elections Administrator's Office. She said there's a reason the numbers are so small.

"Throughout Harris County, we have about 2.5 million registered voters, but only 525,000 voters will actually have something to vote [for] on May 6," Hakim said.

In the past, May elections have always seen small turnouts according to the elections administrator's office. In 2017, Harris county had about a 4.5% voter turnout. In 2021, the county had about a 7% turnout. In comparison, Harris county saw around a 43% voter turnout during the Midterm election in November last year.

Hakim said the precinct with the largest turnout for this election had 3,500 early voters.

"Kingwood Community Center was our busiest vote center," she said. "And we are going to see larger amounts of voters in Commissioner Precinct 2 and Commissioner Precinct 3 just because they have more things to vote on."

The longest ballot for this election includes 11 contests, and the shortest has one. A nearly $1.3 billion school bond election in Fort Bend County and school board elections in several districts are on the ballots.

Polls on election day will open at 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

Patricia Ortiz

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