Early voting starts in Texas today

The early voting period has been expanded this year due to the surge in demand during the pandemic, this morning across Texas.

In Fort Bend County, election director John Oldham says there is a lot of demands for an early vote.

“Our vote by mail numbers has gone up. We are looking for 210-215 thousand people, then 65 to 70 on Election Day,” said Oldham. “Usually we have 70% of our registered voters vote in presidential elections. 70% of those vote early; either in person or by mail.”

Voting hours this week are from 8 am to 5 pm. In Harris County, polls are open from 7-7 this week, and interim county clerk Chris Hollins says there are some days with extended polling hours.

“All 120 locations will open until 10 pm Tuesday 27 through Thursday 29,” Hollins told our TV partner on Channel 2.

Harris County also says it has a record number of early voting centers. Hollins says they will have hand sanitizer and finger caps for every voter. Masks will also be available. The early voting period runs until October 30.

You can learn more about Fort Bend County Early Vote here. Information about early voting in Harris County is here.

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