Regardless of their politics, there is one thing today’s early voters can agree on.
“I didn’t want to do deal with the lines or the wait,” says Brooke Spence, who cast her early ballot at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, 1475 W Gray. Spence, along with other voters at the center, said they wanted to avoid the record lines that are expected both before and on Election Day.
“I wanted to get it over with,” says Kendra Danas. “I didn’t want to wait until November 4.”
“Getting it over with” isn’t taking long. The wait at West Gray was about 30 to 40 minutes at 10 a.m. and around 50 minutes at 11 a.m.
An on-site election official (who couldn’t give his name) said this site has twice as many voting computers as it did during the last election. The line may be moving smoothly, but the parking isn’t. If you’re headed to the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center our advice is to just park across the street in the strip center. There’s plenty of parking there and it’s only a couple extra yards of walking.
Early voting ends on Friday, October 31. For early voting locations and hours, visit www.harrisvotes.com.
Update: County Clerk Beverly Kaufman says early voting is ahead of 2004's pace:
As of 1:04 pm on Oct. 20th 2008, 20,905 persons had been processed for voting in Harris County on the first day of early voting in-person for the Nov. 8th 2008 election. In the 2004 Election, a total of 20,868 persons were processed during the whole first day of early voting in-person.
Houston, TX - As of 5:12 pm on Oct. 20th 2008, 38,805 persons had been processed for voting in Harris County on the first day of early voting in-person for the Nov. 8th 2008 election. In the 2004 Election, a total of 20,868 persons were processed during the whole first day of early voting in-person. [83% increase]
— Dusti Rhodes