Voting Is...Easier When You Do It Early

Planning on voting early in Houston? There are only two days left to do so and on November 5 you can ONLY vote in the precinct you are assigned to. When time is against you, waiting until the last minute to vote could be worse than trying to find this year's IT toy during a Black Friday sale.

With that in mind, I stopped by Ripley House Neighborhood Center (4410 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003) yesterday evening on my way home from the office. It has been my favorite near-downtown (and near home) Early Voting Location for many years. Last night was no exception. I was in and out in no time.

"I have voted early in the past at the Fiesta on S. Main, the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center (1475 W. Gray), and at the Bayland Park Community Center (6400 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77074)," says local artist Finijo. "I had good experiences at all of them. Length of lines depends on what its on the ballot whether it its a presidential election or not, but its always faster than what I experience during election day voting."

Each location varies in staff and volunteers. "I voted yesterday, only took about five minutes. The volunteers were very friendly and helpful. I always vote early to avoid a long election-day line," says teacher Darlene Campos of her experience at the Harris County Sheriff Office storefront on Franz Road in Katy.

See locations and a map on the next page...

Below is a list of 40 different locations in Houston and surrounding areas where you can vote early until November 1st. Early voting hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Map courtesy of www.harrisvotes.org
(*) Indicates a new voting location:

Downtown Area: 1. Main Office: Harris County Administration Bldg. 1001 Preston, 1st Floor, 77002

2. Downtown-North: Holy Name Catholic Church/Gym 1912 Marion St., 77009

3. Kashmere: Kashmere Multi-Services Center 4802 Lockwood Dr., 77026

4. Downtown-East: Ripley House 4410 Navigation Blvd., 77011

5. Southeast Houston: H.C.C.S. Southeast College, Learning Hub 6815 Rustic, Bldg. D, 77087

6. Palm Center: Justice of the Peace/Constable Entry 5300 Griggs Road, 77021

7. Astrodome Area: Fiesta Mart, Inc. 8130 Kirby Drive, 77054

8. Neartown: Metropolitan Multi-Services Center 1475 W. Gray, 77019

9. Galleria: Harris County Public Health Environmental Services 2223 West Loop South, 77027

Outside the Loop 610: 10. Northeast Houston: Northeast Multi-Service Center 9720 Spaulding St., Bldg #4, 77016

11. Galena Park: Galena Park Library 1500 Keene St., Galena Park, 77547

12. Hobby Area: I.B.E.W. Hall #66 4345 Allen Genoa Road, Pasadena, 77504

13. Sunnyside: Sunnyside Multi-Purpose Center 4605 Wilmington, 77051

14. S. Houston Area: Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center 3810 W. Fuqua, 77045

15. SW. Houston: Bayland Park Community Center 6400 Bissonnet (near Hillcroft), 77074

16. Near West Side: Tracy Gee Community Center 3599 Westcenter Drive, 77042

17. Spring Branch: Trini Mendenhall Sosa Comm. Center 1414 Wirt Road, 77055

18. Victory Center (*): Lone Star College - Victory Center 4141 Victory Drive, 77088

19. Acres Homes: Acres Homes Multi-Services Center 6719 W. Montgomery Road, 77091

20. North: Hardy Senior Center 11901 West Hardy Road, 77076

Outside of Beltway 8: 21. Humble: Octavia Fields Branch Library 1503 South Houston Ave., Humble, 77338

22. Kingwood: Kingwood Branch Library 4400 Bens View Lane, Kingwood, 77345

23. Atascocita (*): Northeast Houston Baptist Church 18000 W. Lake Houston Pkwy, Humble, 77346

24. Crosby: Crosby ISD Administration Building 706 Runneburg Road, Crosby, 77532

25. Wallisville Road: North Channel Branch Library 15741 Wallisville Road, 77049

26. Baytown: Baytown Community Center 2407 Market Street, Baytown, 77520

27. Pasadena: Harris County Courthouse Annex #25 7330 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, 77505

28. Clear Lake: Freeman Branch Library 16616 Diana Lane, 77062

29. Alief: Henington-Alief Regional Library 7979 South Kirkwood, 77072

30. George Bush Park: Glen Cheek Education Building 16002 Westheimer Parkway, 77082

31. Far W. Houston: Nottingham Park 926 Country Place Dr., 77079

32. Far West/Katy: Franz Road Storefront 19818 Franz Road, Katy, 77449

33. Bear Creek: Bear Creek Park Community Center 3055 Bear Creek Dr. at Patterson Rd., 77084

34. Jersey Village: City of Jersey Village-City Hall 16327 Lakeview Drive, Jersey Village, 77040

35. Cypress: Cypress Top Park 26026 Hempstead Highway, Cypress, 77429

36. Northwest (*): Prairie View A&M University - Northwest 9449 Grant Road, 77070

37. Tomball: Tomball Public Works Building 501B James St., Tomball, 77375

38. Cypress Creek: Champion Forest Baptist Church/Multi-Purpose Bldg. 4840 Strack Road, 77069

39. Far North: Champion Life Centre 3031 FM 2920 Road, Spring, 77388

40. Mercer Park (*): Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library 22248 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble 77338

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