Early voting for Nov. 5 election begins Oct. 21

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These are the voting machines Montgomery County voters will use in the Nov. 5 election.

By Beth O’Brien, reporting for Bluebonnet News of Montgomery County

There are several items on the ballot for the Nov. 5 elections in Montgomery County.

“The state has 10 constitutional amendment propositions on the ballot, The Woodlands Township is having their general election as well as the city of Patton Village, city of Houston and the City of Splendora,” Montgomery County Elections Administrator Suzie Harvey said. “There are also a couple of school bond propositions on the ballot, some MUD Districts have propositions as well for bonds and the Metro election.”

Harvey said their website has a link to the explanatory statements and the full text of each of the ten propositions on the ballot. The link to the Elections website is https://elections.mctx.org.

Early voting begins on Monday, Oct. 21, and ends Friday, Nov. 1.

This is a sample ballot for the November 5 election in Montgomery County.

“Any voter who’s registered in Montgomery County can vote at any open early voting location in the County,” she said.

There are 340,000 registered voters in Montgomery County, but voter turnout across the nation is low, particularly on non-Presidential election years.

“Often times it’s low, below 10 percent, and sometimes that can be affected by other items that are on the ballot, such as the other elections (Presidential),” Harvey said.

The deadline to register to vote was Oct. 7. Harvey said if you didn’t register on time and are interested, there is a provision called Limited Ballots.

“It’s for voters who are registered in Texas, but in another county, who moved to this county and haven’t updated their registration,” Harvey said. “Those people are eligible to vote a limited ballot only during the early voting period, and only at our office.”

Texas voters are required to have one of the seven approved photo IDs they vote, or an alternative ID if they meet the requirements.

According to www.votetexas.com, the seven approved photo IDs in Texas are:

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
  • United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Passport (book or card)

Harvey said it is an open ballot for the Nov. 5 election.

On election day, the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and voters have to vote in the precinct in which they are registered.

“I think the most important thing that voters can do is look at their sample ballot. They can see it on our website, or they can pick one up from our office, and know what you’re going to be voting on,” Harvey said. “Make your choices in advance and know where you’re supposed to go.”

The Montgomery County Elections Office is located at 9159 Airport Road in Conroe, and the phone number is 936-539-7843.

To look at a sample ballot, or where you need to go vote, log onto:

https://elections.mctx.org/.

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