The big story of the first day of early voting in Harris County Monday (Oct. 18) — which includes Bellaire municipal and Houston ISD board races — was the continuing popularity of mail-in over in-person ballots.
Altogether 29,005 mail-in ballots had been returned, as opposed to 2,622 walk-ins Monday at polling places all over the county. That means 28 percent of all mail-in ballots that county election officials sent to eligible voters, 65 and older, have already been cast.
At the two polling places closest to Bellaire and West University, a total of 110 in-person ballots were cast Monday — 33 at the Houston Community College West Loop campus and 77 at Bayland Park Community Center.
Bellaire voters are choosing three of six councilmembers in contested races, while the mayor is running unopposed. They and West University voters are also selecting who represents them on the Houston ISD board of trustees, with the incumbent facing two challengers.
Read more Essentials coverage of the elections and details of early and Election Day voting on Nov. 2 here.
To view the county elections administrator’s breakdown on early voting every day, go here.