Early voting for the Nov. 2 general election begins today throughout the Bellaire area with a host of congressional, state and local races on the ballot.
Democrat State Representative Ellen Cohen is facing off against Republican candidate Sarah Davis.
Republican State Sen. Joan Huffman is being challenged by Libertarian Phil Kurtz. U.S. Representative John Culberson is being challenged by Libertarian Bob Townsend.
Statewide, incumbent GOP Gov. Rick Perry, already Texas’ longest-serving chief executive, is fighting for another term against Democratic candidate and former Houston mayor Bill White. The ballot also includes a host of statewide races ranging from lieutenant governor and attorney general to a slate of judicial seats.
The Bellaire area will also be voting for major county-wide offices, including county judge. In Harris County, incumbent GOP County Judge Ed Emmett is being challenged by Democrat Gordon Quan.
Harris County’s Bellaire-area early voting location is at Bayland Park Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet. Election officials are urging Harris County residents to vote early to avoid possible delays on election day due to the county’s loss of virtually all voting machines in a mysterious Aug. 27 warehouse fire. The county has borrowed voting machines from other counties for the Nov. 2 election.
Hours at polling places vary and voters are being encouraged to contact their respective county’s elections office for specific polling place information.
Early voting will continue through Oct. 29.
Election day is Nov. 2, with polls open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.