Early voting continued brisk Thursday in Harris County, fueled by expanded locations and a variety of ways to cast ballots.
On day 3 of the extended early voting period, 13,698 ballots were cast in the first two hours, bringing the record-shattering total to more than 300,000 voters.
Helping to boost the total is the popularity of new drive-thru voting sites, including one at Houston Community College Southwest on the West Loop just outside Bellaire. The drive-thru concept started at the HCC site for the spring primary runoff and has been moved from the parking garage to a row of individual canopied vehicle “booths.”
The HCC location is getting rave reviews on social media, and includes in-person voting in the auditorium and the option to cast a ballot curbside for those who qualify.
The NRG complex near to both West University and Bellaire is serving as the county’s election headquarters, and in addition to in-person, drive-thru, and pedestrian walk-up voting, is the only location where those qualifying to cast mail-in ballots can drop them off.
Check out our Essentials Guide to casting your ballot for locations, times and other details specific to voters in West University and Bellaire.
Here are the breakdowns for nearby early voting totals during the first two days:
Bayland Community Center
1,612/1,538 = 3,150 total
Houston Community College
1,294/1,420 = 2,710
NRG — Harris County Election HQ
1,904/1,780 = 3,684
Texas Medical Center
1,638/1,457 = 3,095
Rice University Stadium
961/968 = 1,929