Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 11) — including at Bellaire and West University city halls — to decide who will fill the last of seven seats at the Bellaire City Council table and who will represent local communities on the Houston ISD school board.
Andréa Ehlers and Brian Witt are facing off for Bellaire Council Position 5, and incumbent Sue Deigaard of southwest Houston and Caroline Walter of West University are seeking the HISD District V seat — one of four HISD places on the nine-member board that will be decided Saturday. With control of each elective body at stake, both of the supposedly nonpartisan races have been unusually fierce and characterized by dueling endorsements and political party involvement.
Already, more than 21,000 mail-in ballots and early votes at nine Harris County locations have been cast. Outpacing all polling places was the one closest to Bellaire and West U, at Houston Community College West Loop, with 4,982 ballots out of 12,982 countywide logged there. Mail-in ballots totaled 8,840.
The city hall locations — 7008 S. Rice Ave. In Bellaire and 3801 University Blvd. in West University — are the only polling places open Saturday in those two cities. However voters can choose any county location to cast their ballots, including HCC West Loop, 5601 West Loop South — although that location could be challenging to access because of the closing of northbound lanes of the Loop for highway construction.
Another nearby location is at Burnett Bayland Community Center, 6000 Chimney Rock Road in the Gulfton area.
Results will be available sometime after the polls close at HarrisVotes.com, and here at EssentialsNews.com.