STAN STANART
HARRIS COUNTY CLERK

Voting Information Election Day

Important Election Day Note: On Election Day, in Texas, a voter must vote at the voting location the precinct in which he/she is registered to vote has been designated to vote.

Curbside Voting: Voters who are physically unable to enter the polling location without a personal assistance or likelihood of injury to the voter’s health may ask the presiding precinct election official to allow them to vote outside the polling location.

Provisional Voting: Federal law (Help America Vote Act) stipulates that if a voter appears at a polling place to vote in an election, and for some reason his/her name does not appear on the official roster of voters for that polling place, the voter may cast a provisional ballot if he/she claims to be both eligible to vote in the election and registered to vote in that jurisdiction. (HAVA Section 302(a).)

However, whether an individual is eligible to vote, and whether the provisional ballot will be counted, is determined by State law.” (HAVA Section 302(a)(4).)

Voting Information Voting by Mail

Returning a voted ballot

In the process of voting and returning your mail ballot, make sure to follow the steps below:

  1. Read all the instructions;
  2. Use BLACK or BLUE ink to mark your choices on the ballot;
  3. Place voted ballot in the Ballot Envelope and seal it;
  4. Place Ballot Envelope in the enclosed pre-addressed County Clerk carrier envelope;
  5. Seal carrier envelope and sign where indicated exactly as you signed the ballot by mail request;
  6. Place appropriate postage and return it;

Application for Ballot By Mail

Important Notes:

  • A voted ballot postmarked by Election Day must be received by the early voting clerk no later than 5:00 pm on the next business day after Election Day. If there is no postmarked, early voting clerk must receive these ballots by 7:00 pm on Election Day. Ballots from civilians abroad must be received by the early voting clerk no later than the 5th day after Election Day. Ballots from Military voters must be received by the early voting clerk no later than the 6th day after Election Day.
  • On ELECTION DAY mail voters may deliver their mail ballot from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to the early voting clerk’s main office (1001 Preston 4th Floor, #440, Houston, TX 77002). Mail voters who choose the in-person delivery option will be required to provide an acceptable form of identification (TEC 63.0101).

For more information:

  • Call Us
  • (713) 755-6965

Voting Information Military & Overseas Voters

Harris County registered voters who are temporarily out of the country and wish to vote, may complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). This type of application is limited to:

  • A member of the U.S. Armed Forces, their spouse or a dependent;
  • A member of the U.S. Merchant Marines, their spouse or a dependent;
  • A U.S. citizen domiciled in Harris County Texas but temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the FPCA online submission; please email the County Clerk's Office at

FPCA@cco.hctx.net.

About FPCA

Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) applications pre-qualify U.S. citizens who are temporarily outside of the country to automatically receive ballots for all elections in which they qualify to vote.

The FPCA is valid for one calendar year (last day of December), when completed properly. The FPCA must be resubmitted every time a voter changes mailing address.

To participate in an election taking place within a calendar year, an FPCA may be mailed starting on January 1 of that year.

For additional information visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website at www.fvap.gov.

Voting Information Disabled Voters

In Texas, voters who are 65 years of age or older or are disabled may submit an annual ballot by mail application to the early voting clerk starting on the first day of a calendar year. Temporarily disabled voters may submit a ballot by mail application for a specific election at any time in the year of the election for which a ballot is requested, but not later than the close of regular business in the early voting clerk's office or 12 noon, whichever is later, on the 11th day before election day unless that day is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal state or national holiday, in which case the last day is the first preceding regular business day. Eligible applicants will receive a ballot in the mail and must return it to the early voting clerk. The voted ballot must be delivered to the County Clerk’s Office via mail, or common or contract courier by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Voters who are physically unable to enter the polling location without assistance or likelihood of injury to the voter’s health may ask the presiding precinct election official to allow them to vote outside the polling location. You may bring a friend who can enter the polling location for you to let the staff know that you will be waiting in your car. The attendant will note your place in line and take an electronic ballot out to you when it is your turn to vote. You will then be able to vote within the privacy of your car. If you have any questions regarding Curbside Voting, you may contact the Elections office at 713-755-5792. Voting curbside will not shorten the time at the polls as curbside voters are voted as their place in line arrives to the qualification table.


Fill out this helpful form to notify a county worker at your polling location of your need to curbside vote.


Click here for Curbside Voting Information Form.

The eSlate voting equipment affords voters with disabilities the capability to vote independently and privately at the polling location during the Early Voting Period or on Election Day. The eSlate is pre-equipped with two large buttons, called jelly switches, as an accessibility aid to voters whose tactile skills do not lend easily to operating the eSlate with the embedded buttons. The jack into which these tactile inputs are plugged is a standard 3.5mm jack, allowing voters who prefer to provide their own input device (such as a sip/puff device) to do so. Also available to the voter are a pair of standard headphones, or the option to plug in their own headphones, through which all operations on the eSlate will be narrated. This allows a voter with vision impairments to navigate the eSlate without assistance from a third party. [HartInterCivic]


Click here for an informative video on how to use a DAU.

You may submit an application for a late ballot because of sickness or disability after the last day of early voting and before 5:00pm on election day. In order to qualify the sickness or disability must originate on or after the 12th day before election day. (Secs. 102.001; 102.003).


You may submit an application to vote due to a death in the immediate family that occurred on or after the 5th day before election day and will be absent from the county on election day. (Secs. 103.001; 103.003b).


Voters are required to submit an application for these specific instances. Please contact the Elections Division at 713-755-3150 for questions.

Pursuant to Section 63.0013, Election Code:An election officer may give voting order priority to individuals with a mobility problem that substantially impairs the person's ability to move around.

  • A person assisting an individual with a mobility problem may also, at the individual's request, be given voting order priority.
  • Disabilities and conditions that may qualify you for voting order priority include paralysis, lung disease, the use of portable oxygen, cardiac deficiency, severe limitation in the ability to walk due to arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition, wheelchair confinement, arthritis, foot disorder, the inability to walk 200 feet without stopping to rest, or use of a brace, cane, crutch, or other assistive device.
  • Voters who wish to be given voting order priority, and be accepted for voting before others in line to vote at that polling place may indicate this to any election officer serving at the polling place. The presiding election judge will determine whether the voter and the voter's assistant, if applicable, will be brought forward to the front of the line.

Voting Information IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED FOR VOTING

*If you possess one of the following forms of acceptable photo ID, you must present it when voting in person:

NOTE: Providing a Texas Driver’s License or Texas Personal ID expedites the voter qualification process.

Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)

Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS

Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS

Texas Handgun License issued by DPS

United States Military Identification Card containing your photograph

United States Passport (book or card)

United States citizenship certificate containing your photograph



* With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or, for voters aged 18-69, have expired no more than 4 years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. A person 70 years of age or older may use a form of identification listed above that has expired if the identification is otherwise valid.



Voters who currently do not have an approved form of photo ID may apply for an Election Identification Certificate (EIC) at no charge with the Department of Public Safety. For more information: Call (512) 424-2600 or visit http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/electionID.htm


Do not possess and cannot reasonably obtain one of these IDs?

Fill out a declaration at the polls describing a reasonable impediment to obtaining it, and show a copy or original of one of the following supporting forms of ID:
  • A government document that shows your name and an address, including your voter registration certificate
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • (a) A certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes your identity (which may include a foreign birth document)

Voters who are unable to provide an acceptable form of photo ID or an acceptable supporting document may vote provisionally. Voters will need to sign a provisional affidavit and will have 6 days after the election to cure their ballot by bringing approved photo identification to the Voter Registrar.

EXEMPTION: Voters with a disability may apply with the county voter registrar for a permanent exemption to showing acceptable photo ID or following the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure at the polls. Voters with a religious objection to being photographed or voters who do not present an acceptable form of photo identification or follow the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure at the polls because of certain natural disasters may apply for a temporary exemption to showing an acceptable form of photo identification or following the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure at the polls. Please contact your voter registrar for more details.


Voter ID Resources

Voting Information Voting Equipment

In 1998, Harris County officials and community leaders began the process of selecting a new voting system to replace the punch-card machines.

After an extensive evaluation process, the Hart InterCivic eSlate electronic voting system was selected in 2001. In 2002, Harris County became the largest metropolitan area in the United States to implement the use of an electronic voting system.

Judge's
Booth
Controller

The JBC is the polling place control console used by election clerks to afford citizens access to the voting process. Among other things, it serves as an electronic ballot box.

Ballot
Access
Code

The four digit 'Access Code' is provided to qualified voters at the poll. The 'Access Code' ensures the correct ballot information is transmitted from the JBC to the eSlate each voter employs to cast a vote.

eSlate
Booths

The eSlate booths serve as a polling place voting station where a voter can vote privately.

eSlate
and DAU
eSlate

The eSlate voting machine allows voters to cast electronic ballots by turning a rotary SELECT wheel. Specially modified Disabled Access Unit (DAU) eSlates allow voters with disabilities to use headphones or other adaptive devices to vote independently.

Election Division Contact Us

Information is vital to accessing the voting process. For this reason, I encourage you to contact us if you have a question, need assistance or have a suggestion.