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Early voting for the flood bond referendum

It’s a little weird, but there’s two full weeks of it and for the most part you can vote at the usual places.

Harris County will have 25 balloting locations during the first weekend of early voting for the $2.5 billion flood control bond election, and almost twice that during the rest of early voting, the Harris County Clerk’s office said Tuesday.

Roughly 700 voting locations will be open on the Aug. 25 election day, a date chosen to coincide with the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, Chief Deputy County Clerk George Hammerlein told Commissioners Court.

Early voting will begin Aug. 8. The number of early voting locations will be 45, except during the weekend of Aug. 11 and 12, when there will be 25 polling places.

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County Judge Ed Emmett and Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis had raised concerns about the clerk’s initial balloting plans, which they said called for just one early voting location downtown during the first weekend.

“We’re expanding so the goal is one per state representative district that first weekend,” Hammerlein said.

You can see the map and schedule here. Not clear to me if Hammerlein is saying that there will be more EV locations during that first weekend, but as noted there are two full weeks, including a second weekend. So you should have plenty of opportunity to turn out.

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5 Comments

  1. Burt Levine says:

    Do you endorse it?

  2. Manny Barrera says:

    At the moment I am incline to vote against it, people I have talked are also voting against it.

    I have no idea what I would be paying for.

    What is storm damage repair? Those little green triangles are all over the place in how they would be spending our money.

  3. Andrew Lynch says:

    2.5 Billion is too massive. Split the bond up into smaller bonds that can be more reasonably managed and tracked by taxpayers. Vote NO on this bond.

  4. Ross says:

    Isn’t a Federal match one reason for a big bond now, with the match not available if we wait?

  5. Manny Barrera says:

    Ross according to HCFCD there are 868 million that could be used for matching funds.

    https://www.hcfcd.org/bond-program/

    However, those projects are not identified nor are they clear that all of that would be used for matching funds.

    Not enough information from Harris County.