As Chief Election Official of Harris County, the County Clerk has the responsibility of carrying out statutory electoral functions outlined by federal and state laws. Some of the County Clerk’s electoral functions include:
  • Provide training to all Presiding and Alternate Election Judges to ensure the proper execution of state and federal election law during each county/federal election;
  • Creating the ballot for county, state and federal elections in a manner provided by the state law.
  • Establishing the number of early voting locations in Harris County and schedule of voting hours (subject to approval by Commissioners Court);
  • Securing Election Day polling locations (subject to approval by Commissioners Court);
  • Securing the County’s election equipment and maintenance of equipment;
  • Accepting requests for ballots to be sent by mail and processing all returned ballots for tabulation;
  • Storing official campaign disclosure forms for local candidates;
  • Archiving official election results and voter histories for Harris County and reporting this information to the Secretary of State for district, statewide, and federal offices;
In short, the County Clerk is the administrator of elections and works with the Commissioners Court, the Tax Assessor Collector, the major political parties and other stakeholders to establish an elections infrastructure that facilitates access to the voting process to the citizenry of the third largest county in the United States.

-Stan Stanart
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Important Election Day Note:

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

Curbside Voting

Provisional Voting

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).)

In Texas, a political subdivision may hold an election on: (1) the first Saturday in May in an odd-numbered year; (2) the first Saturday in May in an even-numbered year, for an election held by a political subdivision other than a county; or (3) the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.