Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Early Voting Info, A Bit Early

The County Clerk and the Voter Registrar of Harris County are both Republicans, so they make their web sites as difficult as possible to use. Voting just isn't their "thang," I suppose... Republicans usually do better with lower turnout, and may go to some lengths to bring about such a low turnout. Such information as is available is on a separate web site,
http://www.harrisvotes.org/ (note the .org ... it's NOT a government site), 
and early voting locations are... get this... in a .pdf file,
for which you must have a PDF reader. Are public library computers supplied with such? I don't know. Anyway, there are about three dozen locations in Harris County, and any Harris County voter may vote early at any of them. You may register to vote for about another month. At the polls, either bring your voter certificate or know your precinct number and bring some sort of ID, say, a valid Texas driver's license or a utility bill with your home address on it. DO NOT LET THEM TELL YOU THAT YOU MUST HAVE YOUR VOTER CERTIFICATE WITH YOU TO VOTE! Remember what I said about voting not being their "thang"?

Here are the available early voting times at any location:
  • October 18th - October 22nd: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • October 23rd:7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • October 24th: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • October 25th - October 29th: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 2, and POLLING PLACE LOCATIONS HAVE NOT BEEN POSTED YET (confirmed at Scott Hochberg's web site, always a valuable resource of voting info). It's late September, and voting locations for Election Day have not been posted yet. Gee, who could be responsible for that? perhaps someone who doesn't want you to vote? In any case, be prepared for some confusion, and don't just go to the last place you voted in Harris County... you might find a hot-dog stand or some such. I'll post a link to Election Day polling locations as soon as I have one. Me? I intend to attempt to vote early. It's not always easy for a cripple, but as they keep telling us, one must sacrifice...

Appendix: a non-.pdf list of Harris County voter locations, extracted from the .pdf at Harris Votes (and it was a painful extraction):

Inside Loop 610

1. Main Office:    
Harris County Administration Bldg.
1001 Preston, 1st Floor, 77002
2. Moody Park:    
Moody Park Community Center
3725 Fulton, 77009
3. Kashmere:    
Kashmere Multi-Service Center
4802 Lockwood Dr., 77026
4. Downtown-East:   
Ripley House
4410 Navigation Blvd., 77011
5. Southeast Houston:
H.C.C.S. Southeast College, Learning Hub
6815 Rustic, 77087
6. Palm Center:    
Justice of the Peace/Constable Entry
5300 Griggs Road, 77021
7. Astrodome Area:    
Fiesta Mart, Inc.
8130 Kirby Drive, 77054
8. Neartown:    
Metropolitan Mutli-Service Center
1475 W. Gray, 77019   

Outside Loop 610

9. Northeast Houston:
Northeast Multi-Service Center
9720 Spaulding, 77016
10. Galena Park:    
Galena Park Branch Library
1500 Keene Street, Galena Park, 77547
11. Hobby Area:   
I.B.E.W. Hall #66
4345 Allen Genoa Road, Pasadena, 77504
12. Sunnyside:         
Sunnyside Multi-Purpose Center
4605 Wilmington, 77051
13. S. Houston Area:
Townwood Park
3403 Simsbrook, 77045
14. SW. Houston:    
Bayland Park Community Center
6400 Bissonnet (near Hillcroft), 77074
15. Near West Side:
Tracy Gee Community Center
3599 Westcenter Drive, 77042
(One block East of Sam Houston Tollway)
16. Spring Branch:
Trini Mendenhall Sosa Comm. Center
1414 Wirt Road, 77055
17. Acres Homes:    
Acres Homes Multi-Service Center
6719 W. Montgomery Road, 77091
18. North:    
Hardy Senior Center
11901 West Hardy Road, 77076
Outside Beltway 8

19. Humble:    
Octavia Fields Branch Library
1503 South Houston Ave., Humble, 77338
20. * Kingwood:   
Kingwood Branch Library
4400 Bens View Lane, Kingwood, 77345
21. Wallisville Road:   
North Channel Branch Library
15741 Wallisville Road, 77049
22. Baytown:        
Baytown Community Center
2407 Market Street, Baytown, 77520
23. Pasadena:        
Harris County Courthouse Annex #25
7330 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, 77505
24. Clear Lake:    
Freeman Branch Library
16616 Diana Lane, 77062
25. Alief:    
Henington-Alief Regional Library
7979 South Kirkwood, 77072
26. West Houston:   
Lac Hong Square
6628 Wilcrest Dr., 77072
27. Far W. Houston:
Nottingham Park
926 Country Place Dr., 77079
28. Far West/Katy:    
Franz Road Storefront
19818 Franz Road, Katy, 77449
29. Bear Creek:    
Bear Creek Park Community Center
3055 Bear Creek Dr. at Patterson Rd., 77084
30. Jersey Village:    
City of Jersey Village-City Hall
16327 Lakeview Drive, Jersey Village, 77040
31. Tomball:    
Tomball Public Works Building
501 B James St., Tomball, 77375
32. Cypress Creek:    
Champion Forest Baptist Church
Multi-Purpose Building   
4840 Strack Road, 77069
33. Far North:        
Ponderosa Fire Station No. 1
17061 Rolling Creek Drive, 77090
34. Cypress:       
Cypress Top Park
26026 Hempstead Highway, Cypress, 77429
35. George Bush Park:
Glen Cheek Education Building
16002 Westheimer Parkway, 77082
36. Lone Star College:
University Park - Visitors Center
20515 State Hwy 249, 77070
37. Crosby:         
Crosby ISD Administration Building
706 Runneburg Road, Crosby, 77532
* Indicates Change in Location
Go vote... remember, it's a citizen's obligation, however distasteful it may be in a given year.

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