Early Voting

Local residents wait in line to vote outside SPJST Lodge 88 in the Heights last week. According to unofficial numbers, early voting totals are down in Harris County so far this election cycle compared to 2018. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

A slow but steady stream of local residents turned out earlier this week in the first few days of early voting with abortion laws, Texas’ electrical grid and more on their minds.

The ballot for the Nov. 8 election is jam-packed with important local and state races, such as County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s efforts to fend off Republican challenger Alexandra Mealer in search of a second term in county government. And those that spoke to The Leader on Tuesday seemed drawn for different reasons.

Many of those spoken to Tuesday were eying the statewide races, such as those featuring incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott against Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke.

“(The governor’s race) is the one drawing me out, because that’s the one that I hear about the most,” Heights resident Luke Hebert said. “…The problem is that (Abbott) doesn’t really seem pro-Texas, he just seems anti-Democrat. Beto, from what I see, just seems to be more pro-Texas than he is anti-Republican.”

Hebert said he cast his vote for Beto O’Rourke, and he wasn’t alone. Heights resident Claire Marshall said the time has come for new leadership and a changing of the guard at the state level, and cast her vote for O’Rourke as well.

The main reason, she said, is because it feels like not enough has changed during the current term of incumbent Greg Abbott.

“We’ve had too many turns of the same thing,” Marshall said. “I think our electrical grid is in serious trouble and we haven’t really done much about it. Immigration is an issue too, and I really like Beto’s ideas.”

It was the same sentiment from Paulette McCoy on Tuesday, though she also said she considers issues such as abortion rights, marijuana legalization and more when deciding who to cast her vote for in elections. 

Local polling stations include the SPJST Lodge 88 at 1435 Beall Street in the Heights, the Delmar Stadium sports complex at 2020 Mangum Rd., and the Moody Park Community Center at 3725 Fulton St. in Near Northside. There is also a polling station at the Sheraton Brookhollow Houston hotel, 3000 N. Loop West. 

For more information on the polling location nearest to them, community members can visit https://www.harrisvotes.com/Polling-Locations.

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