October 08, 2018
It’s fall in Texas. And while that might not guarantee a change in the weather, it does mean it is time to vote. Early voting for the Nov. 6, 2018, general election begins Monday, Oct. 22. The last day to register to vote is tomorrow, Oct. 9.
Locations for early voting for Harris County are listed here. The Texas Secretary of State website will help you find out if you are registered to vote and also lists polling places.
Voting is our right, privilege, and duty as American citizens. UTHealth has a policy, HOOP 104 Civic Duty Leave, which allows supervisors to grant time off to vote if an employee, who is a registered voter, is unable to vote either before or after working hours.
While voting is something many of us take for granted, we cannot forget the struggles and determination of those who came before us. I am grateful to those whose organization, protest, dedication, and support ensured that we have this right today. Voting is a cherished right to be protected and to be used.
During the last midterm elections, Texas had the lowest turnout among all states – just 28.3 percent of eligible Texans voted. We have the opportunity to turn those numbers around. Please join me this fall and exercise your right to vote.
Consider early voting—you’ll know you’ve voted, won’t have to worry about Election Day stress, and will know you’ve contributed to the political process by making your voice heard.