On the elections section of the Harris Democrats website you can find important information on upcoming elections, including early voting locations and maps, a list of your election day polling location, important dates and deadlines and information on candidates running for office.  Use the 'elections' drop-down to get more information.

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commented 2017-08-15 14:26:15 -0500 · Flag
Filings have not taken place for the 2018 Primary Election.
commented 2017-08-15 12:07:03 -0500 · Flag
Where can we get information about your candidates?
commented 2017-04-28 14:53:17 -0500 · Flag
Saturday, April 29th from 10-12 noon
Educational Session on Voter Protection for Prospective Volunteer Poll Watchers:

Voter’s Rights including current ID laws
State Laws Governing Poll Watching
Obligations of Election Judge

Location: HCDP HQ, 1445 N loop W,
Houston Tx 77008  
3rd floor conference room
For questions contact: Gemsbyj@aol.com
commented 2017-04-25 14:05:23 -0500 · Flag
I am holding the first of several poll watching session TODAY, Tuesday, April 25th, after the Area 5 sponsored phone bank in Pasadena. For directions see the phone bank. It will start at 7:45pm and run for 90 minutes.
commented 2016-11-16 21:24:58 -0600 · Flag
Check with Texas Democratic Party
commented 2016-10-23 15:39:28 -0500 · Flag
Hi, My wife and I live overseas where we work for the DoD. Our absentee ballot didn’t arrive this year. We downloaded a fillable form to send in but don’t know who all are democratic candidates are. We live in Housing and our zip code is 77056. Thanks in advance for your help, Tom
commented 2016-10-20 20:45:35 -0500 · Flag
If your asking about the US Senate, we don’t elect another until 2018 for ted Cruz and 2020 for John cornyn.
commented 2016-10-18 09:43:49 -0500 · Flag
My precinct, 0317, is overwhelmingly “blue”. As presiding Judge, and Precinct Chair, I complained, several times, that the polling location used for the past several years was difficult to find; and fails to meet Federal and State requirements due to location and inaccessibility to my voters. At this date, 10/18/2016, the Election Clerk’s office has not found a suitable polling location to hold the November 8th election; not even the previous location. It is my belief that the failure to find a suitable polling location for precinct 0317, by the Election Clerk, is disenfranchising my voters.
commented 2016-10-11 14:31:56 -0500 · Flag
Poll Watcher training is now available for the Fall election. Included will be a discussion about voter suppression and the new Texas law about IDs.
Classes are available on Friday Oct 14th from 1:30-3:30pm at Bayland Community Center 6400 Bissonnet. RSVP to gemsbyj@aol.com
More classes are available at HCDP on
Saturday, Oct. 22nd 10-12pm
Sunday, Oct 23rd 12-2pm

Saturday Sept 24th 10-noon and Sunday Sept. 25th at 12-2.
More classes will be scheduled upon request.
For questions contact me at gemsbyj@aol.com.
commented 2016-09-28 10:49:01 -0500 · Flag
Jeffery Dye, I confirmed Patty’s research.
You and Roza are listed as registered voters in Harris County.
Jill Moffitt
commented 2016-09-12 09:40:55 -0500 · Flag
Poll Watcher training is now available for the Fall election. Included will be a discussion about voter suppression and the new Texas law about IDs.
Classes are available on Saturday Sept 24th 10-noon and Sunday Sept. 25th at 12-2.
More classes will be scheduled upon request.
For questions contact me at gemsbyj@aol.com.
commented 2016-08-18 17:56:44 -0500 · Flag
Sherry, This is what you are looking for from the Texas SOS:
commented 2016-08-18 09:43:59 -0500 · Flag
When will clear guidance be released on the SOS’s hm page, so voters can refer to for clarification leading up to the General Election
commented 2016-08-11 10:06:48 -0500 · Flag
The courts have approved the wording for the affidavit that waives photo ID. They are calling it REASONABLE IMPEDIMENT DECLARATION. This form permits a voter wirhout an ID to vote a real ballot. The Texas Secretary of State is in the process of updating their website. The County Clerks are probably waiting to see what the SOS posts.
The uncomplicated form seems easy to fill out with appropriate boxes to check.
Chances are that there will be future rulings that will change the process but for the time being our TDP’s awesome attorneys and the Fifth Circuit Court seems to have scored one for the disenfranchised.
This election can make a lot of difference in our future, please vote the WHOLE ballot!
commented 2016-08-04 18:10:35 -0500 · Flag
Most Recent Ruling on Fall 2016 Voter ID and Issues
Jill Moffitt
2016 HCDP Fair Election Chair

There are new rules for voters with ID issues and fortunately it bypasses the provisional ballot process. Neither the Texas Secretary of State nor Harris County Clerk’s office has a prepared statement yet regarding voter ID rules that has been commanded down from the 5th circuit. The spin is that both sides won based on the links below. The 5th Circuit District Court decided that the provisional balloting for those without IDs was unacceptable that was used in the Special election on Aug 2nd.

What this new ruling means is that if you are still registered to vote which you can check your status when you go to www.hctax.net or to the Texas Secretary of State web at www.sos.state.tx.us then you can show up to any early voting location or your assigned polls which you can find at www.harrisvotes.com to vote an electronic ballot.
All you need to vote is to present one of the following: a valid voter’s registration certificate, certified birth certificate, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, a paycheck, or any government document that displays your name and address. Bring one of these documents and you will be asked to sign an affidavit which affirms that you are this person on the voters rolls at your current address. Do this and you will get to vote a regular ballot. However, it is OK if the addresses don’t match, they can NOT hold you to the address presented on your document, The rules have NOT changed regarding the issue should you have moved and the address on the rolls are not current.
If you declare that the address on the rolls is wrong and that you have moved, the rules on the books stays the same and it requires you to vote in your old location and fill out a statement of residence form if applicable. If you have moved, please change your address on file now to prevent further issues. You can do this up t0 30 days before the election. The last day to register to vote or change your address is Oct 11th this year due to the holiday.
They have also extended the types of IDs and expiration of them as accepted photo IDs in which to use. You can have an acceptable ID that has expired for up to 4 years and it will still be accepted. The list of acceptable IDs and any additions will available in time to train election judges.
You can still get a free photo ID for voting at any TX DPS office, You can still get a free Texas State Birth Certificate only once for the sake of getting a voter ID. If you were born outside Texas, you have to pay for your birth certificate.
600,000 disenfranchised Texas voters who do not have a photo ID have indeed received at the least a temporary if not permanent reprieve. Word has it that it will be appealed by conservative plaintiffs with the hopes that the Supreme Court will approve an ID only option. That takes time. If you know anyone who has been turned away because of ID issues, please get them to vote and to vote the WHOLE ballot. Permanent changes can happen if we can vote in sympathetic people in all offices.
Case 2:13-cv-00193 Document 877 Filed in TXSD on 08/03/16 available at
commented 2016-07-29 20:16:07 -0500 · Flag
Regarding the new ruling of Voter ID issue.
The Texas Secretary of State is using the special election for SR 120 in Bexar county to have a practice run of implementing a new Voter ID procedure on August 2nd.
The trial procedure adds more photo ID options including student photo IDs. The secondary option if someone walks in without any photo ID, then the same as what we did before photo ID is use utility bills, bank statements etc. The issue of concern is anyone who tries to use this previously acceptable form of ID is that they have to sign an affidavit the affirm that this is their name and address AND they can ONLY VOTE PROVISIONALLY.
This could take anywhere from 20-45 minutes to fill out before you can vote electronically. Now, if the judge makes a mistake on the provisional form the chance that it CAN NOT be counted is high.
To prevent this, particularly for seniors and disabled people you should vote by mail. The chance of rejection is much lower.
When provisionals get to the Ballot Board after the election, they are researched thoroughly to check if the voter voted at the correct precinct, that a registered voter is indeed registered correctly and if the voter is who he or she says it is.
This can only be done with signature comparison. Every voter has a voters registration application on file. The Ballot Board can compare signatures. This is what is done on ballot by mail and it certainly will work on provisional ballots. When the signatures match the ballots will be accepted and counted. It is very time consuming on both the voter and ballot board. Personally, I think that if we revert to what we did before SB14, is sufficient. But paranoia about the few fraudulent voters who voted illegally is high. My only concern about the provisional route is “IF” BOTH the judge AND voter fills it out CORRECTLY.
The whole state is watching the SR 120 special election. When the Texas SOS makes a formal announcement, you will hear about it. Stay tuned.
Jill Moffitt 2016 HCDP Fair Elections Chair
commented 2016-05-24 06:29:38 -0500 · Flag
You can also find info about candidates at lwvhouston.org
If you look to a local caucus group or the Houston Chronicle they might give you additional insights into remaining candidates.
commented 2016-05-24 06:21:33 -0500 · Flag
Contact information concerning the 2016 Primary Runoff Canditates is provided at http://www.harrisdemocrats.com/primary_2016_runoff_candidates.
commented 2016-05-24 01:19:45 -0500 · Flag
There was information on the candidates for the November elections but none here now for the runoff. How can I decide when my first choice was not elected to be included in the runoff?
commented 2016-03-01 17:26:57 -0600 · Flag
The Senate conventions on March 19 are open to all who vote in Democratic Primary.
commented 2016-03-01 13:32:38 -0600 · Flag
Are precinct caucuses the same as precinct conventions? Where can I find the date, time, location of said democrat precinct caucus/convention? Help please!
commented 2016-02-12 16:12:10 -0600 · Flag
Precinct caucuses are no longer held on election day. They will occur at the Senate District Conventions, March 19th, in various locations. Preregister at http://register.txdemocrats.org
commented 2015-10-29 18:24:58 -0500 · Flag
Jorge Viola try this which will give info on pros and cons.
commented 2015-10-05 12:04:53 -0500 · Flag
Check your voters status:

If there is a problem go to a satellite tax office and correct it and get a dated receipt to prove that you were on time.
commented 2015-10-05 11:57:53 -0500 · Flag
Today is the LAST DAY to register to VOTE in the Nov. 3 city election.
Are you current with your correct address?
commented 2015-08-27 07:13:48 -0500 · Flag
Great job opportunity for Harris County Precinct 6 residents, presently held by Richard Vara, The salary of the our current Justice of the Peace is approx., $119,662 annually. The position is for a 4 yr. term.

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 6, Place 1. March 6, 2012 is the Primary Election, and the last day to file for a place on ballot is December 15, 2011. The filing fee is $1,000

Requirements – http://www.texascounties4u.org/desc/descJP.pdf – No education requirements are needed as the State of Texas has training requirements once elected.

Eligibility requirements for the justice of the peace office are:
• a citizen of the United States;
• at least 18 years of age;
• mentally competent;
• no felony convictions; and
• a resident continuously in Texas for 12 months, having presided in the precinct for six
  • Individuals who want to run for a Federal, State or County office representing one of the two major political parties must file for a place on the ballot at the headquarters of their preferred party:

Please contact your political party for more filing information. The Harris County Republican Party can be reached at 713-838-7900 http://www.hcdp.org/ , or the the Harris County Democratic Party can be reached at 713-802-0085 : hcdp@hcdp.org

To see if you’re a resident of Precinct 6, go to – http://www.hctax.net/voter/Getmaps.aspx – Select JP / Constables – Precinct 6

A video of the job description can be found at:http://www.texascounties4u.org/videos/jpvideo.html

Other important websites
State of texas – www.sos.state.tx.us
Candidate handbook
commented 2015-07-05 21:36:55 -0500 · Flag
The deadline for filing for office has not been set but it will likely be in December – however, if you are running for an office that requires petition signatures then you will need it start now. Contact 713-802-0085 for more info.
commented 2015-07-05 09:30:45 -0500 · Flag
When is the deadline to register for democratic party
commented 2015-05-22 18:05:17 -0500 · Flag
when is deadine to register to run for district court judge
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