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Coronavirus in Texas

Harris County tried to make voting easier during the pandemic. Texas Republicans fought every step of the way.

In a bitterly contested election overlaid with the fears and risks of an uncontrolled pandemic, Harris County has become a case study in raw politics and partisan efforts to manipulate voter turnout.

A man readjusts his mask after showing his face to match his ID at the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center on W. Gray Street during the first day of early voting in Houston on Oct. 13, 2020.

Voting in Texas

  • When was the last day to register to vote?

  • When can I vote early?

  • How will voting be different because of the pandemic?

  • How do I know if I qualify to vote by mail?

  • Are polling locations the same on Election Day as they are during early voting?

  • Can I still vote if I have COVID-19?

Supported By:  The Texas 2020 Voter Guide logo
Harris County residents waiting in line at the Bayland Community Center during the first day of early voting in Houston on Oct. 13, 2020.

Harris County going bluer

A line outside a polling location during the first day of early voting in Houston on Oct. 13, 2020.

Expanding voter access

Voter Lovely Washington cheers aboard a METROLift vehicle after casting her ballot during the first day of early voting in Houston on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Washington hopes to her vote is used to improve things in America.
A voter is handed a machine to vote in the drive-through line at NRG Stadium in Houston during the first day of early voting on Oct. 13, 2020.
An excited pair of women show off their “I Voted” stickers after voting in the drive-through line at NRG Stadium in Houston on Oct. 13, 2020.

Fight from Republicans

Pinkie Powell shows off her "I Voted" sticker after casting her ballot at the Bayland Community Center during the first day of early voting in Houston on Oct. 13, 2020. Powell says she didnít mind the hour way in line because "it's time for my voice to be heard."

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