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County-wide Vote Centers

What are "County-wide Vote Centers?"

County-wide Vote Centers are election day polling places that are not precinct specific. That means if you live on Galveston Island but work in Texas City you can vote at any of the Island's voting locations or, if it is more convenient, you could pop out for lunch in Texas City and vote there. Or if you live in Friendswood but work at UTMB, on election day you can vote your ballot right there on campus! No matter which polling place you choose, your ballot will be the same.

The County of Galveston ran a Vote Center election in November 2009. We did it again in 2011 and we were successful in getting the State Legislature to allow counties like ours that have conducted successful county-wide vote center elections to do it in all General Elections, provide that the Commissioners Court agrees. Each election cycle we ask the County Commissioners for permission to continue to use vote centers and they continue to grant our request.

Looking forward, we are looking at expanding our use of this approach to voting. We plan on using county-wide vote centers for the May local entity elections in 2014. We are also exploring with the Republican and Democrat parties whether we should use them for the March primaries.

In the 2013 November election we established 35 vote center locations. Our intent is to use these for every election going forward. In even numbered years we will add up to ten additional locations in order to better serve the voting public.

Your comments on this approach to voting are always appreciated as we attempt to do a better job of serving you. You may contact us by using our online email form.