Election Day for the Texas Primary Runoff Elections is fast approaching, with Early Voting starting tomorrow, Monday, June 29th. CLICK HERE TO FIND A POLLING LOCATION NEAR YOU. I highly encourage you to vote early to avoid the long lines and crowded polling places on election day. When going to vote make sure you wear your mask at all times.
Vote By Mail
If you are registered to vote, you still have time to register to vote by mail if you meet certain qualifications. You may vote early by mail if you are registered to vote and meet one of the following criteria:
- Away from the county of residence on Election Day and during the early voting period;
- Sick or disabled;
- 65 years of age or older on Election Day;
- or Confined in jail, but eligible to vote.
Despite efforts by Texas Democrats the ability for everyone to have the choice to vote by mail is still up for final decision in the courts. Hopefully, we will have a final decision in time for the November General election that will allow all Texans the choice to vote by mail.
Please see below for my endorsements for the Democratic Primary Runoffs:
Harold V. Dutton, Jr.
Despite having bipartisan support at all levels of government to continue federal support for testing in Harris County, the Trump Administration seems to be carrying out what President Trump said in Tulsa last weekend—”slow the testing down.” The Trump administration came around a little on Friday, and extended FEMA support for just 14 days, and for only 5 of the 7 testing sites in Texas. This half-hearted policy decision by the President makes it more difficult for local leaders to craft policies to help keep us all safe.
This is yet another reason why we need new leadership in the White House.
I will continue to push for a full extension till the end of August for all sites in Harris County.
More on this important issue from the Houston Chronicle:
WORK SMART. WEAR A MASK
We are in the middle of a pandemic, with case numbers rising in Harris County, and all of Texas. That is why I agree with Judge Lina Hidalgo that even though we are not under a mandatory stay-at-home order we need to act like we are as much as possible to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This is especially true if you are part of the population who has a high risk for severe illness such as those 65 years and older, or who have an underlying health condition. If you do have to go out please practice good hygiene and public health safety measures when you do go out. Such as:
- practice social distancing;
- limit when you go out in public;
- when you do go out wear a face mask; and
- wash your hands and avoid touching your face.
There are people whose work requires them to go out to help us all stay safe, healthy, and fed. We can help those essential workers by staying home. If we work together, we can do our best to minimize the number of deaths by following the recommendations above and encouraging our friends and family to do the same.