Election Day, Nov. 6, is quickly approaching, but there are plenty of opportunities beforehand to beat the last-minute rush to the polls. Early voting opens Oct. 22 and runs through Nov. 2.

In the Lake Houston area, the polling location for Humble is the Octavia Fields Branch Library, 1503 S. Houston Ave. In Kingwood, it’s at the Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods Drive, and the new location in Atascocita is the Atascocita Branch Library, 19520 Pinehurst Trail Drive. In Crosby, the location is Crosby Branch Library, 135 Hare Road.

More information, such as the times the polls are open, all poll locations and a voter-specific ballot can be found at Harrisvotes.org. During early voting, voters can vote at any of Harris County early voting sites.

Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart said, “The goal of this website is to provide citizens the basic information needed to access the voting process. I believe the strength of the electoral process stems from an informed and engaged citizenry. Thus, as chief elections officer of Harris County, I strongly encourage all qualified citizens to exercise their right to vote.”

Items on the ballot for this mid-term election include the races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, United States senator, United States representatives, state senators, state representatives, justices of the peace and many other important positions. Local items include a number of propositions and elections for positions such as school board trustees, city council members and MUD board members. Kingwood and other areas who are part of the City of Houston can also vote on two city charter referendums: Propositions A (Rebuild Houston) and B (Fire Union Petition). As part of the city’s effort to educate the public regarding the Nov. 6 ballot, the city has launched the “Houston Votes 2018” website – houstontx.gov/houstonvotes2018 – providing information about the propositions and the voting process.

“It is very important that Houstonians know the facts regarding the upcoming election and the two propositions,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “There are seven town hall meetings remaining and I invite Houstonians to join us to hear from department directors and me and ask any questions they may have.”

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I grew up on a farm in New Mexico and miss eating hot chile and having four seasons. I didn't start college until I was already a mother and double majored in English and anthropology. I received an Honors B.A. from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and was named “Outstanding Student” in English. My honors thesis is titled “The Enduring and Ever-Changing Legend of La Llorona.” I worked as a police reporter for a bit before staying home in Kingwood to raise my two daughters. My hobbies include reading, gardening, cooking and traveling.