Houston Run-Off Races Could be Decided By Three Percent Of Voters

It's the last day of early voting for the local run-off elections. Several Houston City Council and Houston Community College races are on the ballot. Not many people are showing up at the polls.

Early voting ends tonight at 7:00 for the eight runoff races in the City of Houston.

Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart oversees the elections process and says turnout during the early voting period has been very low.

"You know with not as many candidates on the ballot and the low visibility, the turnout has not been very strong. But the positive of that is if you vote, you have a much larger impact on the final results."

Stanart says so far during early voting, 8,600 people have showed up to cast ballots at the polls. About another 8,000 have completed mail-in ballots. And a few hundred more will likely vote on Election Day this Saturday.

"It's over 900,000 people who are registered voters in the City of Houston. We are probably looking at a three percent turnout."

There are five Houston City Council seats and three Houston Community College positions in run-off races. Which ones are on your ballot will vary based on where you live.

The polls are open tonight at 20 locations until 7 p.m.

For more information, visit KUHF's election coverage.

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