Secretary of state OKs county-wide polling system for Harris County
Harris County voters will now be allowed to cast ballots at any polling site in the county under a system that gained state approval Thursday.
Before now, registered voters were required to use their assigned precinct locations on Election Day, when the county operates more than 700 polling sites.
County Clerk Diane Trautman, a Democrat who pitched the countywide polling idea during her campaign, has sought to implement the new system since she was elected in November. On Thursday, Texas Secretary of State David Whitley approved Harris County for the program, giving Trautman the green light to put it in place for the next election.