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Secretary of state OKs county-wide polling system for Harris County

March 7, 2019

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.

“The voters of Harris County have made it clear that a countywide polling place program would have a positive impact on elections and I am confident that the transition to a Countywide Polling Place Program will be successful,” Trautman said in a statement.

Harris County is now the largest county in the country to implement the program, according to Trautman’s office.

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