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Early voting for the May 4 countywide appraisal district elections and several area local elections begins Monday.

Voters across the greater Houston area will head to the polls to weigh in on dozens of local races along with first-time countywide elections for appraisal district board members.

In Harris County, some voters also will cast ballots in a special election between state Rep. Jarvis Johnson and emergency room nurse Molly Cook to fill the remaining eight months of Houston Mayor John Whitmire’s old state Senate District 15 term. The election also will serve as a benchmark for the two candidates, who also are running in a May 28 Democratic primary runoff.

Harris County voters, along with Montgomery, Brazoria and Fort Bend counties, also are being asked to elect three members to the counties’ appraisal boards, a controversial new election created by a state constitutional amendment approved in November.

Early voting runs through April 30. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, with the exception of Sunday, when they open from noon to 7 p.m.

Residents can cast ballots at any of the 25 early voting centers across Harris County. To find early voting centers and see a sample ballot for Harris County, go to

Where to vote

Voters in Fort Bend County can find voting locations and sample ballots here.

Galveston County voters can find sample ballots and voting locations at

For voting locations and sample ballots in Montgomery County, click here.

Brazoria County voters can find sample ballots and voting locations at the county clerk’s website.

Waller County residents can find election information and sample ballots here.

In Chambers County, voters can find sample ballots on the county’s election page.

For Liberty County residents, sample ballots and poll locations can be found here.

Under Texas law, voters must present one of seven types of photo identification to enter a polling place. Acceptable forms of ID include a Texas driver’s license, a Texas personal identification card issued by the Department of Public Safety, a United States citizenship certificate containing a photo, aTexas handgun license issued by DPS, a Texas election identification certificate issued by DPS, a U.S. passport or a U.S. military ID containing a photo.

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Paul Cobler covers politics for the Abdelraoufsinno. Paul returns to Texas after covering city hall for The Advocate in Baton Rouge. During two-and-a-half years at the newspaper, he spearheaded local accountability...