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Voter mischief top of mind for some Harris County voters

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A record number of voters are expected to show up at the polls on Election Day.

"Voter fraud" seems to be a phrase we've heard a lot this campaign season because the presidential race is so close.  Many are wondering what they should do if they suspect cheating.

"They need to call down here to the office and we will have someone come out and look at it and if we need to, we'll have the constables come out and resolve the issue," Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart said.

Stanart said his office is investigating some NAACP volunteers after a poll watcher complained they were inside a polling place on Nov. 2.

"There was a number of them (NAACP volunteers) there that were handing out water, doing things that was improper and illegal," Stanart said.  "They need to be outside the 100-foot marker.  That's the law."

He said you can only be inside a polling location if you are a voter, poll worker or poll watcher.

A record number of early voters have already cast their ballots in Harris County.  That number tops 766,500.  More than 450,000 voters are expected in Harris County on Election Day.

"The last presidential election, we had 1,188,000," Stanart said, smiling.  "I'm expecting we're going to exceed 1.2 million. That's my prediction."

If you don't already know, go online to find out where you vote.

"You must vote in your polling location on Election Day," Stanart said.  "You don't have a choice like you do in early voting, so go to, look up your polling location, put in your name and address and it'll tell you specifically where you vote."

Most voters know which candidates will get their support.  Some still aren't sure if the different propositions will.  Houston ISD has a $1.9 billion bond on the ballot, money which will help build new schools and much more.

"Brick and mortar doesn't make a better school and this is about brick and mortar," bond opponent Dave Wilson said.

"You cannot educate where there are leaky toilets, leaky roofs, where the equipment does not work.  This is a plus for our community," Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said.

Who knows exactly what will happen on Election Day, but one thing is certain.

"If you stay home and don't vote, your voice won't be heard and you can't complain," Stanart said.

You can vote on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The earlier you vote, the better.  The last two hours are expected to be the most crowded.


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