New tool helps voters find polls in Fort Bend County

On May 7, Fort Bend County will debut an enhanced search tool designed to make it easier for voters to find an Election Day voting center.

When voters visit the Election webpage and select Election Day Information, they will be taken to a map displaying the location of all county polling locations open for that election. The pins on the map are now color coded to reflect anticipated wait times at each location. If a voter clicks on a site it will display additional information including a detailed map of the location as well as driving directions.

Information can be updated during the day based upon the number of voters who casting ballots each hour as well as reports from poll workers of the number of persons waiting in line.

According to Fort Bend County Elections Administrator John Oldham, the enhanced web site is a collaborative effort between his office and the Fort Bend County Office of Information Technology.

“We hope voters will find this to be a useful tool to locate Election Day voting centers. Our goal is help voters make an informed decision about where they can vote by balancing travel time against anticipated wait times.” Oldham said.

“We appreciate the effort of the Fort Bend County IT Department to help us bring this tool to our voters at no cost to our taxpayers” he added.

The election information can be accessed from either a desktop or mobile device.

Polling places for both the May 7 local elections and the May 24 Primary Runoff Election are currently available on the Elections Department website. Fort Bend County adopted a county wide polling place program in 2015 which allows eligible voters to cast a ballot at any county voting center open in a given election.

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