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Election Night Returns Portal Now Available
AUSTIN — With polling places across Texas closing at 7:00 p.m. local time this evening, county election officials are now beginning to report results for the 2022 General Election through the Texas Secretary of State's Election Night Returns portal.
The Texas Secretary of State's office does not grant and cannot grant extension of voting hours past 7:00 p.m. local time - only a Texas district court has the authority to do so. Today, two Texas counties obtained Texas district court orders to extend voting hours to 8:00 p.m. CT due to delays in opening polling locations this morning. As a result, those counties cannot begin reporting results from Early Voting until their polls have closed.
In Bell County, a Texas district court order extended voting hours to 8:00 p.m. CT.
In Harris County, a Texas district court order extended voting hours to 8:00 p.m. CT.
For county-specific information about voting hours and when to expect results to be reported, contact the county elections office.
ALL INFORMATION IN THE ELECTION NIGHT RETURNS PORTAL IS REPORTED BY TEXAS COUNTY ELECTION OFFICIALS. THE TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE DOES NOT ALTER OR MODIFY THE DATA PROVIDED IN ANY WAY. COUNTY OFFICIALS MAY UPDATE ELECTION RESULTS ON THEIR OWN WEB SITES OR TO THE MEDIA BEFORE UPDATING RESULTS THROUGH THE TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE'S PORTAL. DISCREPANCIES BETWEEN RESULTS ON A COUNTY ELECTION WEB SITE AND THE TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE'S WEB SITE ARE THE RESULT OF THE COUNTY NOT YET UPDATING RESULTS DATA INTO THE SOS ELECTION NIGHT RETURNS PORTAL BEFORE UPLOADING THE SAME DATA TO ITS OWN WEB SITE. UNOFFICIAL RESULTS REPORTED TO THE SOS ON ELECTION NIGHT ARE REFRESHED EVERY FIVE MINUTES UNTIL ELECTION RESULTS FROM 100% OF PRECINCTS AND POLLING PLACES IN ALL 254 COUNTIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO OUR OFFICE.