NRG Park to become Harris Co.'s election headquarters and will offer drive-thru voting

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- As sports venues across the country become tent poles for the democratic process, the Houston Texans' home complex of NRG Park has been designated the headquarters of the Harris County Clerk's Office for the presidential election.

On top of the HQ announcement, NRG Arena will serve as an early voting site, both in-person and by drive thru.

"We are proud to provide this facility for Harris County voters to participate in one of the most important rights and responsibilities that we as citizens have," said Ryan Walsh, executive director of the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation. "We're honored to do our part in giving our community every opportunity to vote during this unprecedented election year."

As for the Texans, the team said they are doing their part to encourage fans to take part in the election process.

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"Our constitutional right to vote provides all of us with a voice in our government and we encourage all Texans to be heard by participating in elections," said Houston Texans President Jamey Rootes.

Plans for the NRG Park site call for Hall D of NRG Arena to serve the in-person component of early vote, while Blue Lot 16 will welcome drive-thru voters. Early voting at the complex is set for Oct. 13-30. Entry for all voting will be at Gate 8 off of Kriby Drive.

On the Nov. 3 Election Day, in-person voting will be held in NRG Arena proper. Drive-thru voting will also be at Blue Lot 16.

NRG Park joins fellow sports venue Toyota Center as newly deputized voting centers in the new era of social distancing. The video above looks at the home of the Houston Rockets becoming a large-scale polling place, similar to NRG Park's plans.

NRG Park indicated it will adhere to all CDC and public health guidelines when it comes to the coronavirus.

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