HOUSTON—A rainbow of colorful signs greets voters outside several polling locations throughout Harris County. Each sign has the name of the candidate hoping to be elected to the job they are running for.
But despite all the imploring by the candidates and their supporters, early voter turnout has been lackluster.
"The early voting period typically tends to increase - the numbers increase - the later you get into the period of early voting," said Kevin Mauzy with the Harris County Clerk's Office.
Still, voter turnout is down three-and-a-half percent from 2003 when Mayor Bill White was running against two other candidates for the open seat.
Six years later, Peter Brown, Gene Locke, Annise Parker, and Roy Morales are the four front-runners vying for the soon to be vacated seat.
"I always try to vote early and I always vote," said Davida Avery, outside the Bayland Park Community Center.
The polling location contained more volunteers than voters inside.
"For the president everyone come out," said Avery.
It's true, last year's presidential election drew crowds and long lines. And while this mayoral race is not as captivating, voters will determine which of the seven candidates will best serve the community.
"I don't feel that it has to be exciting, I just think that it is the time, you should vote - it's important for the city, you're voting for your mayor. And the propositions are important too," said Avery.
There are 11 state propositions on the ballot with issues that range from taxation, education to military service.
With only four days left in early voting, voters can avoid the crowd, should there be any come Election Day.
"On Election Day you have to go to the precinct that you live in, which is going to be somewhere close to your home, but your activities that day may take you away from where you live," said Mauzy.
November 3 will be the last chance voters will have to cast their ballot.
To find the nearest early voting location.