Director of Innovation, Harris County Clerk

Benjamin Chou is the Director of Innovation at the Harris County Elections Division. In this role, he most notably created drive thru voting, a first in the State of Texas. After a number of legal challenges, the 130,000 votes cast via drive thru voting was upheld by the Texas Supreme Court (twice), U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He also directed the data analysis that led to tripling the number of early voting sites and setting an historic 800+ election day sites for the 2020 general election along with allocating voting machines to ensure minimal wait times. He is a Co-Founder for VoteSimple, a nonprofit civic engagement organization dedicated to registering and activating people of color and LGBTQIA Texans. He previously worked as the Political Director for Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and prior to that for Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. He’s managed and worked on political campaigns in Illinois, Maryland, Iowa, and Texas. He graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctorate from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, a Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management, and a Bachelors of Arts from Rice University. He has won national recognition as a Paul and Daisy Soros New American Fellow, Harry S. Truman Scholar, and Morris K. Udall Scholar.