Saturday is election day in San Antonio. Here’s what you should know.
Saturday is election day is San Antonio, as voters will select a mayor and the 10 members of the City Council.
Voters will also be picking school board officials in seven districts. Smaller Bexar County cities will hold elections for their respective city councils as well.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. More than 66,000 people voted early in San Antonio, roughly on par with the turnout level two years ago. In those elections, just 11.32 percent of registered voters cast a ballot.
Most eyes will be on the marquee matchup between Mayor Ron Nirenberg and challenger Greg Brockhouse. The race has grown tighter than most expected and many anticipate it is now a toss-up — and could require a runoff. That’s because seven lesser-known candidates are also vying for the position.
There also open seats in the East Side’s District 2, the Southwest Side’s District 4 and the West Side’s District 6. Incumbents are seeking re-election in the other seven districts.
Here’s what you should know.
How do I register to vote?
It’s too late! But voters can check if they’re registered on the county’s website at bexar.org/elections.
I’m registered. Where do I vote?
Unlike early voting, voters must cast ballots at their designated polling place on election day. You can find your polling site on your voter registration card or on the county’s website.
What should I bring?
Voters must bring their photo ID in Texas, and election officials in Bexar County recommend bringing your voter registration card as well to expedite the process.
A passport, Texas driver’s license and personal ID card issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety are among the acceptable forms of identification. They will be accepted even if they’re expired, unless they’ve been out of date for more than four years (though that rule doesn’t apply to those over 70 years old).
There are exceptions for voters who don’t have an approved ID and can’t reasonably obtain one. They can bring a current utility bill with the correct address, a bank statement or government check, among other documents. But they must sign a reasonable impediment declaration.
A full description of the ID requirements is available on the Texas secretary of state’s website.
Dylan McGuinness covers City Hall and local politics in San Antonio. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | email@example.com | Twitter: @DylMcGuinness