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Bexar residents showing up to register to vote

October 9, 2018

Bexar County residents have been lining up at the Bexar County elections office today, the last day to register to vote in the midterm elections.

Bexar election officials said voters can register in person or by mail today — but mail registrations must be postmarked for Oct. 9 at the post office by midnight tonight, or they won’t count.

Elections officials also are dealing with change of address requests today.

Early voting will run from Oct. 22 to Nov. 2. Election Day is Nov. 6.

Jimmie Andrews, 58, of San Antonio, was particularly energized. She cheered “Way to go, way to go” to people waiting in line to register at the department’s office on South Frio Street.

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Andrews said she was there to get an absentee ballot, but she was excited that it seemed like a lot of young people and women were in the line. She said she was particularly excited to vote for Rep. Beto O’Rourke in his challenge against Sen. Ted Cruz.

“I like his energy,” Andrews said. “I think it’s time for a change in Texas.”

Andrews wasn’t the only one spurred by O’Rourke. Elias Herrera, a 22-year-old San Antonio resident who moved recently from California, said he was inspired by the El Paso representative’s campaign.

“This is actually my first time voting,” he said.

Others said they were there to keep Republicans in office.

Dick and Kay Cary, octogenarians from San Antonio, said they’ve voted in every election since they were 18.

“The Democrats have been especially ugly,” Kay Cary said.

Paul Foley, 61, was more blunt.

“The Democrats have lost their minds,” he said.

Darlene Castaño-Diaz, 35, said she just wanted her to make her voice heard. She was registering to vote in Bexar after living in Atascosa for eight years.

“I vote all the time but more so this year because of everything that’s going on,” Castaño-Diaz said. “The only way it’s going to count is if you come down here and vote.”

Dylan McGuinness covers local politics and the Bexar County government for the Express-News. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | dylan.mcguinness@express-news.net | Twitter: @DylMcGuinness

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