The July 14th primary runoff election is the second round of voting for the 2020 primary. During the primaries, we vote for candidates to represent either the Democratic or Republican party in the November election. Both the primary and general elections include Federal, State, and County races.
The winner of each race for each party will proceed to the general election in November. If no candidate received a majority of the vote in the first round primary on March 3rd, the two candidates receiving the most votes advanced to the primary runoff on July 14th. Voters can vote in a runoff even if they didn’t vote in the primary.
The primary runoff was originally scheduled for May but was postponed until July. Election Day is Tuesday, July 14, 2020, and polls are open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. The Early Voting period for the runoff is June 29th – July 10th, though there will be no voting held on July 3rd and 4th.
Early voting hours:
Monday, June 29th – Thursday, July 2nd: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th: CLOSED
Sunday, July 5th: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Monday, July 6th – Friday, July 10th: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Good news: in Bexar County, you can now vote at ANY polling location during both Early Voting and Election Day! There are polling places all across the County. You can see a list of Early Voting locations here. Check back for Election Day sites once they’re confirmed.
The primary and general elections include Federal, State, and County races. When you vote in the primary runoff, you’ll be asked if you want a Democratic or Republican ballot and will only vote on candidates from that party. Since many races were decided by a majority in the March primary election, you’ll only see a few races on your runoff ballot.
Yes—you can choose your party ballot when you go to vote in the runoff. Your party affiliation and voting history don’t matter. When you vote in the general election in November, you don’t have to vote for the same candidates or party. (While there are other political parties, the Democratic and Republican parties are the only parties holding Texas primaries.)
If you’re registered in Bexar County and have recently moved addresses within Bexar County, you can update your address online. If you have moved from a new county into Bexar County, you must re-register.
If you have changed your name since you registered but you reside in the same county, you can update your name online. If both your name and county have changed, you can 1) correct your voter registration certificate on the back and mail it to your county’s voter registrar; 2) fill out a new voter registration and check “Change”; 3) change your voter registration when you apply for or change your Texas driver’s license.
If you have one of the following forms of photo identification, you must present one when you vote in person. The identification can be expired up to four years.
- Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
- Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
- Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
- United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
- United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
- United States passport
If you do not have one of the above forms of identification, you can present one of the following supporting forms of identification, and the voting official will help you fill out a required declaration.
- Valid voter registration certificate
- Certified birth certificate (must be an original)
- Copy of or original current utility bill
- Copy of or original bank statement
- Copy of or original government check
- Copy of or original paycheck
- Copy of or original government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)
The address on your identification does NOT have to match your address on your voter registration information. If your name does not exactly match your name on your voter registration information, election officials will review your identification, and if your name is “substantially similar,” you’ll be allowed to vote (but required to submit an affidavit stating you are the same person on the official list of voters).
While there are current lawsuits in Texas proposing that voting by mail can be expanded amid COVID-19, these decisions have not been finalized. However, the following groups are always eligible to vote by mail: people aged 65+, people with disabilities, people confined to jail but otherwise eligible; and people who will be out of the County during Early Voting and on Election Day.
Applications to vote by mail must be received by July 2nd. Mail-in ballots must be received by 7:00 pm on July 14th (or by 5:00 pm on July 15th if postmarked by 7:00 pm on July 14th).