2020 Election FAQs
Races on the ballot include President, Senate, U.S. Congress, State and County representatives, and area judges. If you live in San Antonio city limits, you’ll also vote on local measures relating to sales tax allocations. Some local school districts are holding school board or bond elections.
You can vote early between October 13th – 30th. The County has expanded voting hours during the last week of early voting (October 26th – 30th) from 8 am – 10 pm. See full early voting hours here.
Election Day is November 3rd and polls will be open 7 am – 7 pm. If you are in line by 7 pm, you will be able to vote.
During Early Voting and on Election Day, you can vote at ANY polling location. (Just note that locations may differ between early voting and Election Day.)
The County has added several “mega voting” locations this year, including the AT&T Center, Alfazar Shrine Temple, Palo Alto Performing Arts Center and St. Paul Community Center, to accommodate more voters and ensure that everyone can maintain physical distancing.
Voter Registration and Identification FAQs
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).
Vote By Mail FAQs
Texas has not expanded vote by mail during COVID-19. 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. If you plan to vote by mail, make sure your application is received by October 23rd. (If you’re 65 or older, you may have already received an application in the mail from Bexar County.)
Once you receive your ballot, you’ll need to return it by mail (must be received 7:00 pm on November 3rd or by 5:00 pm on November 4th if postmarked by 7:00 pm on November 3rd), or drop it off at the Bexar County Elections Department (1103 S Frio).
Good news! This year Bexar County has introduced a ballot tracking tool. You can track both your vote by mail application and your ballot here.
Yes. If you have your mail-in ballot, bring that with you so that you can surrender your ballot and vote as usual. If you don’t have that, you’ll be able to cast a provisional ballot and your vote will be counted once the County determines your ballot was not received.
Texas offers curbside voting for people who cannot enter a polling place without assistance or likelihood of injuring their health. You can call ahead to the Elections office (210-335-8683) to make sure your polling location has the voting materials ready. Learn more about curbside voting.
More Helpful FAQs
Due to COVID-19, elections administrators need more poll workers this year. High schoolers who are 16 or older can also sign up to be poll workers. Find out more here.
Wear a mask or face covering when you go to the polls and bring hand sanitizer with you. Poll workers will provide you with a new pencil or other tool to use on the touch screen. Think about and plan your ballot choices before you get to the polls. (While you can’t use your phone inside the polling station, you can bring a sheet of paper in with you.) See more about voting safely during COVID-19.
Yes! Future voters are always welcome to join you at the polls!
No. Texas election code says that you cannot “electioneer for or against any candidate, measure, or political party” within 100 feet of a polling site. That means you’ll need to swap out your candidate t-shirt, mask, hat, etc.