Voting FAQs

The San Antonio municipal election includes Mayor and all 10 City Council representatives. Some local school districts will also elect school board representatives. And San Antonio voters will vote on an amendment to the City charter.

If you live outside of San Antonio city limits, but in Bexar County, visit our page about municipalities outside of City limits to learn about your local elections.

Check back soon to see your individual ballot for the 2023 municipal election.

A City charter is a legal document that defines the organization, structures, and policies of a municipality—much like a constitution for a city. To make changes to the charter, an amendment must be approved by voters. San Antonio’s City charter was adopted in 1951 and has been amended nine times.  

Every ten years, following the U.S. Census, City Council Districts are redrawn to ensure that each district has a similar population. This last occurred in 2022. The new boundaries will officially go into effect following the 2023 municipal election. Find your district (and see if it has changed) on the City’s website.

To vote in the May 6 municipal election, you must be registered to vote by April 6, 2023. To register, you’ll need to download the application, print and sign it, and mail it in to the County elections department.

» Get a voter registration application.

» Find out if you’re already registered.

Election Day is Saturday, May 6 and polls will be open 7 am to 7 pm.

Early Voting is Monday, April 24 – Tuesday, May 2. All voters can participate in Early Voting.

  • Monday, April 24 – Thursday, April 27: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Friday, April 28: CLOSED
  • Saturday, April 29: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 30: CLOSED
  • Monday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 2: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

During Early Voting and on Election Day, you can vote at any polling location. Keep in mind locations might differ between Early Voting and Election Day.

» See Early Voting locations

If you won’t be in Bexar County for Early Voting and Election Day; are 65 years or older; are sick or disabled; expected to give birth within three weeks before or after Election Day; or confined in jail but otherwise eligible to vote, you can vote early by mail. Applications must be received by April 25. Mail-in ballots must be received by 7 pm on May 6.

» How to get a mail–in ballot

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).

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.

» Update your name or address online.
» Get registration application.
» Find your county’s voter registrar.

San Antonio has a council-manager form of government. Voters elect 11 representatives (10 district representatives and 1 mayor), and together the Mayor and City Council appoint a City Manager. While the Mayor and Council make decisions on laws and policies, the City Manager is responsible for carrying out day-to-day operations of the City, providing the Mayor and Council with recommendations, and developing and overseeing a budget (which is approved by City Council each year) that pays for City services.

In the municipal election, if no candidate receives a majority of the vote in a race, the two candidates receiving the most votes will move on to a second election, called a runoff. That election will happen in June, and SA2020 will update this website with all the information for the runoff, too.