In the November 2016 election, approximately 57% of the registered voters in Bexar County voted.
While a significant amount, our community can do better. Now more than ever, every vote counts and it is up to you to get informed and engaged in the process.
This webpage is designed to provide some helpful information to help you find how, when and where to vote and how to research who and what issues are on the ballot this election.
Additionally, if you are able and willing, Bexar County needs poll workers this November. The position is paid and requires minimal training.
Important Elections Deadlines
Poll Workers Needed
Get paid to be a poll worker in Bexar County and be part of the elections process.
All you have to do is complete, print, and mail this simple Bexar County Election Officials application.
Poll workers in Bexar County are paid for their work and are needed to ensure that enough polling places will be open and ready to serve voters safely with a socially-distanced voting experience.
Mail the application to the address on the bottom of the form:
ATTN: Elections Training Coordinator
Types of Poll Worker Positions
There are three different positions, with compensation ranging from $15-$17 per hour.
Read about the requirements and duties for these positions.
Call the Bexar County Elections Department at 210-335-8683.
How to Vote
In order to vote in Texas, you must be registered with your county of residence. The application must be submitted 30 days before the election date.
How to Get a Voter Registration Application
- Complete a voter registration application card online from the Texas Secretary of State website to be printed, signed, and mailed. (tarjeta de solicitud de registro de electores en línea)
- Call the Voter Registration office at 210-335-VOTE (8683) and request a voter registration application to be sent to you to be filled out, signed, and mailed back.
- You can also find voter registration applications at libraries, government offices, or high schools to be filled out, signed, and mailed.
- You are eligible to vote if:
- You are a United States citizen.
- You are legally registered to vote in Texas.
- You are at least 18 years old on November 3, 2020.
- You are not a convicted felon. (You may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole.)
- You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.
If you think you are already registered to vote in Bexar County go ahead and make sure and check online. You can utilize the Bexar County Registration search online and find your polling location.
If you’re not registered:
If you are not registered to vote, don’t worry since you still have some time. In order to register in time to vote this November, be sure to do the following:
- Complete and submit the online application available at https://www.register2vote.org/ (you’ll be mailed an application form populated with your information and a pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope) and
- Sign and date your application, put it in the envelope provided, and place it in the mail before October 5
If you don’t want to complete online you can also call the Voter Registration office at 210-335-VOTE (8683) and request a voter registration application to be sent to you to be filled out, signed, and mailed.
Regardless of which option you choose, fill out the application completely and legibly. The application may be mailed or delivered in-person to the Voter Registration office. If mailed, the application must be postmarked by October 5 for you to be eligible to vote in that election.
This election season, we are proud to have three of our colleges serve as voting sites with one also serving as a Mega Voting Site:
- Northwest Vista College- Mountain Laurel Center,
- Palo Alto College- Performing Arts Center and
- San Antonio College- Victory Center
All three colleges will serve as a voting site during Early Voting and on Election Day!
Don’t forget, registered and eligible voters may vote at ANY early voting location located in the county of residence. This is true for Bexar County residents on Election Day too. However, if you don’t live in Bexar County and your home county does not participate in the Countywide Polling Place Program, you can only vote at the voting precinct assigned to you on Election Day.
Your residence is located in a specific “precinct” or area within the county where you will vote on Election Day. You can find your voting precinct location by looking at your Voter Registration Card or using VoteTexas.gov website and use the "My Voter Page", which will be populated with voting sites two days prior to election day.
Here is a full list of Early Voting Locations in Bexar County
Here is a full list of Election Day Locations in Bexar County
Beyond the Presidential election, there are a number of federal, state and local officials on the ballot along with critical local tax initiatives. So, before you head to the polls, it is important to do some research on who and what is on the ballot. There are several webtools available to help you identify the candidates for office, the issues you are eligible to vote for or against, and even the ability to print a sample ballot for you to take to the polls.
- To see all the statewide elections check out the Texas Secretary of State website or at VoteTexas.Gov
- Create your own personalized sample ballot at LWV- Vote 411.org website
- Check out the sample ballot for Bexar County
- Plan your vote at www.planyourvotesa.org
Below are several other resources to visit and learn more about voting, candidates and the latest news on upcoming elections.
Polling Locations at the Alamo Colleges
If you are a registered voter in Bexar County, three of our colleges will serve as voting sites during the elections: Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College and San Antonio College.
For additional information, including a list of all Bexar County Early and Election Day Voting Sites please visit the Bexar County Elections Page.
What is electioneering?
Electioneering means to advocate or campaign in any way for the support or defeat of a particular candidate for political office or of a particular ballot item at issue in an election, and includes the posting, use or distribution of political signs or literature, including flyers.
All those engaging in electioneering at an Alamo Colleges District location on behalf of self, a candidate or a ballot proposition must abide by the following guidelines:
- As provided by state law, electioneering may not occur within 100 feet of the designated polling location.
- Electioneering will be permitted in specifically defined areas adjacent to the polling location, close to the 100-foot marked “no electioneering zone.”
- No person is allowed to electioneer outside of the designated areas; within the 100 feet of the “no electioneering zone,” as prescribed by state law; or inside or directly in front of the entrance to any Alamo Colleges District building entrance.
- Electioneering may only occur only during the times the polling place is open.
- Electioneering signs may be erected in the designated electioneering areas beginning 24-hours before the voting period, but must be removed within 24 hours after the voting period ends.
- Posting or affixing signs or other electioneering materials on walls, windows, grounds, planters, doors trees, sidewalks, parking lots, driveways, benches, poles, fixtures or any other equipment or surface, except where specifically authorized, is strictly prohibited.
- Campaign posters and flyers may be distributed or posted by Alamo Colleges District students, faculty or staff in accordance with the restrictions outlined above. However, no Alamo Colleges District employee or student may engage in electioneering during work hours, nor may they utilize college resources, including equipment, supplies or services, for electioneering purposes.
Mega voting sites are spacious venues that can host a large number of machines while maintaining social distancing. The purpose of mega sites is to help people cast their ballots safely by avoiding lines and maintaining social distancing.
There are 4 Mega voting sites in Bexar County including one of our own colleges:
- AT&T Center
- Alzafar Shrine
- Palo Alto College- Performing Arts Center
- St. Paul’s Community Center
Hours for each Mega voting site are:
- During the first week (Oct. 13-17) of Early Voting, open from 8 AM – 6 PM
- During the second week (Oct. 19-24) of Early Voting, open from 8 AM to 8 PM
- During the last week (Oct. 26-30) of Early Voting, open from 8 AM to 10 PM
There are lots of questions about who and how someone can vote by mail. Currently, only eligible, registered voters may vote by mail in Texas. To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas, you must:
- be 65 years or older;
- be sick or disabled;
- be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance; or
- be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.
If you are eligible, you can request to vote by mail ballot by Friday, October 23, 2020. Once you fill out your ballot, the Early Voting Clerk must receive your marked ballot by 7:00 PM on Election Day, November 3rd, 2020.