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FAQs

Find answers to some of our most frequently asked voter questions below. If you still need help, you can reach us by email at info@planyourvotesa.org.

Voting Procedures During COVID-19

What precautions will be taken at the polling place?

People in line will wait 6 feet apart, everyone will be required to wear masks, and sanitizer will be available upon entry and exit.

Will I need to wear a mask?

 Voters will not be required to wear a mask upon entering the building but wearing a mask is highly recommended

How can I avoid crowds?

You can avoid crowds by voting by mail, voting early or voting early in the day on Election Day.

Are there any other precautions you recommend?

  1. Get a flu shot before you vote. Flu shots don’t prevent coronavirus, but they do save lives.
  2. Contact your local election administrator to check if you are eligible to vote by mail.
  3. Mail-in voters may also drop off ballots in person at your county-of-residence election headquarters. You will need to bring your voter ID (and hand sanitizer). The deadline for receipt of mail-in votes is Election Day, Nov. 3.

Registering to Vote

Do I need an ID to register online to vote?

All Bexar County residents who are eligible to vote may fill out a voter registration application online on the Secretary of State’s website. If you don’t have a Texas driver license or identification card number but you enter your other information, the website will create a voter registration application for you to print, sign, and mail.

I’ve moved. How do I change my address?

You can update your Texas residence address by re-registering online or by submitting a paper voter registration application. You can also send a signed letter to the Bexar County elections official, informing them of your move and providing them with your date of birth and current address, even if it is in a different county. 

When is the deadline to register to vote?

Texas residents must be registered to vote by October 5th. For this date and other important election deadlines, see our election calendar. If the registration deadline has passed for an upcoming election, visit the county election site for information on when to register before the election.

What to Expect on Election Day

What do I need to bring with me?

Texas voters are required to show identification at their polling place.

  • You will be asked to show photo ID to vote in Texas. Acceptable forms include: Texas driver’s license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS); Texas election ID certificate; Texas personal ID card; Texas handgun license; US military ID with photo; US citizenship certificate with photograph (doesn’t need to be current); or a US passport. Forms must be current or expired less than four years. For voters aged 70 or older, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired for any length of time if the identification is otherwise valid.
  • Voters without ID: If you don’t have ID and cannot obtain one due to a reasonable impediment, you’ll need to sign a sworn statement that there is a reason why you don’t have any of the accepted IDs, and present one of the following: certified birth certificate; valid voter registration certificate; or a current utility bill, government check, bank statement or paycheck, or government document with your name and an address. If you meet these requirements and are eligible to vote, you may vote in the election.
  • If you don’t have ID and do not have a reasonable impediment to obtaining one or did not bring ID to the polling place, you may cast a provisional ballot. In order to have the provisional ballot counted, you will be required to visit the voter registrar’s office within six (6) calendar days of the date of the election to either present one of the forms of photo ID or submit a temporary affidavit, or, if applicable, qualify for the disability exemption, in the presence of the county voter registrar while attesting to the fact that you do not have any of the required photo IDs.

What are my rights as a voter?

  • A ballot with written instructions on how to cast a ballot.
  • Ask the polling place official for instructions on how to cast a ballot (but not suggestions on how to vote).
  • Cast your vote in secret and free from intimidation.
  • Receive up to two more ballots if you make a mistake while marking the ballot.
  • Bring an interpreter to assist you as you qualify to vote if you do not understand the English language.
  • Help to cast your ballot if you cannot write, see the ballot, or understand the language in which it is written.
  • Report a possible voting rights abuse to the Secretary of State (1.800.252.8683) or to your local election official.
  • Cast a provisional ballot if your name does not appear on the list of registered voters.
  • (1) Cast a provisional ballot (a) if you do not possess one of the seven (7) acceptable forms of photo identification, which, if you are under 70, is not expired for more than four years, and you can reasonably obtain one of these forms of identification or (b) if you possess, but did not bring to the polling place, one of the seven forms of acceptable photo identification, which, if you are under 70, is not expired for more than four years, or (c) if you do not possess one of the seven forms of acceptable photo identification, which, if you are under 70, is not expired for more than four years, you could otherwise not reasonably obtain one, but you did not bring a supporting form of identification to the polling place, and (2) the right to present one of the acceptable forms of photo identification, which, if you are under 70, is not expired for more than four years, or, if you do not possess and cannot reasonably obtain an acceptable form of photo identification, the right to execute a reasonable impediment declaration and present one of the supporting forms of identification, to the county voter registrar’s office, within six (6) calendar days after election day, or, if applicable, qualify for a temporary (natural disaster or religious objection to being photographed) or permanent (disability) exemption, within six (6) calendar days of election day, at the county voter registrar’s office.
  • Vote once at any early voting location during the early voting period within the territory conducting the election.
  • File an administrative complaint with the Secretary of State concerning violations of federal and state voting procedures.

How and Where to Vote

Important dates for the May 7th, election

Authority Conduction ElectionsLocal Political Subdivisions(County-ordered elections may not be held on this date. County Election Official may, but is not required to, contract to provide election services to political subdivisions holding elections on this date.)
Deadline to post candidate requirements 1Form 1-15 (PDF)Friday, May 7, 2021
Deadline to Post Notice of Candidate Filing Deadline (Local Political Subdivisions Only)1Monday, December 20, 2021 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates1
First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).Saturday, January 1, 2022* 

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday.  An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2022 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.
First Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)1Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Last Day to Order General Election or Special Election on a MeasureFriday, February 18, 2022  
Last Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)2Friday, February 18, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.  
See note below relating to four-year terms3
Last Day to File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy (Local Political Subdivisions Only)Tuesday, February 22, 2022 
Last Day to Register to VoteThursday, April 7, 2022  
First Day of Early Voting by Personal AppearanceMonday, April 25, 2022  
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked)Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Last Day of Early Voting by Personal AppearanceTuesday, May 3, 2022  
Last day to Receive Ballot by MailSaturday, May 7, 2022 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Monday, May 9, 2022 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)4 

Important Dates for the May 24th election

First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)Saturday, January 1, 2022* 

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2022 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.
Last Day to Register to VoteMonday, April 25, 2022 
Last Day to Apply by Mail (Received, not Postmarked)Friday, May 13, 2022  
First Day of Early Voting by Personal AppearanceMonday, May 16, 2022 
Last Day of Early Voting by Personal AppearanceFriday, May 20, 2022  
Last Day to Receive Ballot by MailTuesday, May 24, 2022 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Wednesday, May 25, 2022 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)4 

Where can I vote early?

This year, Bexar County has expanded its voting locations. For a map polling locations, click here.

What times can I vote?

DateTime
April 25-April 298:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
April 308:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
May 112:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
May 2- May 38:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
May 78:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where can I vote on election day?

This year, Bexar County has expanded voting opportunities. Instead of requiring you to vote in your local precinct, you can vote at any site in Bexar County. Click on this map to find a location that works for you.

How can I vote by mail?

An application for ballot by mail , or ABBM, can be found as a fillable form  HERE.

lternatively, it can be downloaded, completed by hand, and mailed to:

Early Voting Clerk
1103 S. Frio, Suite 200
San Antonio, Texas 78207-6328

Any ABBM sent to the Elections Department is required to have an orginal hand signature to be kept on file.
Electronic signatures CAN NOT be accepted.


Additionally, the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) is applicable for military and overseas voters. These voters will not use the ABBM forms  HERE .

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