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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

When does early voting start?

Texas law allows voters to cast their ballots starting October 13th and ending on October 30th.

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?

Tues., Oct. 13 thru Fri., Oct. 16 ……………………………………………………..8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Martes 13 de octubre hasta el viernes 16 de octubre de 2020………….8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 17, 2020 ………………………………………………………………………..8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sabado 17 de octubre de 2020………………………………………………………8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 18, 2020 ……………………………………………………………………..12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.
Domingo 18 de octubre de 2020 ………………………………………………….12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 19 thru Fri., Oct. 23 ………………………………………………………8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Lunes 19 de octubre hasta el viernes 23 de octubre de 2020…………..8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 24, 2020 ………………………………………………………………………..8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sabado 24 de octubre de 2020………………………………………………………8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 25, 2020 ……………………………………………………………………..12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.
Domingo 25 de octubre de 2020 ………………………………………………….12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 26 thru Fri., Oct. 30 …………………………………………………. 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Lunes 26 de octubre hasta el viernes 30 de octubre de 2020…………8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m

When can I vote on election day?

Tuesday, Nov. 3…………………………………………………………………………………………….7 a.m to 7 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 .

What is the deadline to vote by mail?

The deadline to receive an Application for a Ballot by Mail ballot for the November Election is October 23, 2020. All Applications for Ballot By Mail must be received by the Bexar County Elections Department by 5:00 PM on October 23, 2020.

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