How to Vote in San Antonio’s 2021 Election: What You Need to Know

Posted on 04/07/21 by Jenna Gyimesi

San Antonio’s general election to elect a mayor and city council representatives is approaching, with options to vote more safely amid the coronavirus pandemic:

  • All registered voters age 65 and older can safely vote from home by mailing in an absentee ballot before Election Day.
  • You can also vote early in person, and avoid potential Election Day crowds, starting April 19.
  • Election Day is Saturday, May 1. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Here’s what else you need to know:

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How do I register to vote?

You can register through the mail or in person. Print out a registration form from the Texas secretary of state’s website or call 210-335-VOTE (8663)  to get one sent to you. Or pick up a form at select libraries and government offices, including the Bexar County Elections Department at 1103 S. Frio, Suite 100. Completed forms need to be dropped off at the county Elections Department or postmarked by April 1 for you to vote in the May election.  

You can check if you are registered on the Bexar County website.

How can I get an absentee ballot? Are there important deadlines?

All voters 65 and older qualify to vote absentee by mail, and the Bexar County Elections Department recommends that they do, to avoid crowded polling places during the pandemic.

To get an absentee ballot, print the absentee vote application and mail it to the Bexar County Elections early voting clerk by April 20. You can also pick up and return an absentee ballot application form at the Bexar County Elections Department.

When is Election Day? When are polls open?

Saturday, May 1. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Can I vote in person before Election Day?

Yes, from Monday, April 19, through Tuesday, April 27. Check to see where you can cast a ballot before Election Day. You can also send in an absentee ballot before the election if you requested one.

Do I need identification to vote?

Yes. Acceptable forms of identification include a valid Texas driver’s license, a Texas election identification certificate, a United States passport or a Texas handgun license. Visit the secretary of state’s website for a complete list of acceptable IDs.

What is being done to make polling places safe from the coronavirus?

There will be social distancing and hand sanitizing stations in polling places. Masks are not mandated but are recommended. Some polling sites may have temperature checks.

What races are on the ballot?

The election will be nonpartisan; party labels will not appear for those on the ballot. The races and candidates:

  • San Antonio mayor: Incumbent Ron Nirenberg, Ray Basaldua, Frank Adam Muniz, Tim Atwood, Denise Gutierrez-Homer, Gary Allen, Jacq’ue Laurell Miller, Michael “Commander” Idrogo, Greg Brockhouse, Antonio “Tony” Diaz, Dan Martinez, Justin Macaluso, Joshua James Galvan, John M. Velasquez.

This guide, published on March 5, was updated on April 7 with early voting locations.

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