The results of several San Antonio city council races remain undecided following the city's general election on May 1. No candidate in districts 1, 2, 3, 5 or 9 managed to receive at least 50 percent of the vote, triggering a series of runoff elections that will be held on June 5:
Here’s what else you need to know:
How do I register to vote?
The registration deadline for the runoff election was May 6, and only residents of the undecided districts can cast a ballot. But if you're already a registered voter, you can cast a ballot in the runoffs even if you didn't vote on May 1. You can check if you are registered on the Bexar County website.
You can vote at any polling location in Bexar County.
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 county's early voting clerk at 1103 S. Frio St., San Antonio, Texas 78207. Election officials must receive your application by May 25 at 5 p.m. You can also pick up and return an application form at the Bexar County Elections Department.
When is Election Day? When are polls open?
Saturday, June 5. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Can I vote in person before Election Day?
Yes, from Monday, May 24, through Tuesday, June 1. 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?
The same precautions that were implemented in the general election will be in place. 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?
City council races in districts 1, 2, 3, 5, and 9.
This guide, published on March 5, was updated on May 10 with more information about the June runoff elections.
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