Consider registering voters or working elections
Do you think voting is important? Would you like to help others be able to vote?
With one hour of your time, you can become a volunteer deputy registrar, or VDR, which certifies you to register qualified Bexar County residents to vote. You can join other League members in fulfilling one of the League’s roles – increasing the power of voters.
Classes, which last about an hour, are free and are held the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Elections Office, 1103 S. Frio, San Antonio, 78207. The next classes are April 10. They cover such issues as how to make sure the registration card is filled out correctly, who is eligible to register and what the legalities are. At the end of the class, you are issued a numbered certificate saying you are a VDR. Certificates expire at the end of every even-numbered year. To read more, go here. To sign up, call 210-335-6625.
You can also apply to be an election official – one of the people who work at the polls on election day. People are always needed to be presiding election judges, alternate election judges or clerks, all of which get paid a modest fee to make sure every qualified voter casts a ballot.
Classes for prospective judges last most of a day and participants must pass a test at the end to become a judge. The class is not mandatory for clerks, but it is
Registering new voters fulfills one of the League's core roles of increasing the power of voters.
recommended. Classes are held near elections and cover the entire range of what judges need to know from the voting machines to what happens if someone who is not on the voter list wants to vote to what counts as proper identification.
Election judges are responsible for picking up supplies before the election, setting up the site to which they are assigned, administering the election at the site, and returning the supplies the night of the election. They are also the people who make sure everyone eligible gets treated equally and is given the proper opportunity to vote. To read more and apply, go here.