Vote In Person

 

Who can vote in person

All registered voters in Texas can vote in person, either during Early Voting (April 19-27, 2021) or on Election Day (Saturday, May 1, 2021).


Where to vote

Voters registered in Bexar County can vote at any Bexar County vote center during Early Voting and on Election Day.  

When to vote

  • Early Voting (April 19-27)
    • For every election there is a period of days before Election Day when any voter registered in Bexar County can vote. 
    • Check the Bexar County Elections Early Voting Hours and Locations PDF close to the first day of Early Voting to confirm dates and times.  (Bexar County has not yet updated the pdf for the upcoming November election).
    • Won't have computer access?  Call Bexar County Elections Department at 210-335-8683 to find out vote center hours.
  • Election Day (Saturday, May 1) hours are always 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Don't leave if you are still in line when the vote center is scheduled to close—you have the right to remain in line and vote!


What to take with you when you vote

 
Required:
Recommended:
  • a mask & hand sanitizer
  • voter registration card
  • list of candidates you have decided to vote for
    • go to VOTE411.org to learn about the candidates in advance and print a list of your selections
    • find a LWVSA Voters Guide at your local library to read about the candidates and write down your selections
  • Election Protection hotline number: 866-OUR VOTE 

What to expect when you go to vote

Safety precautions in place to address COVID-19
  • Election officials will be wearing face masks
  • A plexiglass shield will provide an additional barrier at tables where check-in takes place. 
  • Social distancing will be enabled with
    • floor markings,
    • one voting unit per table (not the usual two), and
    • no more than 10 people permitted in the voting area at a time. 
  • Voters will be provided with hand sanitizer and a choice of implements for no contact voting:
    • food prep plastic gloves,
    • finger cots, or
    • a pencil for signing in and using the eraser end as a stylus for the voting machine touchscreen.

Bexar County Elections Department recommends that voters wear face masks.


Accessible voting

All polling places are required by law to be accessible to voters with disabilities.  

Find more information about your rights and options in the Voters with Disabilities section of this website and at Disability Rights Texas.

Call the Disability Rights Texas Voting Hotline at 1-888-796-VOTE (8683) with specific questions about voting or if you feel your voting rights have been violated at the polls.  


Check-in process
  • When you arrive at the polls, you will check in with an election clerk.
    • You are required to show an acceptable form of photo identification (see VOTER ID)
    • Showing your voter registration card will make check-in more efficient, as well as provide proof of registration, although it is not required.
    • You will be be asked to initial or sign a form
  • The election clerk will give you a ballot card and direct you to a touchscreen voting machine

Three-part voting process

1.  insert your ballot card into the voting machine

  • before selecting candidates, you can adjust the following:
    • English or Spanish language
    • size of the words
    • contrast between the words and the background
  • use the touchscreen to make your candidate selection for each contest
  • press "print" once you have made all your selections and double-checked them
  • the machine will return the ballot card to you with your selections printed on it

2.  check the printed ballot card to confirm it contains the selections you made

If something is incorrect on your printed ballot card, ask for a new ballot card—it is your right!

3.  take the printed ballot card to the "tabulator" machine and insert it—this is the actual voting or casting of your ballot

The video below shows you how to use the voting machines.  

Este video le muestra como usar las máquinas de votación.

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