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Election Basics: Things I-10 Corridor Voters Should Know Before Casting a Ballot

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Fair Oaks Ranch City Hall is an early voting site. Courtesy photo/Google Streets

Interstate 10 corridor voters who cast a ballot during the Nov. 3 general election likely will see a lengthy ballot. 

In addition to the presidential battle, there’s a range of congressional, county and state legislative races to consider.

Also to be determined are contests and special initiatives delayed from local May elections because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Here are a few key things to remember: 

Early voting started Oct. 13.

Early voting hours at the following Bexar County sites — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 13-17; noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 18 and 25; and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 19-23; and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 26-30 at: Fair Oaks Ranch City Hall, 7286 Dietz Elkhorn Road; John Igo Branch Library, 13330 Kyle Seale Parkway; Shavano Park City Hall, 900 Saddletree Court; and University of Texas at San Antonio.

Early voting hours at the Kendall County Courthouse Annex, 221 Fawn Valley Drive, Boerne — 8 a.m.to 6 p.m. Oct. 13-16 and 19-23 and 26-28; and 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. Oct. 17 and 24; and 7 a.m.to 7 p.m. Oct. 29-30.

Voters on Election Day may cast a ballot at any open polling site in the county in which they live (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.).

Oct. 23 is the final day to apply for a mail-in ballot. Any county-registered voter may apply for one if: 65 years of age or older prior to Nov. 3; sick or disabled; out of the county on Election Day and during the period of early voting by personal appearance; or confined in jail, but eligible to vote. 

Mail-in ballot applications are available through the Bexar County Elections Department. Call 210-335-8683 or visit https://www.bexar.org/1568/Elections-Department for details on other voter information, including Election Day polling sites.

At the polls

Voters must present any of the following: a Texas driver’s license; Texas Election Identification Certificate; Texas ID card; Texas concealed handgun license (issued by Texas Department of Public Safety); U.S. military ID card containing the person’s photo; U.S. citizenship certificate or naturalization certificate containing the person’s picture; or a U.S. passport.

The electorate must practice social distancing and wear a mask when casting an in-person ballot. Hand sanitizer is available.  

This is the first general election without straight-party voting; voters will have to mark a candidate for each race.

The new electronic voting machines use ExpressVote, which enables a voter to print a ballot card and verify choices.

More information

League of Women Voters of Texas (https://my.lwv.org/texas/election-information) provides nonpartisan election information.

MOVE Texas (https://movetexas.org) works to empower mainly young people through civic education, leadership development, plus information on voter mobilization and issue advocacy. 

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