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FAST FACTS

BEXAR COUNTY ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT

Updated 10-23-2020


Poll Rules

• 100-ft. rule from the exterior door of all polling sites

• 100-ft. rule from any car in which a voter is casting their ballot

• No electronics or phone selfies permitted


Early Voting 

• October 13-30 (locations and times at bexar.org/elections)

• 207,272 early voters in seven days (number will change)

• 227,659 in 2016 (comparatively speaking)

• Added week of EV in 2020 election will add to current numbers, so likely will surpass record


Mail-In Ballots

• Mailed out 111,526 ballots as of 5.pm. 10-23-2020

• Received 69,931 market ballots from voters as of 5.pm. 10-25-2020

• Return rate: 59%

• Deadline to request application for mail-in ballot is October 23rd

• BCED has seven days to return the ballot to voter

• If emailing application, voter must submit that application by US Mail for the original signature within four days.

• Many voters hand-deliver to 1103 S. Frio

• 300-500 per day being hand-delivered

• Voters may also decide to early vote, rather than utilize a mail-in ballot

Hand Delivering Mail-In Voting Procedure

• Voters who hand deliver mail-in ballots to elections must produce a driver’s license or photo ID.

• One location to return mail-in ballots by hand: 1103 S. Frio


MAIL-IN BALLOT VOTING PROCEDURE

• Voter receives ballot in brown envelope

• Contents: letter from SOS, list of write-in candidates, letter about bringing mail-in ballots by hand, white secrecy envelope and actual ballot

• Voter completes ballot, places in white secrecy envelope, places in mailing envelope, signs their name across the flap of the mailing envelope, and sends into elections office or brings in by hand

• Voters may check the status of their ballot at bexar.org/elections

Ballot Tracking

• Voter goes to home page: bexar.org/elections and clicks on ‘track my ballot’

• Voter enters last name, birthdate, DL number or last four of social

• Tracking status informs voter: whether elections has voter’s app, whether it’s entered into system, whether ballot is pending (meaning it is in the print queue in-house), the date the ballot was placed in the mail and the date the ballot was returned to elections by the voter


Polling Place Line Priority

• Disabled individuals with problems standing may request to move to the front of the line.

• If voter is not ambulatory, BCED suggests bringing a fried who is

• That friend can tell election judge a curbside voting machine is needed at their car


Voter Registration

• There are 1,181,842 registered voters in Bexar County

• This is the highest number of voter registrations, ever

• In the US Presidential Election in 2016, there were 1,049,089 registered voters


COVID AND HEALTH PROTOCOLS FOR VOTERS 

• Texas has the ability for emergency ballots to be used by people who are ill

•  This is for Election Day only

•  Friend of voter can get a ballot at 1103 S. Frio; take it back to the voter and that same person returns it

• There must be a doctor’s excuse presented at Elections

•  Link to emergency ballot information