Bexar County voters will weigh in on a slate of proposed constitutional amendments Tuesday while residents in the southern part of the county will choose a new Texas House representative.

The special election runoff in House District 118, which covers most of South Bexar County and curls around to the county’s outlying eastern portion, pits Republican John Lujan against Democrat Frank Ramirez. Republicans are working to flip the traditionally Democratic-held seat left vacant by the resignation of Leo Pacheco in August.

Meanwhile, all county voters can decide whether to approve eight amendments to the state constitution, including authorizing counties to issue bonds for transportation infrastructure in underdeveloped areas and banning the state from prohibiting or limiting religious services. The state Legislature passed the proposed constitutional amendments as bills, but a majority of voters in the state must approve each one.

For more information on each of the eight proposed amendments, click here.

Voters in some areas also will see school district bond issues and proposed tax rate changes on their ballots. For more details, click here.

Other items that Bexar County voters may see on their ballot:

  • The City of Converse is asking its voters to choose the next mayor and three city council members.
  • The Green Valley Special Utility District has candidates for “director positions at large” on the ballot.
  • The City of Helotes is proposing the adoption of a local sales and use tax at the rate of 1.25%.
  • The City of Schertz has two city council positions on the ballot.
  • The City of Universal City is asking voters to consider a homestead exemption for people who are disabled or 65 years of age or older.
  • The City of Windcrest’s voters will select a new mayor and two of city council members.

Find a sample Bexar County ballot here.

When can I vote?

Polls are open Tuesday until 7 p.m. 

Am I registered to vote in this election?

You can check your voter registration status here. All you need is your Voter ID number or Texas driver’s license number, your name, county of residence, and date of birth.

What do I need to bring with me to vote?

You need to provide one of the following seven forms of identification:

  • Texas driver’s license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas election identification certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas handgun license issued by DPS
  • U.S. military identification card containing your photograph
  • U.S. citizenship certificate containing your photograph
  • U.S. passport (book or card)

If you don’t have one of the seven forms of identification listed above and can’t reasonably get one, you can bring one of these:

  • A copy or original of a government document that shows your name and an address, including your voter registration certificate;
  • A copy of or original current utility bill;
  • A copy of or original bank statement;
  • A copy of or original government check;
  • A copy of or original paycheck; or
  • A copy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law that establishes your identity, which may include a foreign birth document.

If your name for some reason does not appear on the list of registered voters but you did register to vote in time, you can cast a provisional ballot.

Where can I vote?

The Bexar County Elections Department planned to have 278 voting centers open for the November election. Find locations here. Voters are no longer confined to specific precincts on election day and can vote at any Bexar County polling location.

What about absentee ballots?

You can vote by mail if you are:

  • Going to be away from your county on election day and during early voting
  • Sick or disabled
  • 65 years of age or older on election day
  • Confined in jail, but eligible to vote

You can request an application for an absentee ballot from the elections department, or print one out here. For your vote to count, it must be received by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

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San Antonio Report Staff

This article was assembled by various members of the San Antonio Report staff.