On Monday, both City Council and Bexar County commissioners approved the final vote count for the November election.
That means the local propositions passed by San Antonio voters and local races for positions including county commissioner seats, constables, and school boards have been certified. Gov. Greg Abbott will have to sign off on the final vote counts for federal and statewide elections by Dec. 7.
Bexar County had been waiting until Nov. 9, the final day the Elections Department could accept mail-in ballots from military members overseas to finalize its vote count, said Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen. She told commissioners Monday that none of those absentee ballots affected race outcomes, even the smaller down-ballot races.
The Elections Department is not quite done for the year, however, Callanen said – there is still a runoff election for two of the Alamo Community College District board of trustee seats scheduled for Dec. 12.
Callanen also said that 1,586 people cast provisional ballots, of which only 144 votes qualified; most of the provisional ballots were cast by people who were not registered to vote. Provisional ballots are cast by people whose names do not appear on the voter rolls. The early voting ballot board determines whether provisional ballots should be accepted or not.
More than 2,000 people cast limited ballots in the election. Limited ballots are cast by voters registered somewhere else in Texas, but who did not re-register in Bexar County before moving here. Individuals using limited ballots can only vote in federal and statewide offices such as president and U.S. senators.
This was the first presidential election under the vote center model, which allowed voters to cast ballots at any polling place in the county on Election Day. More than 50 percent of people voted outside of their assigned precinct, Callanen said.
“They’re embracing vote centers, which is wonderful,” she said.