A vote here sign points potential voters in the right direction at Bowden Elementary School. Photo by Scott Ball.
Following a proclamation by Governor Abbott, education elections scheduled for May could be moved to November in an effort to contain the coronavirus. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

Early voting ended Friday for The Nov. 3 Amendment, Joint General, Special and Bond Election. A total of 38,180 votes were cast between Oct. 19 and Friday at 36 early polling sites in Bexar County.

Some sites on the city’s Northside drew between 1,200-3,800 voters, while a number of inner city sites drew less than 400 voters. Click here to see a full report on the 36 early voting sites and turnout. There are 959,760 registered voters in Bexar County, which means only 3.978% of registered vothers cast  early votes. If an equal number turn out Tuesday, the total will still fall short of 8%.

Voters turn out in fewer numbers when there are no general election races attracting attention.  Seven constitutional amendments, however, are on the ballot in all voting precincts.

Click here for a general sample ballot. Click here to find your specific sample ballot and specific polling place on Election Day by address. Click here to find your sample ballot and polling site based on your voter registration information. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Voters in House District 118 are choosing a new state representative  from a field of six candidates to take the seat of retiring state Rep. Joe Farias (D-188). The Democrats: Rep. Farias’ son, Gabe Farias, Tomas Uresti, and Anthony Alcoser. The three Republicans: Robert Casias, Michael Holdman, and John Lujan.

Northeast Independent School District residents are voting on a $499.95 million bond.

There is a single contested race for a director’s seat on the San Antonio River Authority. Four seats will be filled by unopposed candidates in Wilson, Karnes and Goliad Counties, and Bexar County District Four. District Three Incumbent Michael Lackey faces challenger Donald Oroian.

The suburban municipalities of Hollywood Park, Windcrest, Schertz, Converse, Helotes, Von Ormy are holding local elections. The Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD also is holding elections.

SEVEN CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

PROPOSITION 1 – SJR 1

“The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $15,000 to $25,000, providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount, authorizing the legislature to prohibit a political subdivision that has adopted an optional residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation from reducing the amount of or repealing the exemption, and prohibiting the enactment of a law that imposes a transfer tax on a transaction that conveys fee simple title to real property.”

For an analysis on the costs of this proposition, click here to read the CPPP report.

PROPOSITION 2 – HJR 75

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran who died before the law authorizing a residence homestead exemption for such a veteran took effect.”

PROPOSITION 3 – SJR 52

“The constitutional amendment repealing the requirement that state officers elected by voters statewide reside in the state capital.”

PROPOSITION 4 – HJR 73

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.”

PROPOSITION 5 – SJR 17

“The constitutional amendment to authorize counties with a population of 7,500 or less to perform private road construction and maintenance.”

PROPOSITION 6 – SJR 22

“The constitutional amendment recognizing the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife subject to laws that promote wildlife conservation.”

PROPOSITION 7 – SJR 5

“The constitutional amendment dedicating certain sales and use tax revenue and motor vehicle sales, use, and rental tax revenue to the state highway fund to provide funding for non-tolled roads and the reduction of certain transportation-related debt.”

For an analysis on the costs of this proposition, click here to read the CPPP report.

For FAQs about the Bexar County Elections click here.

*Top image: A “vote here” sign points potential voters in the right direction at Bowden Elementary School.  Photo by Scott Ball. 

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Rocío Guenther

Rocío Guenther worked as a bilingual reporter and editorial assistant for the Rivard Report from June 2016 to October 2017. She is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico and holds a bachelor's in English...