Bexar County elections officials anticipate more than 150,000 voters will cast their ballots on Election Day. Polls open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday for the 2022 midterm election.

Voters may cast their ballot at any of the county’s 302 voting centers.

There’s a lot at stake: elections for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller and land commissioner, among other offices. Democrats are trying to break the Republican Party’s 24-year lock on those statewide offices. And for the first time in more than two decades, Bexar County voters will choose a new county judge.

Voters also will decide the winners of the five Congressional seats that include Bexar County as well as the county’s delegation for the state Legislature that begins its new session in January.

View a sample ballot here.

Roughly 358,000 Bexar County residents cast in-person ballots during early voting, according to the Bexar County Elections Department. Those numbers are in line with the rest of the state’s 30 largest counties, where roughly 563,000 fewer votes were cast compared with 2018 early voter totals as of Thursday, according to data provided by Republican political analyst Derek Ryan.

Wondering where to vote and what ID to bring with you? Answers to those questions and more are below. Is there a question we missed? Ask it in the comments below this article, and we will find the answer.

Learn more about the candidates up and down the ballot and see their responses to our Q&A by checking out the San Antonio Report’s in-depth 2022 voter guide.

What time do the polls close?

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., but if you are standing in line to vote at 7 p.m. state law requires that you be allowed to cast a ballot.

Where can I vote?

You can cast your ballot at any one of 302 vote centers throughout Bexar County. See a list of them here.

How do I know if I’m eligible to vote?

You are eligible to vote if you registered by the Oct. 11 deadline and are:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A resident of the county where you submit your voter registration application
  • At least 18 years old on Election Day
  • Not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation and parole)
  • Not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

How can I determine if I’m registered to vote?

You can check your voter registration status here. You’ll need either: 

  • your Voter Unique Identifier, or VUID, and your date of birth,
  • your Texas driver’s license number and date of birth, or
  • your full name, county, date of birth and zip code. 

What about voting by mail?

If you are voting by mail, Tuesday is the deadline for returning your ballot to the Bexar County Elections Department. In order for it to be counted, it must be postmarked locally by 5 p.m. and received by the county by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. Mail-in ballots from U.S. military members who are overseas can be received by Monday, Nov. 14.

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 fill out a form declaring a “reasonable impediment” and 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 current utility bill;
  • A bank statement;
  • A government check;
  • A 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 I’m registered to vote but haven’t received my voter registration card, can I still vote?

Yes. You aren’t required to show your registration certificate to vote in person. Just be sure to bring one of seven approved forms of photo ID for voting, and know what forms of ID you can bring if you don’t possess and can’t reasonably obtain one.

Will I see additional people observing voting this election?

You might. As part of voting law changes the Texas Legislature enacted in 2021, one class of elections observer, known as poll watchers, were granted more freedom of movement at polling locations.

Voters should be aware of the differences between poll workers, poll watchers and poll monitors. Poll workers, also known as election officials, are hired and trained by the Bexar County Elections Department to administer elections by checking voters in, giving them their ballots and making sure they know how to use voting machines. Poll watchers are registered voters appointed to observe the conduct of an election on behalf of a candidate, political party or specific-purpose political action committees. They’re allowed to observe voters, election officials and poll monitors, and report on irregularities in the conduct of any election, but they may not interfere in the orderly conduct of an election.

Poll monitors are nonpartisan volunteers who assist voters if they have questions about their voting rights. Monitors in Texas are organized by a coalition of voting rights groups that promotes the national 866-OUR-VOTE hotline for voters who want to report irregularities or connect with an attorney.

Read more about the roles of observers during elections here.

What else is on the ballot?

In addition to the race for county judge, the ballot includes races for district attorney and two seats on the Bexar County Commissioners Court in precincts 3 and 4. Races for the Texas Supreme Court, state Court of Criminal Appeals and 4th Court of Appeals are being decided, along with Bexar County’s district courts and courts-at-law.

Voters in Judson and East Central independent school districts will vote on bond propositions, and voters Somerset and South San Antonio ISDs will election school board trustees.

See a copy of a sample ballot here.

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