A long line wraps around the Bexar County Elections Department building on the last day to register to vote. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

Sisters Jennifer Silva and Valeria Arriaga, both 19, stood outside the Bexar County Elections Department on Monday afternoon. This year would mark the first election in which they’re voting, they said, but they waited until the last possible day to register.

“Procrastination is killer,” Arriaga said, gesturing to the line of more than 70 people. “This seemed like the best option.”

The line was even longer Monday morning and wrapped around the building, Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said.

Callanen told reporters that as of Monday morning, 1,170,389 Bexar County residents had registered to vote.

“We have the highest number right now we’ve ever had registered, and I expect that to keep going up,” she said. “My only hope is the people registering to vote come out to vote.”

The Elections Department has already sent out 91,000 mail-in ballots and received 10,000 completed ballots back, Callanen said. Another 250 people have handed in their absentee ballots to officials at the Elections Department on Monday, she added. Many of the people waiting in line Monday were there to drop off their mail-in ballots.

Rose Narro, 74, was one of the people who dropped off a ballot. She said she visited the Elections Department to ask about the form; she worried she had checked a box incorrectly.

“I want to make sure my vote counts,” she said.

Callanen reminded voters that they can only submit one application to vote by mail. Bexar County has not yet sent out absentee ballot applications to all registered voters 65 years and older, but is in the process of doing so, she said.

“If they get one of those applications from the county and if they already sent in an application, do not send that back, because that will slow the process,” Callanen said. “We have to check for a duplicate. They can save it for the next election.”

In-person voter registration at the Elections Department ends at 7 p.m. Monday. Mailed-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by Monday. Applications to vote by mail must be received by Oct. 23. Find more information about voting here.

Jackie Wang

Jackie Wang is the local government reporter at the San Antonio Report.