Christian Evers Elementary School.
Voting signs line the pathway to Christian Evers Elementary School. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

Heads up, Bexar County: The deadline to register to vote in the March primaries is Monday, Feb. 3. Texas is one of the 14 states participating in Super Tuesday on March 3, and Texas voters wield quite a bit of influence in the 2020 presidential election with the state’s 34 electoral votes.

Not only are there presidential primary candidates on the ballot, but voters can cast Republican or Democratic ballots in three county commissioner races and for Bexar County Sheriff. There are key races in some Texas House and Congressional districts, too. Read on for more information on how to register to vote.

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

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.

How can I register to vote?

Voter registration ends Monday. The Bexar County Elections Department can get you registered, and the office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The department will also have extended hours over the weekend:

  • Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 2, noon-4 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 3, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

You can also register at libraries or through a volunteer deputy registrar.

When can I vote?

Early voting starts Tuesday, Feb. 18, and ends Friday, Feb. 28. Hours for early voting vary, and you can find details here. Election Day is Tuesday, March 3. 

What do I need to bring with me to vote?

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

  • Texas Driver 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
  • United States Military Identification Card containing your photograph
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing your photograph
  • United States 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 also 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 which 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 also cast a provisional ballot.

Where can I vote?

During early voting, there are 38 early voting sites, including the Bexar County Elections Department. Find early voting locations and hours here. Voters are no longer confined to specific precincts on election day, and can vote at any Bexar County polling location on March 3.

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. Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the elections department 11 days before election day, which is March 3. And for your vote to count, it must be received by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3.

What’s on the ballot?

Primary voters can ask for either a Republican or Democratic ballot, but can vote only for candidates in that party if a runoff results.

Texans voting in the Democratic presidential primary can expect to see a crowded ballot; President Donald Trump has six largely unknown challengers in the Republican race as well.

Texans also will vote on congressional seats and the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican John Cornyn. Also on the ballot is railroad commissioner, state supreme court justices, and members of the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals. Find the full list of primary statewide races here.

There are multiple races in play in the Texas Senate and Texas House. State Sen. Pete Flores, who flipped a historically blue district in a 2018 special election, is unchallenged in the Republican primary, but four candidates are running in the Democratic primary for the right to challenge him. State Sen. José Menéndez (D-San Antonio) has no challengers. All Texas House seats are up for election.

Bexar County voters can cast ballots for county commissioner in Precincts 1, 2, and 3, county sheriff, county tax assessor-collector, county constable in precincts 1, 2, 3, and 4, justice of the peace for precincts 2 and 4, and district court judges.

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Jackie Wang

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