Amid the ongoing pandemic, some San Antonians are still navigating how to show up at the polls safely if they do not qualify for mail-in voting. To help, we've put together a short guide to voting in person.
Before heading to the polls, it is recommended that individuals check their voter registration status. Vote411 has tools that help people look up their voter registration, polling place, a sample ballot and even upcoming debates in the area.
As for safety protocols, according to an Express-News article shared by the Bexar County Elections Department, physicians recommend getting a flu shot before voting, as well as wearing a mask. They also recommend that voters prepare their ballot before they come to the polling location in order to lessen their amount of indoor exposure time.
During the early voting period, Bexar County residents can vote at any of its polling locations, including the AT&T Center, which will be used as a mega-voting center. For election day, voters may also cast their ballot in any county polling place. They're no longer required vote in their particular precinct.
NOWCastSA also maintains this handy map of polling locations..
Early voting opening hours will vary throughout the month, with longer hours as election day draws closer:
- Tuesday to Saturday, Oct. 13-17: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Sundays, Oct. 18 and Oct. 25: noon-6 p.m.
- Monday to Saturday, Oct. 19-24: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Monday to Friday, Oct. 26-30: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Those who lack approved identification can fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration and bring other identifying documentation, such as a Certified Domestic Birth Certificate, current utility bill or government check.
A full list of Bexar County voting sites and other election details can be found online.
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