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Voting in Bexar County: Mail-in ballots and early voting numbers

Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen emphasised that the final two days of early voting are typically the busiest.

BEXAR COUNTY, Texas — The turnout of early voters in Bexar County to date is down by about 13% from the final midterm election, a improvement that has stunned native officers provided that voter registration is up in 2022. 

In an up to date offered Wednesday morning because the early-voting window nears its finish, Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen stated these numbers have lowered her expectations for whole turnout this year. She stated she expects between 500,00 and 550,000, down from about 650,000 heading into early voting. 

“I hope I’m wrong,” she added. 

The forecast would mark concrete enchancment over 2018, when simply over 420,000 voters made it to the polls early, although the comparability does not instantly consider the San Antonio space’s development over the past 4 years. 

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Callanen additionally conceded that the final two days of early voting are “notoriously” the busiest. 

“That’s when everybody decides to make their choices, on those last two days,” she stated. “Hoping we’ll see an entire lot of numbers go up.”

She did, nevertheless, present excellent news on the mail-in poll entrance. After a historic quantity of absentee voters noticed their ballots rejected in the March primaries, Callanen stated that rate is much decrease to date for the overall election. 

At the identical time, Bexar County residents are nonetheless attempting to use for a mail-in poll, regardless of the deadline passing. 

“We have had a lot of disappointed voters because they continue to send in our mail in ballot applications.”

Early voting wraps up Friday, with the polls open from 8 a.m. to eight p.m. every day this week. Of the 51 websites round city, Callanen stated Encino Branch Library on East Evans Road is by far the busiest, adopted by Brook Hollow Library on Heimer Road and Semmes Library alongside Judson Road.

“Do your homework and prepare your forms so that you don’t feel rushed throughout the day,” she stated.

>We have a full rundown of the steps wanted to register to vote right here.

>Check to see whether you’re already a Texas voter.

>Get more answers from the state’s website.

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