No rush to polls over $595 million bond issue

Bexar elections official: Could be struggle to have at least 50,000 votes

SAN ANTONIO - The fate of San Antonio’s whopping $595 million bond package in Bexar County could be decided by a voter turnout even lower than the last bond issue five years ago, said Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen.

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“We don’t know if it is voter confusion because the primary starts on Monday,” Callanen said. “We’re just not sure what it is.”

Callanen said the last city bond issue in 2007 saw 46,000 early votes cast, yet only about 25,000 voted over the nine-day early voting period that ended Friday.

Typically, Callanen said the early vote represents about 50 percent of the overall votes cast. 

“It’s pretty quiet out there,” Callanen said, judging by the number of phone calls coming into her office on Saturday.

“During normal elections, we’ll take 10,000 to 12,000 calls a day,” she said. However, as of about 1 p.m. Saturday, Callanen said her office had received about 400 calls.

In contrast, she said Shavano Park, Leon Valley and Balcones Heights, known as “Baby Bexars,” were reporting fairly brisk turn-outs in their local elections.

Callanen said they are among at least 700,000 registered voters eligible to vote Saturday.

She said considering the low turn-out so far, it could be a struggle to have at least 50,000 votes cast on Election Day. The polls closed at 7 p.m.


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