The deadline to request an application for a mail-in ballot is 5 p.m. Oct. 30, and so far, requests by registered voters number 29,000 and counting, according to Jacque Callanen, Bexar County elections administrator.
“They’ve done a marvelous job,” Callanen said of her staff of full-time and temporary workers. “They’re mailing thousands a day.”
She said at this rate, the total could surpass the 32,000 applications received in 2008.
Callanen said the Oct. 30 deadline will give her staff seven days to respond, so that voters will have enough time to return the ballots by 7 p.m. Nov. 6, election night.
She said the military members overseas also can make their applications and receive their ballots via e-mail, but they must be returned by mail or faxed in time to be counted.
Callanen said it is important that voters sign the white envelopes containing their ballots. If not, she said they will be returned if there’s time, but otherwise they’ll be sent a “reject” letter they can take to their polling site.
“You’re eligible for Election Day voting, so take this with you,” Callanen said.
She said many who have asked for mail-in ballots have gone to vote early.
“They go to the polls and the records say, 'Whoa! You have a mail ballot,'” Callanen said.
In those cases, she said the election judge will call her office to cancel the mail-in ballot before the voter can physically cast their vote.
“(That) person’s not going to vote twice (or) pull one over on us,” Callanen said.
She said voters are not notified their mail-in ballots have been received, but they can call 335-VOTE to check on its status.