New Texas election law requires 24-hour video cameras for paper ballots
A little-known provision within the new Texas election law will require 24-hour surveillance cameras to be used whenever paper ballots are being tallied in counties with populations of 100,000 people or more, like Bexar County. Taxpayers will have to bear the cost of the new equipment, officials say.
Bexar County election workers given free COVID-19 testing
SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County Elections officials offered poll workers a different kind of token of appreciation this year -- peace of mind. The county tested election workers for COVID-19 after weeks of working directly with voters who were making their voices heard at the polls in record-breaking numbers across the state. Bexar County Election Administrator Jacque Callanen called the free testing event a promise kept. “It was a promise we made to them when we saw all the election officials putting themselves out there for the voters, for this fantastic election. Related: Bexar County election workers will get free COVID-19 testing
Bexar County Elections Department administrator assures residents every vote is secure
SAN ANTONIO – President Donald Trump’s allegations about voter fraud have some concerned about the election process. Votes by mail have been a major topic during the election and some question if the process is secure and valid. Jacque Callanen, Bexar County Elections Department administrator, said the office keeps track of all votes and ensures that voter records are as accurate as can be. Residents can track their vote on the Bexar County Elections website’s homepage. RELATED: 4 big takeaways for Texas, Bexar County after 2020 election
Bexar County election workers will get free COVID-19 testing
SAN ANTONIO – After running a relatively smooth election, Bexar County poll workers are being offered free COVID-19 testing next week, according to officials. Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said the free testing is a gesture of gratitude for the workers, who were exposed to thousands of voters throughout the election. In the meantime, votes are still getting counted in Bexar County. Military ballots have a longer deadline than regular mail-in ballots, which could only be counted if they were postmarked by Tuesday and arrived by Wednesday. A total of 760,931 votes were cast in Bexar County, a 64% voter turnout, according to the elections department.
WATCH: Bexar County Elections Department gives election results update
SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen will hold an election results update Friday at 4:30 p.m.A total of 760,931 votes were cast in Bexar County, a 64% voter turnout, according to the elections department. Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said on Tuesday that mail-in ballots will still be counted into Wednesday. The majority of the votes were cast during the three-week early voting period that preceded Election Day. Callenen said the lack of turnout on Tuesday was disappointing but called the election process an overall success. “They got to cast their vote, and they got to do it safely,” Callanen said.
Mail-in ballots received today at Bexar County Elections Department will count, official says
The election isn’t over just yet in Bexar County. Although the races have been called, mail ballots continue to be delivered to the Bexar County Elections Department, Administrator Jacque Callanen said in a press conference on Wednesday. The additional mail-in ballots will not change the outcome of any of the Bexar County races because no race has a margin of victory smaller than the number of ballots that are expected. However, the additional ballots will add to more than 760,000 votes cast in Bexar County throughout the presidential election, a record-breaking number. “We’re really proud of Bexar County,” Callanen said.
WATCH LIVE: Bexar County Elections Department to hold post-Election Day news conference
SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Elections Department has scheduled a post-Election Day update for 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The news conference will be livestreamed in this article. A total of 756,039 votes were cast in Bexar County, a 63.57% voter turnout, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said on Tuesday that mail-in ballots will still be counted into Wednesday. The county voted blue in the biggest race of the night, casting 397,338 votes for Democrat Joe Biden versus 266,145 for President Donald Trump, as of 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Bexar County pulls in more than 66,700 voters so far on Election Day
SAN ANTONIO – As Election Day approaches its final hours, Bexar County polling locations are seeing a drop in the average number of voters per hour. A total of 66,761 people have voted in-person on Election Day, Callanen said. it is unlikely that Bexar County will reach the expected 175,000 vote mark that the department had expected, she said. The busiest sites on Election Day include the Great Northwest Library, the Julia Yates Semmes Library, the Encino Library, the McCreless Library and the Brook Hollow Library. Polls at more than 300 voting locations in Bexar County will stay open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
S.A. election updates: Voting begins in San Antonio
This article will be updated with need-to-know voting and election information from the San Antonio area throughout the early voting period and Election Day. Official says election storm is coming: Bexar County election staff are preparing for any problems that come up on the final day of an election whose turnout is already record-smashing. Bexar County is voting,” Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said. Early vote totals smash 2016: Early voting figures have surpassed the total for the 2016 election, with five “long days” still to go, the Bexar County election chief said Monday. October 20Most in-person Bexar early voters so far: Monday marked the highest single-day voter turnout in Bexar County so far during the early voting period.mysanantonio.com
Bexar County election workers will begin scanning mail-in ballots this weekend
SAN ANTONIO – Before Election Day kicks off, Bexar County will have a head start tallying the results. To keep up with the increase of mail-in ballots, Bexar County election workers will begin scanning them on Saturday morning, Elections Department Administrator Jacque Callanen said Friday. The additional time will allow election officials to give a more complete vote count when the polls close on Election Day. Registered voters 65 and older in Bexar County were automatically sent an absentee ballot application by the elections department. Voters can still drop off their mail-in ballots on Election Day at the Elections Department on South Frio Street.
S.A. election updates: Police to Houston drivers: Avoid 610 Loop amid Trump rally
This article will be updated with need-to-know voting and election information from the San Antonio area throughout the early voting period and Election Day. Bexar County is voting,” Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said. Texans were granted an extra six days of early voting this election season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Early vote totals smash 2016: Early voting figures have surpassed the total for the 2016 election, with five “long days” still to go, the Bexar County election chief said Monday. October 20Most in-person Bexar early voters so far: Monday marked the highest single-day voter turnout in Bexar County so far during the early voting period.mysanantonio.com
S.A. election updates: Bexar County breaks 500,000 in-person voters
This article will be updated with need-to-know voting and election information from the San Antonio area throughout the early voting period and Election Day. RELATED: Early voting sites and totals in Bexar CountyOctober 28Bexar County breaks 500,000 in-person voters: Bexar County Elections Department Administrator Jacque Callanen announced via Facebook Wednesday that the current total for votes cast in person during early voting passed half a million. Early vote totals smash 2016: Early voting figures have surpassed the total for the 2016 election, with five “long days” still to go, the Bexar County election chief said Monday. “We officially broke the 2016 in-person numbers at 9:38 this morning,” Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said. October 20Most in-person Bexar early voters so far: Monday marked the highest single-day voter turnout in Bexar County so far during the early voting period.mysanantonio.com
Texas' ability to run accessible, efficient elections is being tested this year. Will Bexar County flunk?
“Here in Bexar County, because we’ve had things so stable for so long, it puts people’s minds at ease,” she said. Callanen and some other Bexar County officials, like Wolff, say the county is ready. 'A lot to be thankful for'Callanen is widely known and respected among Texas elections administrators. Although Bexar County elected officials have little direct control over Callanen's election decisions, leaders like Wolff defend the county’s elections record. But even that, he said, doesn't seem to be holding Bexar County voters down this cycle.
Texas' ability to run accessible, efficient elections is being tested this year. Will Bexar County flunk?
“Here in Bexar County, because we’ve had things so stable for so long, it puts people’s minds at ease,” she said. click to enlarge Sanford NowlinA voter drops off her ballot at the Bexar County Elections Office. Callanen and some other Bexar County officials, like Wolff, say the county is ready. 'A lot to be thankful for'Callanen is widely known and respected among Texas elections administrators. But even that, he said, doesn't seem to be holding Bexar County voters down this cycle.sacurrent.com
Deaf voters reliant on sign language report inadequate access to the polls in Bexar County
Those who need assistance from a sign language interpreter are being told the service is only available at one location, the Bexar County Elections Department on Frio Street. "You would never tell someone blind, or someone in a wheelchair, 'You can only come to one location to vote,'" Chiodo told the. "But deaf voters looking for information about interpreting services have been referred to the Frio Street location alone, Chiodo said. "Many deaf friends who are using [American Sign Language] are not voting because it is too far," another said. "Even though it's called American Sign Language, it's the same sign language deaf in Haiti use," she explained.sacurrent.com
With five days left, Bexar County surpasses 2016 early voting numbers
SAN ANTONIO – An extra week of early voting allowed Bexar County voters to surpass the in-person early voting numbers recorded in 2016, Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said Monday morning. So far, more than 440,000 Bexar County residents cast a ballot during the early vote period. Greg Abbott allowed the extra week of early voting to give people more time to cast a ballot safely among the coronavirus pandemic. The combined total of absentee votes and in-person votes breaks all previous Bexar County early voting numbers, including the one recorded in 2018, Callanen said. Early voting ends on Friday evening.
A third of Bexar County's registered voters have already cast their ballots during early voting
click to enlarge Sanford NowlinVoters line up outside of the Lion's Field voting site early this week. As of Wednesday, 396,969 people have voted in Bexar County, meaning roughly a third of its 1.2 million registered voters has already cast a ballot in the November general election.Of the total, 288,460 cast ballots in person by the end of the day Tuesday. The department has also received 108,509 mail-in ballots as of midmorning Wednesday.Of the 108,509 mail-in ballots Bexar County Elections Department has sent out since the start of this election cycle, 58% have already been returned.“That’s unheard of at the start of early voting,” Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said at a press conference this week.Through Tuesday night,29% of registered voters have cast their ballots in Texas' 10 largest counties, according to an analysis by the Texas Tribunesacurrent.com
Bexar County Elections Department gives early voting update at 10:30 a.m.
SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Elections Department will deliver an update on early voting Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. In Bexar County, voters can choose from nearly 50 polling places, including mega-voting sites like the AT&T Center and the Alzafar Shrine Auditorium that allow for better social distancing. For a full list of early voting locations, click here. The hours for early voting are as follows:Monday to Saturday, Oct. 19-24: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.Sunday, Oct. 25: Noon-6 p.m.Monday to Friday, Oct. 26-30: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.Bexar County voters can cast a ballot anywhere in the county during early voting and election day. Click here to see the busiest and slowing polling locations in the county.
These issues are reported at polls on Election Day. Let KSAT know if you experience problems while voting
It’s an unprecedented election that may come with its own set of issues. A Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputy was called to a polling location after one person wearing a political mask, shirt and hat refused to remove the items. At about 9 a.m. Comal County reported an issue with its poll pads but county officials said it was not causing an issue with the voting machines or voting. The situation is being worked on and should be resolved... Posted by Comal County, Texas on Tuesday, November 3, 2020If you experienced any issues at your polling location, let KSAT know to help us look into the issue. From long lines to malfunctioning equipment, tell us if you experienced a delay while voting or returning your mail-in ballot.
Not all voters over 65 are using mail-in ballots, but they’re voting early
SAN ANTONIO – Despite being 65 years old, many voters like Catherine Summerville chose to vote early at the AT&T Center on Wednesday instead of using their mail-in ballots. The Elections Office Facebook page shows 1,375 mail-in ballots had been cancelled as of Wednesday. The office has already received a record 45,000 mail-in ballots, nearly half of the estimated 99,000 mail-in ballot requests its received. Others who now to choose to vote in person can go to any polling site with or without the yet-to-be-completed mail-in ballot. The judge then calls the Elections Office to cancel the mail-in ballot.
Judge rules in favor of lawsuit seeking increased polling locations in Bexar County
SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County district judge ruled Tuesday that Bexar County must add 18 polling sites on Election Day. The ruling comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed by the Texas Civil Rights Project demanding the additional polling sites. The Bexar County Elections Office had planned to have 284 voting sites on Nov. 3. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said he has discussed the situation with Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen. We look forward now to working with election officials to ensure that all voters in Bexar County can vote safely and easily.”Related Stories:
More poll watchers expected in 2020 election, Bexar County administrator says
Ahead of an unprecedented election amid a pandemic, election administrators across the country are expecting more poll watchers to show up and observe the voting process. “We expect to see higher numbers of poll watchers.”Poll watchers who want to observe the election have to go through a process before showing up to the poll. “Poll watchers are there to monitor the integrity of the election,” Callanen said. The poll watchers can watch the installation of voting machines, the delivery of ballots and the tallying of votes. In Bexar County, there are more than 1,181,000 registered voters, Callanen said.
Bexar County Elections Department holds news conference day before early voting kicks off
SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Elections Department will deliver an update ahead of early voting, which begins Tuesday and lasts until Oct. 30. Texans will be allowed to cast a ballot during an extended early voting period due to the coronavirus pandemic. In Bexar County, voters can choose from nearly 50 polling places, including mega-voting sites like the AT&T Center and the Alzafar Shrine Auditorium that allow for better social distancing. For a full list of early voting locations, click here. The hours for early voting are as follows:Tuesday to Saturday, Oct. 13-17: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.Sunday, Oct. 18: Noon-6 p.m.Monday to Saturday, Oct. 19-24: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.Sunday, Oct. 25: Noon-6 p.m.Monday to Friday, Oct. 26-30: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.Bexar County voters can cast a ballot anywhere in the county during early voting and election day.
Bexar County Elections Department faces lawsuit 28 days before Election Day
SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Elections Department faces a lawsuit with just 28 days until the general election. “Bexar County must be prepared to handle more voters than it ever has before while maintaining healthy voting practices. Instead, Bexar County has decided to close polling locations,” MOVE Texas Civic Fund Executive Director H. Drew Galloway. Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen released the following statement Wednesday regarding the lawsuit. “This matter is currently in litigation and the Bexar County Elections Department will leave it to the courts to make the final decision, as we focus on the upcoming election.
San Antonio voter mobilization groups sue Bexar County, saying it must expand polling locations
"Unfortunately, this fits a pattern of legal violations spanning years, in which Bexar County has operated hundreds of fewer polling locations than it was required to," they allege.In an emailed statement, Callanen said her department remains focused on the election and will leave it up to the courts to make a final decision. "Our staff continues to work seven days a week processing applications for mail-in ballots and assisting voters in the election process," she added. "Don’t forget — early voting starts October 13. "Due to the pandemic and expected turnout, Bexar County will operate four mega-voting sites including the AT&T Center in November. New voting machines will also allow people to cast a ballot at any polling site instead of just the one designated for their precinct.sacurrent.com
Bexar County voter registrations expected to be 12% higher than for last presidential election
click to enlarge Sanford NowlinAfter a flood of last-minute registrations and mail-in applications, Bexar County expects to tally a 12% increase in registered voters since the 2016 presidential election, elections officials told the Express-News Bexar will have approximately 1,175,000 registered voters after receiving all recently mailed applications, Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen told told the daily. Those applications must be postmarked by Monday or earlier for someone to vote on November 3.Around 3,700 people registered Saturday and Sunday, increasing the total number of voters in the county to 1,170,389. Even without the expected mail-in registrations, that's still a leap ahead of the 1,049,089 who were registered for the prior presidential contest.“We’ve seen lots of activity,” Callanen told the. “My only hope — my prayer — is that the people who are coming to register to vote will come back to vote.”The Elections Department's downtown office stayed open two extra hours Monday to process registration forms.Early voting in Texas begins Tuesday, October 13.sacurrent.com
November election results could be delayed in Texas and US, experts say
Some experts say hold onto your hats because this year’s November election could set some records and see some delays. Callanen also told KSAT that she doesn’t expect long lines on Election Day that would cause delays in results in Bexar County. “We will have a manageable election day based on history,” Callanen said. “Bexar County voters love early voting.”In the last presidential election in 2016, more than 73% of Bexar County voters cast their ballots during the early election period. In recent elections, Bexar County typically has about 7% of the overall vote coming from absentee ballots.
Bexar County voters can track status of mail ballot, vote-by-mail application
In Bexar County, voters who applied for a mail-in ballot or have already mailed their ballot will now be able to track it. Bexar County Elections Department Administrator Jacque Callanen announced that the tracker is live during a news conference on Thursday. Callanen said voting by mail is very secure in Bexar County. Callanen said Thursday that her office has received roughly 88,000 mail ballot applications. Those who are still uncomfortable about mailing their absentee ballot can also drop their marked mail ballot in person at the elections office at 1103 S. Frio St.Read also:
Bexar County wins $1.9 million grant to help with safe November election
Sanford NowlinBexar County has landed a $1.9 million grant to help plan and run a safe and secure election this fall.The Center for Tech and Civic Life — a nonprofit focused on increasing public participation and modernizing elections — awarded the money to help the county deal with the strains on voting created by the COVID-19 emergency. "It is also vital that those votes be secured and accurately counted to ensure a just and fair election. "The Bexar County Elections Department will spend the funds on new equipment for handling absentee ballots, additional early voting sites and increasing its number of election clerks. "This grant will give us the additional, necessary resources that will help to ensure a safe and secure election,” said Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen, adding that she expects record turnout in November.Early voting begins Monday, October 13 and runs through Friday, October 30. Information on early voting sites and a sample ballot are available onlinesacurrent.com
Bexar County Democrat, Republican Party chairs share their thoughts about the recent straight-ticket voting ruling
BEXAR COUNTY, Texas – Straight ticket voting has become a controversial topic in Texas, causing months of friction between Democrats and Republicans. The option of straight-ticket voting allows people to choose one party’s entire slate of candidates on a ballot, instead of selecting each candidate at a time. She said straight-ticket voting is quicker and allows people to get in and out. Elections department leaving straight-ticket voting issue ‘up to courts,’ busy working 7 days a week, Callanen saysBexar County Democratic Party Chair Monica Alcantara agrees. In response, Bexar County Republican Party Chair John Austin released a statement saying in part, “I am surprised and saddened by Judge Marmolejo’s ruling blocking the elimination of straight-ticket voting for Texas.
Elections department leaving straight-ticket voting issue ‘up to courts,' busy working 7 days a week, Callanen says
SAN ANTONIO – Days after a federal judge blocked the elimination of straight-ticket voting in Texas, the Bexar County Elections Administrator says the department is working around the clock in other areas ahead of the already-intense election. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo blocked the state’s repeal of straight-ticket voting, which allows Texans to choose a party’s entire list of candidates on the ballot. Most states don’t offer straight-ticket voting, but Texas Democrats have said it helps eliminate wait time at the polls, especially for Black and Hispanic voters in big urban counties who are choosing from longer ballots. “Texas' rules around voting during the pandemic have been perplexing,” Garcia Marmolejo wrote. “My office has filed a motion to stay the district court’s injunction.
Bexar County voters 65 and older will be sent vote-by-mail applications later this month
SAN ANTONIO Following a recent Bexar County Court Commissioners meeting, the Bexar County Elections Department is preparing to send vote-by-mail application to all voters 65 or older. The Bexar County Commissioners Court directed officials to proactively mail the application to eligible voters during a meeting on Aug. 18. During the COVID-19 briefing later that day, Wolff said that there are roughly 250,000 voters age 65 or older in the county. Bexar Countys decision to send applications ahead of the election comes as the Harris County GOP and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton challenged Harris County Clerk Chris Collins in court over a similar plan. Collins initially announced he would send applications to every registered voter in Harris County, before narrowing it down to voters 65 or older.
Outstanding voter turnout reported in Bexar County for runoff election
SAN ANTONIO Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen could not have been any happier about how things turned out for Tuesdays Texas primary runoff election. We had a great election today, she told reporters at a news conference Tuesday night about two hours after the polls closed. It was a success.Callanen said as of 7 p.m., about 31,600 people, or 10%, turned out to cast a ballot, which she said is an outstanding number for a primary runoff. Texas runoff election results for July 14, 2020Callanen thanked election officials at polling sites for working the election despite concerns about COVID-19. She said there will be lessons learned from Tuesdays election that will go a long way in how her office prepares for the November general election in light of the pandemic.
Runoff election underway across state of Texas
SAN ANTONIO The runoff election is underway across the state of Texas. Polls opened at 7 a.m. and if you havent voted yet you can still head to the 214 voting locations until 7 p.m. Your guide to voting in the July 14 primary runoff electionKSAT12 spoke with a voter earlier this morning and it took her about four minutes to vote. Whos on the ballot for the July 14 runoff election in Bexar CountyAnd even though we are dealing with the summer San Antonio heat and the pandemic, the numbers for this primary runoff election are still well above average. We are seeing an increase in the number of people that are voting in a primary runoff historically primary runoff so very slow we usually have a two to a 6% turn out total and right now were sitting at 7%, Callanen said.
Despite pandemic, in-person early voting for runoff election is three times higher than 2016 in Bexar County
SAN ANTONIO An additional week of early voting may have played a role in turnout during early voting for the runoff election in Bexar County, according to data provided by the countys election department. Over the past two weeks, more than 36,000 people have cast a ballot in Bexar County during the runoff election. The numbers are much higher than the early voting period of the 2016 presidential runoff election, when only 10,828 people cast a ballot in-person between May 16-20. Greg Abbott added the extra week of early voting due to safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic. What remains to be seen is how the turnout on July 14 will be affected by the higher early voting turnout, and maybe more importantly, the pandemic.
Two major Texas counties are trimming polling locations as workers pull out over coronavirus
Texas voters are not required to wear masks while casting their ballots in-person for the primary runoffs, the first statewide election during the coronavirus pandemic. Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas TribuneA lack of workers willing to run polling sites as Texas continues to report record coronavirus infections is forcing election officials in two major counties to scale back plans for the July 14 primary runoff elections. Although poll workers are generally being provided with protective gear, Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to not require voters to wear masks when they show up at polling locations is driving some poll workers away, Wolff said. Poll workers tend to be older and at higher risk for complications from the coronavirus.
Texans begin voting Monday in runoff elections. Officials are doing what they can to make it safe.
The Collin County Elections Department created a mock polling site to prepare poll workers for early voting beginning Monday. If her prayers fail, Callanen has a set of backup county workers ready to step in. But voters will have more days to go to the polls in person after Abbott doubled what is usually a truncated early voting period for runoff elections. Poll workers will be offering masks and hand sanitizer. In Travis County, officials ditched regular voting sites at nursing homes, grocery stores and Austin Community College.
County Preps Mail-In Ballots for July Election, Braces for Different Scenarios
The Bexar County Elections Department has 141,000 mail-in ballots waiting in the wings for Julys runoff election, Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen told county commissioners Tuesday. County commissioners met Tuesday for their regular meeting with chairs spaced 6 feet apart for audience members and separated desks for commissioners. As the case moves into the appeals courts, Bexar County Elections Department must wait to see what happens next, Callanen said. Of the 1,029 positive cases in Bexar County so far, 29 are from the county jail. The funds have yet to be disbursed, and its unclear how much will be allocated to Bexar County.therivardreport.com
Texas Democrats Sue Gov. Abbott to Expand Mail-In Voting During Coronavirus Pandemic
Erik (HASH) Hersman via Flickr creative commonsThe Texas Democratic Party filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to force the state to expand vote-by-mail access during the coronavirus pandemic.The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Antonio, names Gov. "As we face the worst public health crisis in a century, neither Governor Abbott nor Secretary of State Hughs have issued concrete guidance to county election officials on whether voters can cast a mail-in ballot during the coronavirus pandemic," Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement. "Under current Texas rules, only a narrow strata of voters are allowed to use mail-in ballots. Abbott, a Republican, last month allowed municipalities to push back their May 2 elections to November, but hasn't appeared to warm to a vote-by-mail expansion.Texas Republicans have long opposed expanded mail-in voting and the introduction of online registration and same-day voter registration. The conservative-dominated U.S. Supreme Court voted Monday to reject the Democratic Governors decision to postpone those contests.sacurrent.com
May Vote to Re-Up Pre-K 4 SA Funding Could Be Postponed to November
A May vote on whether to continue funding the citywide Pre-K 4 SA program could be postponed because of the spread of coronavirus. At the time, Pre-K 4 SAs board supported the decision saying it would give them more time to plan for the future. The initial eight years of funding Pre-K 4 SA was approved by voters in 2012. San Antonio voters were scheduled to vote on a number of education issues on the May ballot: school board races for North East ISD, Southwest ISD, and Alamo Colleges District; a bond for Southside ISD; along with funding reauthorization for Pre-K 4 SA. As of Thursday afternoon, officials with Southside ISD, North East ISD, and Southwest ISD had not come to a decision about the election.therivardreport.com
Unlikely alliance distrusts local 2020 primary results
SAN ANTONIO – An unlikely alliance between the chair of the Bexar County Republican Party and an indicted former constable has been formed to protest the results of the 2020 primary one week ago. Cynthia Brehm is now in a runoff to reclaim her position as the local GOP chair, and Michelle Barrientes Vela lost her race for Bexar County sheriff. However, Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said any plans to overturn the election are between Brehm and the state Republican party. I stand behind this election.”Texas March 2020 Primary Election ResultsApparently so do Bexar County commissioners, after listening to Callanen’s explanation of the what occurred. She said once both political parties canvass the results Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, the official results will be released.
Bexar GOP Chair, Former Constable Question Election Integrity
Cynthia Brehm, who heads Bexar Countys Republican Party, criticized the Bexar County Elections Departments handling of the March primary election and demanded that the election be redone at a county commissioners meeting Tuesday. Not a recount, Brehm said. She dismissed the idea that her call for an investigation of the election results came from her missing the runoff in the sheriffs race. Thats not sour grapes, thats the community saying theres a problem.Now, both county parties must canvass or verify the accuracy of election results in their respective primaries. We must maintain election integrity.Callanen said she was unsure what would happen if the Republican Party of Bexar County did not send canvassed results to the state party.therivardreport.com
Elections Department Concluding Final Vote Counts Amid Recount Calls
The Bexar County Elections Department is finishing its count of late mail-in ballots and provisional votes, Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said Monday. In order to tally up votes, election officials must print out three copies of a vote summary of each races votes. Thats also why the elections department did not post final election results until nearly 3 a.m. on Super Tuesday, Callanen said. Because the primary election ballots were so long, it took election judges even longer to finalize results. Callanen added that the elections department is still looking for exactly why early vote results took so long to count.therivardreport.com
Bexar Elections Official: Software Issue Will Be Resolved by November
While software issues caused a delay in reporting vote tallies Tuesday night, one problem election officials encountered early on election day was fixed with a simple flip of a switch. Utility crews and facility staff investigated the problem; they couldnt figure it out at first, said Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen. More than 253,000 registered Bexar County voters participated in the 2020 primary election compared to just under 249,000 in 2016. Everything was just going really well until we [pushed] the button to start to release the early voting numbers, she said. Bexar County officials will hold another press conference once we know the how, the way, the where, the why of the problems, she said.therivardreport.com
Bexar Countys Election Day Opens With Technical Difficulties
Election day voters at 30 to 50 polling sites experienced some technical difficulties Tuesday morning, Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said. This morning, [some election officials] plugged in printers into the wrong portal, Callanen said. Julisa and Lela Smith left the voting location at 11:40 a.m. after they said election officials had to reboot the system. The election officials then store those cards in a emergency bin, where they are held until power is restored and those cards can be input into the tabulator. I was able to show the staff member that every site on that list had processed numerous voters, Callanen said.therivardreport.com
Despite Glitches at Some Polling Places, 42,000 Bexar Residents Have Cast Ballots So Far
More than 42,400 Bexar County residents cast ballots during the early hours of Tuesday voting.But not without glitches.Bexar County Elections Department reported that 42,441 people voted as of 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, the widely-watched primary election referred to as Super Tuesday. However, poll watchers say they received reports of technical problems at 10 locations, including the busy John Igo Library and Copernicus Community Center. Dallas, which also recently switched voting machines, also experienced glitches, he added. "Across the state, it seems like there's been a lack of preparedness and proper infrastructure," Gonzalez said. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com
Bexar County Election Officials Expect High Turnout on Super Tuesday
Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said at a Monday news conference that the elections department expects to see more voters on election day than in-person early voters. I have high hopes well see a lot [of voters] tomorrow.Statewide, the early vote and mail-in ballot turnout surpassed 2 million votes. Voters cast more Republican primary ballots than Democratic; just over 1 million people voted in the Democratic primary, while 1.09 million voted in the Republican primary. Voters also will select party nominees in county races, including three county commissioners seats and for Bexar County Sheriff. 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.therivardreport.com
Bexar County Sees Sluggish Early Voting Turnout in First Week
Though Bexar County has a record number of voters registered for the March 3 primary election, traffic at voting sites was slow during the first week of early voting. Only 45,270 out of 1.13 million registered voters in Bexar County cast ballots in the first six days of early voting. This year, the first six days of early voting exceeded 2016s Democratic primary turnout by 82,572 in-person votes in the 15 most populous counties in Texas. In the states 15 most populous counties, 13,684 more people cast Republican ballots this year than in 2016 in the first six days of early voting. She compared the current early voting numbers to previous years this year, total early votes so far have exceeded 2016 and 2018, which is not bad. In 2018, only 28,857 people had cast ballots six days into early voting.therivardreport.com
Bexar County Adds More Early Voting Locations Ahead of March Primary
Bexar County on Tuesday approved 38 early voting locations for the March 3 primary election, an increase in 10 over the previous primary, TV station KSAT reports Bexar Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen told KSAT that turnout for this year's high-profile presidential election could meet or even exceed that of 2016, when 25% of the county's registered voters cast ballots. Some 150,000 new voters have registered in Bexar County, bringing its total number of registered voters to 1.24 million the county's highest-ever tally. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current.sacurrent.com
Bexar County Poised to Hold Joint Primary Election in March
Bexar County will have a joint primary election next March, Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen confirmed Friday. At the last county commissioners meeting, Bexar County Republican chair Cynthia Brehm refused to sign a resolution that would have given the elections department authority to run both the Democratic and Republican primary elections on election day. Those requests have been tabled for now and will be discussed in contract negotiations over how to handle the primary election, Callanen said. Bexar County Democratic Party chair Monica Alcantara signed the joint primary election agreement earlier in December. Without a joint primary election resolution, the Republican party would have had to find their own voting equipment and hire their own election officials, Callanen said.therivardreport.com
Nelson Wolff Warns Republican Party Chair Her Plan for Separate Primaries Risks Repeat of 2002 'Disaster'
Facebook / Bexar County Republican PartyBexar County Republican Party Chairwoman Cynthia Brehm this week refused to sign a resolution to hold joint 2020 primaries. The Republican chair who was unavailable for comment at press time has yet to explain her unwillingness to sign. Wolff, when contacted by the Current, said he's unsure why Brehm seems intent on forcing a separate primary. For anyone who doesn't remember, the outcome included lawsuits, voters showing up to closed polling places and the ultimate intervention of a district judge. "I think she was in some kind of disagreement with Jacque, and that might have resulted in hard feelings," Wolff said.sacurrent.com
Election Day in Bexar County Features New Voting Machines, Voting Centers
In the summer, Bexar County commissioners approved a $12.5 million purchase of new voting machines to replace the 17-year-old system that the county had been using. More than 42,000 people turned out to use Bexar Countys new voting machines during the early voting period, which ended Friday. The voting machines still use a touch screen, but now voters have to print their selections and bring them to an electronic tabulator. It will be Bexar Countys first election with the vote center model, which means Bexar County residents can cast a ballot at any polling location in the county. Find a generic sample ballot for Bexar County here.therivardreport.com
Early Voting Numbers to Surpass Last Constitutional Election Turnout
As early voting ended Friday, Bexar County surpassed the last constitutional election total turnout in this years early voting period alone, Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said. In 2017, 38,801 people or 3.7 percent of registered voters at the time cast ballots in the November election (and approved all seven constitutional amendments). Weve had a wonderful turnout, Callanen said at a news conference Friday. We feel good that, with six hours to go, weve matched that number [of 2017 total turnout], Callanen said. Voters can vote at any of the 36 early voting locations.therivardreport.com
Early Voting Gives Bexar County Chance to Use New Voting Machines
Bexar County residents can use new voting machines when early voting starts on Monday at 8 a.m.Our technology was 17 years old, and believe it or not, the system ran on XP computers, Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said at a Friday news conference. She estimated that out of the 1.1 million people registered to vote in Bexar County, about 50,000 would cast a ballot. There are 36 sites scattered around Bexar County, all equipped with the new electronic-and-paper voting machines. During early voting, there are 36 early voting sites, including the Bexar County Elections Department. Find a generic sample ballot for Bexar County here.therivardreport.com
Bexar County Elections Department Unveils New Voting System Before November Early Voting Begins
click to enlarge Rhyma CastilloBexar Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen displays a paper ballot produced by the county's new voting machines. The Bexar County Elections Department unvelied a new voting system today, just in time for early voting beginning on Oct 21.The new system is an upgrade from the old voting interface because it includes a secured paper trail for judges to verify digital ballots. "This new system is an answer to a lot of the conspiracy theorists talking about voter fraud," Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said Friday at the Bexar County Elections Offices while showing off the new system. "People were demanding a paper trail so judges would be able to audit and verify elections afterwards. Lydia Ponce, who's served as a voter judge since 2007, doesn't think the new system will complicate things.sacurrent.com