110K people vote in Bexar County amid voting issues
Electricity down at Copernicus Community Center, Callanen says
UPDATE (10 p.m.): Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said as of 9 p.m., 110,000 people had voted in Bexar County.
UPDATE (7 p.m.): Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said as of 7 p.m., 102,427 people had voted in Bexar County. People were still in line to vote after polls had closed.
UPDATE (4 p.m.): Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said as of 4 p.m., 75,688 people had voted in Bexar County.
Regarding the issues polling sites encountered Tuesday, CPS Energy released the following statement:
“Providing safe and reliable electrical service to our customers is one of our top priorities. Earlier today, there were incorrect reports of a power outage at a local polling site. CPS Energy quickly responded to the facility and determined that there was not an issue related to power delivery. We verified the issues originated within the building systems and offered support to our customer to help trouble shoot the issue. Should any issues arise related to service delivery at any location, CPS Energy is ready to respond.”
More than 42,400 people have cast a ballot in the first several hours of Election Day amid concerns about polling locations, according to the Bexar County Elections Department.
Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said “morning jitters” have caused minor problems like printer issues, but 42,441 people have voted as of 1:30 p.m.
One polling location, the Copernicus Community Center at 5003 Lord Road, experienced power outages but people could still vote because machines run on batteries, she said.
Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Calvert’s office said election judges at the center had a stack of ballots to input, leaving cards exposed.
In a letter responding to issues at polling locations, Calvert asked for the department to “extend hours of operation for voting due to the disenfranchisement of voters if there are problems countywide.”
“If the elections administrator will not extend the hours to vote, voting rights groups are prepared to sue the county to have hours extended,” he said in his letter.
Callanen said all 280 vote centers are currently open. She added that the department has technicians out in the field to assist with mechanical issues.
On average, about 6,000 people have been voting each hour Tuesday.
Sites that saw the most voters during early voting — like Brookhollow, the Great Northwest and John Igo libraries — are the busiest this Election Day. Encino Library has been the busiest site so far, with 474 voters.
About 138,076 people voted early in Bexar County, according to the elections department. There are an estimated 1,130,000 registered voters in this county.
Unlike in years past, people in Bexar County can vote anywhere this Election Day. For those needing help deciding where to vote, check out this list of busiest and slowest polling locations.
Click here for a list of all of the Bexar County polling locations, which will close at 7 p.m.
Anyone making a trip to the ballot box must bring a photo ID. On the list of acceptable forms of ID: your Texas Driver License, a U.S. Military ID Card, a DPS-issued Texas Handgun License. Click here for a full list.
For those who don’t have one of the acceptable forms of photo ID, they can fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration at your polling place.
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